Gary D. Widler, 66, passed away Wednesday (Feb. 20, 2013) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY following complications from cardiac surgery.
Mr. Widler was born on May 29, 1946 in Sioux City, Iowa to Donald J. and Marie M. (Bergquist) Widler. He was a 1964 graduate of Downers Grove North Community High School in Downers Grove, Ill. and earned his bachelor’s degree in business from George Williams College. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1969-71. Gary lived most of his life in the Chicago area but had most recently resided in Andover, NY with his long time partner, Ada White, who survives.
Gary worked for several companies in the Chicago area, most notably as operations manager for 18 years at Phillips & Johnston, Inc. in Glen Ellyn. He later was a member of the grounds crew at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, retiring in 2007.
In addition to Ada White, Gary is survived by his first wife and mother of his son, Jandesa Widler; his son, Brent L. (Lynse) Widler of Chicago; one brother, Richard (Karen) Widler; one grandson Lucas Widler; many step children and step grandchildren; and three nephews.
He was predeceased by his second wife, Joan Phee Widler.
Gary enjoyed the outdoors and loved to fish and garden. He passionately shared his flowers and knowledge with his neighbors and friends. Growing dahlias was a skill he learned from his grandfather and continued with expertise. He was a lifetime fan of the Chicago Cubs. When unable to attend a game, he watched with great enthusiasm on TV. Gary was an active volunteer for Hart Comfort House in Wellsville, NY and was a member of Andover American Legion. Though a man of many interest and talents, he cherished most of all the times spent entertaining family and friends.
Friends may call on Saturday (April 6) from noon to 2 p.m. at the Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The memorial service with full military honors will be held at the funeral home on Saturday (April 6) at 2 p.m. immediately following the visitation with Rev. Patricia Bancroft, chaplain for St. James Mercy Care Hospital, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Crest Cemetery in Downers Grove on Saturday (April 27) .
Memorial contributions in Gary’s name may be made to Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532-1293 or Hart Comfort House, 141 East State St., Wellsville, NY 14895.