E. Donald Widener, 94, of Creston, died Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Afton Care Center in Afton. Celebration of Life services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 15 at Powers Funeral Home in Creston. Rev. Jim Morris and Pastor Tony Thurston will officiate the service. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in rural Afton. Flag presentation will be conducted by Theodore J. Martens, Creston VFW Post #1797. Open visitation will be from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday with family with family receiving friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Powers Funeral Home in Creston. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Creston.
Earl Donald Widener was born November 6, 1921 at Chariton, Ia., a son to John Walter Widener and Esther A. (Johnson) Widener. He was educated in Chariton schools and graduated high school from there.
On June 26, 1953, Don was united in marriage to Sodie Mae White in Chariton. They settled in Chariton where Don was an auto mechanic. Later they moved to Des Moines and back to Chariton until 1967 when they moved to Afton where he began working for Ray Davis Pontiac in Creston. Don worked for over 13 years at SWCC as an auto mechanic instructor, retiring in 1986.
Don served his country during WWII with the United States Army under General Paton for four years.
Don is survived by his wife Sodie Widener of Creston; children, Craig Widener of Indianapolis, Ind., Tim (wife Jing Jr.) Widener of Grinnell, Ia. and Joan McCulloch of Newton, Kan.; five grandchildren, Chad Widener and Stephanie Widener both of Indianapolis, Ind., Jake Widener, Jack Widener and Kae Widener all of Taiwan. Don is preceded in death by his parents, grandson Jay McCulloch, brothers Vernon and Pete and sisters, Dorothy, Doris and Lucille.
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