Bill Widdel


DEWAR – Marlyn William "Bill" Widdel, 80 years old of Dewar, IA, died Friday, February 05, 2010, at his home from heart failure, following a lengthy illness. He was born June 17, 1929, in Black Hawk County, IA at Dewar, the son of H.E. Ernie Widdel and Cornelia (Roepe) Widdel. On July 3, 1951, he was united in marriage to Arlene E. Hayes at St. John's Catholic Church in Waterloo, IA. Bill worked 38 years for International Foods "7up Bottling" in Waterloo and Cedar Rapids, IA, as a delivery man and production manager. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church – Barclay, rural Dunkerton, IA. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a Minnesota Twins fan.

Mr. Widdel is survived by his wife, Arlene Widdel of Dewar, IA, five daughters, Susan Hauptly of Dunkerton, IA, Patricia Knebel of Dunkerton, IA, Leanne (Wayne) Musch of Waterloo, IA, Julianne (Ben) Allaway of Des Moines, IA and Katie Widdel of Dewar, IA, also 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. His parents, two brothers, Robert and Leonard Widdel, one sister, Maxine Crane, and one grandson, Lucas Hauptly preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. – Monday, February 8, 2010, at St Francis Catholic Church – Barclay, rural Dunkerton, IA, with Fr. Kenneth C. Stecher officiating. Music will be by Stephanie Altfillisch, organist, Ben Allaway, soloist and the St. Francis choir. Honorary Casket Bearers will be Don Barron, Junior Dellinger, Harry Pilcher, George Jewell, Harry Hagge, Tyler Musch and Wesley Musch. Casket Bearers will be Pete Davis, Patrick Reynolds, Sam Hauptly, Colton Robinson, Ian Pope and Nick Hauptly. Burial will be at the church cemetery with military rites conducted by Nugent-Demuth American Legion Post 714 of Gilbertville, IA

Special services held at the White Funeral Home, Jesup, IA, includen a Parish Rosary at 4:00 p.m. and a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. Sunday. Online condolences may be left at
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal on Feb. 9, 2010