Robert Widmer

Obituary of Robert Werner Widmer

Robert Widmer, 96 years of age, passed away at his home at Brookdale Senior Living in Ontario.

Robert was born April 27, 1923 in Tillamook, Oregon, to Werner and Hattie Widmer. He attended school in Tillamook, graduating in 1942.

He met MaryAnn Fitzpatrick while going to school and they married on November 8 of that year.

He then entered the Army and was stationed in Fort Hood Texas. He was then transferred to Fort Lewis Washington where he was sergeant and supervisor of the Motor Pool there.

After the war, he returned to Nehalem, Oregon where he and his uncle went into business as partners in a logging operation for 8 years. In 1954, he and his long time friend, Bud Pease, moved their families to Ontario and went into business together operating B&B Shell Service and Automotive Service and Repair. He stayed at that until retiring in 1988.

He was also a long time member of the Ontario City Council and Mayor of Ontario, the city he loved.

He was preceded in death by his wife MaryAnn, a brother and a sister and a daughter, Kathleen Huffaker(Max). He is survived by sons, Mike Widmer (Kay) of Ontario, Jim Widmer (Claudia) of Ontario and Tom Widmer (Carol) of Eugene, Oregon. Eight grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren.

There will be no services at his request, as he wanted people to remember each other in life, not in death.

The family would like to thank Brookdale of Ontario and their staff, and Heart and Home Hospice Services, especially Abby and Sonya whom he always said, “Those two girls really know how to take care of you.”

Arrangements by Lienkaemper Chapel, Ontario. 

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