LEROY WIDMAN

WIDMAN Leroy Roy Joseph Widman, 74, passed away, Sunday, January 20, 2013. Leroy was born in Axtell, KS, but lived and was educated in Seneca, KS. After graduating from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in 1956, he joined the Army Reserves, but later transferred to active duty Air Force. In the Air Force, Roy was attached to the Air Training Command and was an instrument trainer technician/instructor. During his military career he received recognition from the 3510 Flying Training Group, Randolph AFB, San Antonio, TX for an improvement to an electronic relay testing device and was nominated for the Airman Instructor of the Year award by the 3250 Flying Training Squadron, Tyndall AFB, FL. While in the Air Force, Roy pursued his desire to become a commercial pilot and in 1969 he obtained a Commercial Pilot s License with the Instrument Rating and the Instrument Instructor Rating. He further qualified himself as a licensed private pilot in single and multi-engine aircraft land. While in San Antonio, TX serving in the Air Force, he also worked as a flight instructor at Kardys Airport. Continuing his career in aviation, Roy worked for Air Kentucky Airlines and Tejas. He joined Flight Safety as a flight instructor for aircraft belonging to Fairchild, specifically the Metro Merlin. He moved to Clay County in 1989 to work for Pegasus Technologies, Inc., flying not only the Metro Merlin, but also the Lear 35, as well as other aircraft until his retirement in 2009. Always looking to stay active, Roy began TRW Enterprises, Inc. a land development company responsible for the construction of a number of houses in the Bradford County area. During retirement, Roy became an active member of Elks Lodge 1892 in Green Cove Springs, Fl serving on the Barbeque Team and as Assistant Kitchen Manager. He was as proud of his ServSafe Certification from the National Restaurant Association as he had been of his pilot credentials. Besides spending time with his family and friends, Roy enjoyed traveling, dancing, and a good game of pool. He is survived by his wife Teresa Widman; his sons Glenn Paul Widman and Jeffrey Todd Widman; his step son Will (Amy) Fehrs; the Peanuts (Willie, Emma, Wyatt, Rachael); his siblings, Dorothy Schleicher, Bonaire, GA, Edie (Bob) Babbitt, Oak Harbor, WA, Don (Okie) Widman, Colorado Springs, CO, Jerry (Mary) Widman, Valparaiso, FL; Larry (Joan) Widman, Surprise, AZ, Mary Kay Manyon, Olathe, KS, Carol (Stan) Koch, Seneca, KS, Susan (Tom) Shepherd, Fleming Island, FL; a sister-in-law, Pat Widman, Georgetown, TX and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He is predeceased by his mother and father, Catherine Haug and Reinhold H. Widman, his sister and brother-in-law, Rita and Roy Kesner, and his brother Bob Widman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haven Hospice, 745 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL 32065 or the Elks Lodge 1892, P.O. Box 127, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. A celebration of Roy s Life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, February 4, 2013, at Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home at 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, Florida 32073, (904) 264-1233. The Family will receive friends from noon until the hour of service. The family is extending an invitation for friends to join them at the Elks Lodge 1892, 702 Orange Avenue (US 17S), Green Cove Springs, FL immediately following the service. Roy s final resting place will be the Jacksonville National Cemetery. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com

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Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home
529 Kingsley Ave. Orange Park, FL 32073
(904) 264-1233

Published in the Florida Times-Union on Feb. 3, 2013