Albert Widner

February 20, 1923September 16, 2013

Albert “Abbie” Eugene Widner

CHAPIN – A memorial service for Albert “Abbie” Eugene Widner, 90, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 20, 2013 at St. Peter Lutheran Church “Pineywoods” in Chapin, SC. Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Chapin Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Abbie was born February 20, 1923 in St. Marys, OH and passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2013. Abbie was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church “Pineywoods”. He was also a charter member of the American Legion Post 193 Chapin, Mid- Carolina Country Club, Retired Teachers Association of Wisconsin and Several University Alumni Associations. Abbie served his country in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1946. He was a Petty Officer 1st class (electrician/gyroscope tech) serving in the Pacific Theatre aboard the USS LCM 370. He received his B.S. from the University of Illinois in 1950 and his M.A. from Arizona State University in 1969. Abbie was a school administrator/teacher/coach in Racine, WI public schools for 34 years. In 1981 Abbie and his family relocated and retired to Chapin, SC. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, golfer and Gamecock fan. Among his awards and decorations are the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 Battle Stars, the Philippine Campaign Medal with one Battle Star, the Philippine Liberation Medal, the Navy Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He received letters of appreciation from President Harry Truman, and Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestal. Abbie participated in the first “Honor Flight” from SC. Surviving are daughters, Kathleen Rubbo (Roderick) of Spring Ranch, TX, Kendra Hawkins (Michael) of Prosperity (Cincinnati) SC (Ohio), Karla Gipson (Thomas) of Wadsworth, Ohio; grandchildren, Andrew Gipson of Minneapolis, MN and Allison Gipson of Wadsworth, OH and Robert Hawkins of Portland, OR; brothers, Dr. George Widner of Chapin, SC and Mary Kuck of New Breman, OH and sister, Nora Winget of Wapakoneta, OH. He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Synder Widner and brothers, John and Jim Widner.


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September 22, 2013

Dear Widner Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Abbie and Dorothy were like members of our family since moving to the lake! I know that my parents will be truly lost for a very long time. May the Lord hold you in his arms during this difficult times. Kerri Hubich MacIntyre, Keith, Lindsey, Lauren and Lisa


September 19, 2013


Kathy Sidwell Smullen

September 19, 2013

Mr. Widner was my 9th grade Algebra teacher in Racine. He was an excellent teacher and tough taskmaster. His expectations were high for all of his students. Kudos!

My condolences to his family.

September 19, 2013

I am sorry for your loss, I know there are no words that will take away the pain, but there is the hope thst you can see your loved one again.(John11:25,26)

Robert Debbi Batson

September 18, 2013

Abby will be greatly missed,but what wonderful memories we have of him. Watering blueberries, sharing fishing stories, driveway golf lessons, playing with Daisy, and afternoon chats with a fantastic neighbor.

Jim Lindquist

September 18, 2013

Sorry to hear of Mr. Widner's passing. He was vice principal at Mitchell School in Racine,Wi in the 70's when I was a student there. He was a very kind person and always had a smile. We will keep his family in our prayers.

September 18, 2013

MR. Widner was my Math teacher, and what a teacher he was. He took what was a difficult subject to me, and made It one of my favorite subjects. He used principals, I doubt any other teacher even thought of, and made It easy. and fun. His teaching never was ONLY about Math, but also about life, and certain responsibilities we were headed toward. I have never forgotten this man, and never will. I, as he probably did, hope you enjoyed the MANY years all of you shared.

Michael T. Nelson

Joseph and Jeanette Freno

September 18, 2013

Dear Karla and family.

We are so sorry for you loss.

Joe and Jeanette

Lisa Mowbray

September 18, 2013

It is with great sadness we hear of Mr. Albert's passing, our sincere sympathy. Will miss seeing his smiling face at church on Sunday's.

Gaynell & Patricia Amick
Forrest & Lisa Mowbray

The Staff of Caughman-Harman Funeral Home

September 18, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.