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Bobby J. Wideman

1938 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Bobby J. Wideman Obituary
Bobby Joe Wideman, known to most as Bob, 79, St. Clair, departed this life Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Town and Country.

Bob was born May 21, 1938, in St. Clair, the son of Ralph Edward Wideman and wife Estella Marie, nee Busse. On March 28, 1958, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Carole Van Leer, and three children came to bless this union.

Bob was a Christian and longtime member of St. John United Church of Christ in St. Clair. During his working career, he owned and managed Ferrell Gas Company in St. Clair. He was an experienced heating and cooling technician. Bob was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army National Guard, retiring after 27 years of service. He was a member of Easter Lodge 575 AF&AM and the Order of Eastern Star, St. Clair Chapter 96 in St. Clair, as well as the Kiwanis Club. Bob was a founding member of the Route 66 Car Club, having a passion for old cars. He loved his 1952 Chevy, and over time owned and restored several others. What meant most to him was time spent with his family. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will forever live in their hearts.

Bob is survived by his wife, Phyllis Wideman, St. Clair; his sons, Timothy Wideman and wife Jody, and Thomas Wideman and wife Erma, all of St. Clair; his daughter, Tammy Alsop and husband Jim, St. Clair; one sister, Carlos Pierce and husband Don, St. Clair; one brother, James Wideman and wife Sharon, Union; seven grandchildren, Douglas Wideman and wife Sherry, Washington, David Wideman and wife Katie, St. Clair, Brad Wideman and wife Melody, Sullivan, Brian Wideman, St. Louis, Emily Dake and husband Brad, Cuba, Mo., Sgt. Drew Alsop and Ryan Alsop and girlfriend Tiffany Shadrick, all of St. Clair; four great-grandchildren; brothers- and sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; and many friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Estella Wideman, and his daughter-in-law, Rhonda Wideman.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with the Rev. Laura Mignerone officiating.

Interment, with full military honors, was in Midlawn Memorial Gardens, Union.

Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ, St. Clair.

Arrangements were in care of Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.
Published in The Missourian on Nov. 15, 2017
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