CHARLES (CHUCK) WIDENER 1/31/1922 - 1/28/2014 Chuck Widener entered into eternal rest on January 28, 2014, 3 days short of his 92nd birthday. Chuck was married to his high school sweetheart, Maxine, for 72 wonderful years. She was the love of his life and the best thing to ever happen to him. He would often say that the day Max chose him was the luckiest day of his life. Chuck and Maxine were married on January 11, 1942 and soon after Chuck was serving his country in the United States Coast Guard. Chuck was proud to have served on the U.S.S. Admiral C.F. Hughes in 1945. Chuck received the Letter Of Commendation for his service on this vessel and he was proud to tell you that his ship transported, by sea, the first 5,000 United States Army troops direct from the European Theatre to the Pacific Theatre of Operations. This voyage was the longest transport of troops performed in the history of the United States Navy and Coast Guard, totaling 15,500 nautical miles with no loss of life, no serious illness and not a single case of disciplinary action. Chuck was an avid golfer and enjoyed his many rounds with great friends at the Apple Valley Country Club. To those who played the game with him, you know how much he loved to count his "skins" at the end of each round. Chuck would gladly tell you that he scored his age, at least once each year, from the time he turned 77 years old until he parked his golf cart for the final time at 91 years old. Chuck was preceded in death by his and Maxine's only son and daughter in law, Jeffrey Widener (Terry) (d.1977). He is survived by his bride, Maxine Widener, their grandchildren Keith (Amy) Widener; Kirk Widener and their great-grandchildren Kyle, Zoee and Jeffrey. Chuck lived a vibrant life and will be greatly missed. No services will be scheduled.
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Published in the Daily Press on Jan. 31, 2014