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Rosewood Funeral Chapel

3304 Mockingbird Ln, Victoria, TX

OBITUARY

Ron Wideman

September 4, 1942July 29, 2020
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Ron Wideman, 77, of Victoria, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 29, 2020. Ron was born on September 4, 1942 in Lufkin, TX to the late Cecil Cochrell and Norris Wideman. After serving 21 years in the US Navy, Ron “retired” to a 24 year career with EEOC as an investigator. Following his second retirement, Ron was active at his church where he faithfully served as a Deacon. Volunteering was his forte with Hospice of South Texas, Comfort Care, hospital visits, NARFE, and leading many fields trips with his senior bible class (which he also started). One of his favorite things to do was dress up as “Poppy Claus” every Christmas Eve and deliver candy canes to staff, admitted patients, and their families at Citizen Medical Center. He wanted to bring a little joy to those having to spend Christmas in the hospital. Ron loved to travel with Janis and see the Gaithers perform, cook and garden with his granddaughters, and research his family genealogy. Specifically, Ron enjoyed trips to Salt Lake City for genealogy research and Kansas City/Overland Park to see plays at The New Theatre. His passion to comfort others, build gingerbread houses with his grandchildren, and show kindness to everyone he met, will be dearly missed. Ron is survived by his wife of 50 years, Janis Wideman of Victoria; son, Scott M. Wideman (Sarah) of Victoria and his grandchildren, Tyler, Emily, Ellie, Alexa and Alyse Wideman. He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Audie Piper, Marie Johnson and brothers, Bobby, Morris and Horris Wideman. Visitation for family and friends will be Sunday, August 2, 2020 from 2-5 PM at Rosewood Funeral Chapel. The family ask that you practice social distancing and avoid hugging and handshakes during this time, to protect their family and yours. Ron will be laid to rest at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors. Honorary pallbearers are Deacons of Northside Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of South Texas. Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Janis Wideman, Wife
  • Scott Wideman and wife Sarah, Son
  • Tyler, Emily, Ellie, Alexa and Alyse Wideman, Grandchildren
  • Norris Wideman, Father (deceased)
  • Cecil Cochrell Wideman, Mother (deceased)
  • Audie Piper, Sister (deceased)
  • Marie Johnson, Sister (deceased)
  • Bobby Wideman, Brother (deceased)
  • Morris Wideman, Brother (deceased)
  • Norris Wideman, Brother (deceased)

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Deacons of Northside Baptist Church, Honorary

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 2, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Graveside Service are pending

Memories

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Candace Tannous

August 9, 2020

Dear Jan and Scott and Family,
"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints." Psalm 116:15 We have many warm memories of our time together as neighbors on Jademont Lane. Ron was such a kind and gentle man with a smile that was pure gold. Our kids (Issa, Jack, Kate) send their condolences to Scott in the loss of his dad. It must be so tough. Jan, we send you hugs and all our prayers for your comfort in this heartbreak. What you and Ron shared together was a taste of heaven here on earth. We thank God for your family and we pray for your sorrow to be lightened by the Lord's mercy and grace.
Sincerely with love,
Paul and Candy Tannous

John Creswell

August 8, 2020

Ron and I were District Representatives in the South Texas Area and quickly became good friends. Ron and Janis helped me to serve as Area Vice President and State President. Ron always gave good advice and support and volunteered to serve for several years as DR-12 and District 27 Congressional District Leader. We had a lot of fun at area, state and national conventions, Ron and Janis also served for 2 years as Texas Federation Co-Historians by cleaning the records and selecting a suitable final location. Ron will be a great loss to Janis and Family and his many friends. Rest in peace Ron.

Sandy Vogel

August 5, 2020

What lovely photos. I enjoyed every one of them!

I met Janis and Ron at several NARFE conventions and had the most fun time with them. They were so friendly and interesting to talk to. And we just laughed and laughed.

Janis, please accept my sincere sympathy for you and your family and promise you will stay in touch.

Ron was one of a kind, and we were all blessed to have known him.

Emily Wideman

August 4, 2020

My Poppy was one of the greatest men I’ve ever known. He always taught me to be giving, love God, and care for my family. There’s so many memories of him that I have and I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for the things he has taught me- however I want to share this. When I was little, I would go over to Poppy and Cece’s a lot, and I loved it. There was never a day that I didn’t enjoy being there, and we would always have so much fun ( they would have these little animals and my dads old Star Wars toys to play with) and I never left that house feeling even the slightest bit of unhappiness. However, as we grew up we didn’t go to our grandparents as much, and to counter that, my Poppy would take each of us on our own “Grandpa’s day out”. He’d pick us up and take us to 59 diner, and the 99 cents store (let us pick out whatever we wanted), and even the library. I’m 19, and the memories of this are still so prominent to me because they are really some of the most joyous moments of my life. My Poppy was an amazing man, and there will not be a time that I won’t live by what he’s taught me: Love and care for others, especially your family, and never sing at the dinner table.

