George Widner

George Elgin Widner George Elgin Widner, 88, formerly of Holton KS, passed away in Seneca, KS on April 8, 2014, at a skilled nursing home. He was born in Valencia in Wabaunsee County on June 25, 1925 to Leslie Elgin and Elizabeth Cooper Widner. He attended rural schools and Eskridge High School before being drafted into the Army, where he was awarded a bronze star. He later finished high school at Topeka High after WWII. He married Althea Barron on July 12, 1944 in Topeka. She preceded him in death on May 19, 1983. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Leslie Edmonds, Colorado Springs, CO, a sister Mrs. Beverly Cook, Des Moines, IA, two grandsons, Austin Jones, Netawaka, KS and Ryan Edmonds, Parker, CO, and three great grandchildren. A granddaughter, Janell Jones, died in 1982. He was also preceded in death by his two younger brothers, Neil & O. Leslie. Mr. Widner worked and operated area restaurants and quantity food facilities in Topeka in the 1950 s before moving to Holton in 1960. He began Trails Caf in 1965, south of Holton, before moving to a new location at Sixth & Arizona in 1967. He sold the business in 1985. He was an active board member in the Kansas Restaurant Assn., serving as president in 1976, and was named Kansas Restaurateur of the Year in 1977. He moved to Salina where he married Arlene Watkins and operated Trails for 5 years. They were divorced. Mr. Widner returned to Circleville, working for the Jackson County Sheriff's Office as a cook before his final retirement in the late 1990 s. He married Pauline Horner but later divorced. He also married Martha Aitins and they were divorced. He was a life member of the VFW, serving as Vice Commander of Topeka Post No. 1650 and later Commander of Post No. 1367 in Holton. Graveside services with military honors will be 11:00 am Saturday, April 12th at the Wetmore Cemetery. George will lie in state at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton, where family and friends will meet from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on Friday. Family and friends will meet by 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home to go in procession to the cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Holton VFW, to be used to purchase flags, and may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 1034, 66436. On-line condolences may be made at George Elgin Widner

Funeral Home

Chapel Oaks Funeral Home
524 Pennsylvania Ave. P.O. Box 1034  Holton, KS 66436

Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Apr. 10, 2014