Richard Ernest Widdowson

February 1, 1926January 18, 2019

WIDDOWSON, Richard E., age 92, of Clayton passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones on Friday January 18. Born and raised in Princess Anne, Maryland, Dick joined the U.S. Army after high school and proudly served in the 16th Armored Division under General George Patton during World War II. He participated in the liberation of Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, where he returned in 2005 to be honored along with his division as part of the 60th anniversary of the liberation. Dick settled in Dayton after the war, met his beautiful wife JoAnne and began a long and successful career with General Motors as an engineer, where he was awarded over 30 patents and received multiple honors including the G.M. Community Service Award. He was an active member of Memorial Baptist Church for many years, serving both the church and the Lower Riverdale community in many capacities. In his retirement, Dick built a beautiful home with loving wife Mary Ann, where he enjoyed landscaping, gardening and moving dirt around with his Kubota tractor, as well as entertaining his family and friends with his witty stories. Throughout his entire life, Dick was known as a man always willing to help anyone and everyone in need of a meal, a ride, or any device that needed repair. He was truly one of the greatest of the Greatest Generation. He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Grace Widdowson, his six brothers, and his wife JoAnne (Norris). He is survived by his wife Mary Ann (Westhoven), daughter Marjorie (Rick) Strader, son Mark (Beth) Widdowson, grandchildren Sean (Noelle) Strader, Alex (Katie) Widdowson, Colin Strader, Andrew (Emily) Widdowson, Kerry Strader and Adam Widdowson, great-granddaughter Rowan Strader and dear friends Arlene Rasnic and C.J. Spriestersbach. There will be a Gathering of Family and Friends, Monday, January 21, 2019 at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME ENGLEWOOD CHAPEL, 675 West Wenger Road from 5 -7 pm. There will also be a gathering on Tuesday, January 22 starting at 11:00 am, followed by a Celebration of Dick’s life at 12 noon with Reverend Leroy Chambliss presiding. Burial will be in Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton. Messages of sympathy and support and complete obituary may be made at:


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Monday, January 21, 2019
  • Gathering of Family and Friends Tuesday, January 22, 2019
  • Celebration of Richard's Life Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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Richard Norris

January 22, 2019

So very sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Dick. He was one of the nicest and funniest people I have ever known. He was always doing what we considered humorous things, which made our childhood growing up in Dayton so very enjoyable. He was always ready with advice and a helping hand when we needed it. Keeping all the family in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult of times.

Sandra (Norris) Russell

January 22, 2019

We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Uncle Dick. He was an admirable man and lived such a remarkable life.
Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers

Sandy (Norris) Russell and family
Elma Norris

Dennis Black

January 21, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Dick at the Dayton, Ohio, General Motors (GM), Frigidaire, facilities during the 1970's and early 1980's.
I will always remember Dick as one of the most INVENTIVE and TALENTED Engineers that I ever knew during my 35 years as a GM Engineer and Chief Engineer.
His Product Inventions, literally, resulted in hundreds of Factory Jobs (over decades) and produced Billions of $$'s of revenue for his Company.
As stated in the Obituary, Dick was always willing to help anyone and everyone in need.
Dick was a poster child example of what a true American should be.
His Service to America as one of GENERAL PATTON'S BOYS makes him a Member of what is generally called America's Greatest Generation.
May he rest in peace.
I will never forget the times that we shared together.

Roger Norris

January 20, 2019

Shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Uncle Dick. Among his many attributes, I think what I will miss most would be his quick wit and deadpan sense of humor. Heaven, on the other hand, has just been upgraded. We are all immeasurably richer for having had him in our lives.

Duane Anders

January 19, 2019

Dick was a lovely person. He loved God, and loved his neighbors! He could see possibilities. Glad to have crossed paths. Well done good and faithful servant!