Obituary: Leonard Widiger


April 3, 2023

Leonard Widiger

Leonard Widiger

Leonard L. Widiger, 88, passed away March 16, 2023, with his wife of 69 years at his side, at Angel Home Health Care on Menlo Street in Mesa, Arizona.

Leonard Lee Widiger was born Nov 10, 1934, to Paul and Pauline (Bender) Widiger in Delger Township, North Dakota. He attended school at Bowman Country School and Fessenden High School.

April 4,1953, he married Beverly Owen. They farmed outside Fessenden until 1980 when they moved into town for the last time. Leonard purchased a number of businesses over the years and was active with the Fessenden Chamber of Commerce. He was instrumental in fundraising for the community swimming pool in Fessenden.

He enjoyed league bowling, playing pool and cards. He was very proud of his vegetable garden and was happy to share his produce with family and friends. In later years, he was very active with the VFW #7968 in Apache Junction.

Leonard is survived by his wife, Beverly; four sons, Gary, William (Laverne), Rodney and Keith (Mary); two daughters, Betty Widiger and Mary (Troy) Martin; 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marlys Olschlager; nieces and nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Carl; sister, Ella Gebhard; daughter-in-law, Tina Widiger and infant daughter, Linda.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 2-4 p.m., Friday, April 14, at Fountain of the Sun, Poolside Room, Mesa, Ariz., with burial at Hillside Cemetery, Fessenden, N.D., this summer.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home, Fessenden, N.D.


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