Dora Benavides

August 2, 2020

Ron Wideman was NARFE Tx Federation Dist 14 representative when I met him. I had just started as Pres of Chapter 91, Sparkling City by the Sea, and was nervous that I was not doing a good job. One day after meeting with Ron & Janis in Victoria, my friend Joel Menking called & said "Ron wants to give you the boot" and would not tell me any more. Now I really felt discouraged. Turns out "the boot" that Ron sent with Joel was a Texas sized plastic boot filled with delicious candy & a very nice note. I thought then that Ron had a "mischievous sense of humor"....and I liked that!! Thereafter, Ron & Janis were special friends to NARFE and mentors to me. I will miss my friend.
My deepest condolences to Janis and family & thank you for sharing Ron with all of us.

Ginger McGill

August 2, 2020

My sincere condolences Janis and family on the loss of Ron. He was one of a kind and such a gracious man. Enjoyed the conversation with him on our Salt Lake Trips about interests, health and status of the research. He will be missed. I am sure he will get all the answers to his "brick wall" questions on his research now. You are in my prayers. Stay Safe!

James and Pam Lindsey

August 1, 2020

Ron was truly a man of God and one of the sweetest men we know! He touched the lives of many and will be missed my everyone fortunate enough to have been around him any time at all....Our sincere sympathy to his family....James and Pam Lindsey, Northside Baptist Church

Beatrice Wallace

July 31, 2020

I will always remember Ron as a truly caring and special person. I was so fortunate to have met him. Ron was a good friend. He certainly touched so many lives. Janis, I know the many wonderful memories Ron leaves behind will help you and your family in your healing process.
With sincere condolences,
Beatrice Wallace

Steve Damiani

July 31, 2020

I was blessed to know Ron during his time at EEOC. He was my lunch buddy for several years leading up to his well-deserved retirement, when we could get him to leave work in his office and go. He loved walking to Russo’s Pizzeria, midtown. Ron was a real role model: principled, honest, smart, helpful, so hard working - possibly the hardest worker in our office. He’s was an ideal civil servant. His staff loved him. I remember him going out of his way to give the interns a great learning experience. I’d often see him skipping lunch while teaching interns. Ron pushed them to learn much more than his fellow supervisors. In the beginning many didn’t like this , but by the end they spoke of their gratitude for him. My wife and I attended his retirement party. He was happy. Enjoyed the travel post cards he sent the office. These pics here are sweet. That’s one life well lived.

Donna Schultheiss

July 30, 2020

Ron was a treasure to the community in every way. He was kind, thoughtful, and such a pleasure to be around. We will miss him.

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Biography

Ron Wideman, 77, of Victoria, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 29, 2020. Ron was born on September 4, 1942 in Lufkin, TX to the late Cecil Cochrell and Norris Wideman.
After serving 21 years in the US Navy, Ron “retired” to a 24 year career with EEOC as an investigator. Following his second retirement, Ron was active at his church where he faithfully served as a Deacon. Volunteering was his forte with Hospice of South Texas, Comfort Care, hospital visits, NARFE, and leading many fields trips with his senior bible class (which he also started). One of his favorite things to do was dress up as “Poppy Claus” every Christmas Eve and deliver candy canes to staff, admitted patients, and their families at Citizen Medical Center. He wanted to bring a little joy to those having to spend Christmas in the hospital.
Ron loved to travel with Janis and see the Gaithers perform, cook and garden with his granddaughters, and research his family genealogy. Specifically, Ron enjoyed trips to Salt Lake City for genealogy research and Kansas City/Overland Park to see plays at The New Theatre. His passion to comfort others, build gingerbread houses with his grandchildren, and show kindness to everyone he met, will be dearly missed.
Ron is survived by his wife of 50 years, Janis Wideman of Victoria; son, Scott M. Wideman (Sarah) of Victoria and his grandchildren, Tyler, Emily, Ellie, Alexa and Alyse Wideman.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Audie Piper, Marie Johnson and brothers, Bobby, Morris and Horris Wideman.
Visitation for family and friends will be Sunday, August 2, 2020 from 2-5 PM at Rosewood Funeral Chapel.
The family ask that you practice social distancing and avoid hugging and handshakes during this time, to protect their family and yours.
Ron will be laid to rest at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors.
Honorary pallbearers are Deacons of Northside Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of South Texas.
Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

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