Ralph W Widener Jr.

December 3, 1922October 21, 2011

Arrangements under the direction of Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home, Dallas, TX.


Ralph W Widener Jr.

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Steve Lucaas

November 16, 2011

I have only just now learned of the death of Ralph Widener. It is a great honor that he allowed me to call him my friend and a privilege that he allowed us to be on a first name basis. His contributions to, and love for our country are literally endless and he was a constant delight to be around. Rest well, my friend. We will try and pick up the slack from here. Your tour of duty on this earth is done. My admiration for you is endless and I look forward to seeing you again one day.

Edward Cailleteau

November 16, 2011

Dr. Widener was one of the handful of men who played a role into bringing me into active membership in the MOS&B, Military Order of Stars & Bars. He was an impeccable gentleman and set a great example. It was my honor to have served as CIC of MOS&B five terms after Dr. Widener. Now, only one--a very good friend--precedes me as a living PCIC. I look forward to seeing Dr. Widener again, when I cross the River. Edward Overton Cailleteau, Baton Rouge.

Police Officer Kevin Daigrepont #8212

October 28, 2011

"Doc" Thank you for being a friend to a young Police Officer. You were there many times to visit with me at my end of shift when I was coming in at 7 am in the morning tired and worn out. I had the pleasure of taking you on a ride along during one of my nights at the Dallas Police North Central Station and you bought myself an another Officer breakfast at IHOP. As if that wasn't kind enough you took the time to write me out a letter of commendation thanking me for the night which you then mailed to the Deputy Chief of the North Central Station. I still have that letter. They don't make them like you anymore. See you someday.

Richard Wilson

October 26, 2011

I met Ralph through my best friend Sid Willis and had the privilege of visiting with him in his home in Dallas. Ralph was truly an American Patriot and a fine gentlemen. He was about the same age as my Dad and I admire their generation because of their service for our freedoms. Because of my interest in history, Ralph was an encyclopedia of data. He was truly a delightful man. Richard Wilson

Cindey Cope

October 26, 2011

"Doc" your kindness will always be remembered. I know many who will hold on to their memories of you and be Thankful that you touched their lives. God's Blessings and comfort to you and all who loved and cherished their friendship with you.


October 26, 2011

May the God of comfort be with you during this difficult time. ( 2 Cor 1:3,4)

Sid Willis

October 25, 2011

Ralph, we have been the closest of friends since our first meeting in your communications class at UTA in the early 1970's, which was by the way, the most valuable college class I had. We traveled, dined, and served together many times and enjoyed each others company. We came together to assist veterans on occasion and it was always a positive experience during our many escapades. From the American Legion Post at Belo Mansion, Pentagon Masonic Lodge-Dallas, in Albuequerque, San Diego, and Las Vegas or Fort Hood, memories for a lifetime were created. You are an American Hero seriously wounded in Battle at Normandy. You are a respectful son who cared deeply for his mother, and cared for her 24-7 in the final years of her life. You are a teacher that touched the lives of many. You provided scholarships to students, a never ending amount of supplies to troops in combat, and assistance to many veterans in need. You are a man of principles and lived by them. And importantly to me, you are a mentor and friend. Fair winds and following seas to you Ralph, as you continue on this journey to your final reward. I will miss our times together. I salute you, my brother in arms, my brother Mason, my very close friend......LCDR Sid Willis, USNSCC