Warren Neale Wideman,77, Marthasville, departed this life in Marthasville Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.
Warren was born in St. Louis June 7, 1936, the son of Lloyd Wideman and wife Kathryn Blanche, nee Hawkins. On Nov. 21, 2001, he was united in marriage to Linda Marie Huff, nee Myers, and their families were joined as one.
Warren was a Christian, having been raised in the Methodist faith at Fairview United Methodist Church, Grubville. He was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Air Force
, entering Jan. 14, 1957, and receiving his honorable discharge Oct. 13, 1961. During his enlistment, Warren was a founding member of the Air Force Honor Guard and Drill Team.
During his working years, Warren owned and operated FM Warehouse Inc., Truesdale, for 12 years and Midwest Automotive Rebuilders, Warrenton, for about 50 years, closing the business in 2000. Warren also had been employed by ACE Manufacturing, Sullivan.
He loved riding and raising quarter horses and had at one time owned an AQHA Grand Champion and Superior Champion and a MQHA Grand Champion. Warren also loved to go camping and travel in his RV. What meant most to him was time spent with his family. Warren's children and grandchildren held a special place in his heart, as he did in theirs. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will forever live in their hearts, as will Warren's keen sense of humor.
Warren is survived by his wife, Linda Wideman, Marthasville; children, Kevin Wideman and wife Tess, Kenya Launius, Teresa Dickmeyer, Darren Wideman and wife Tina, the Rev. Anita Branson, Phil Orf and fiancee Tara, Lloyd Wideman and wife Jodi, all of Warrenton, Donald Orf, Portland, Ore., Alicia Teson, St. Charles, Craig Wideman and wife Kristi, Berea, Ky., Melissa Kenny, Johnstown, N.Y., David Wideman and wife Sarah, Huntsville, Ala., and Michelle Huff, Columbia; 24 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one aunt; brothers- and sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Kathryn Wideman; and two sisters, Joan Robertson and Kathy Otte.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Fairview United Methodist Cemetery, Grubville, with the Rev. Anita Branson officiating.
Memorials to the family are preferred.
The family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.