Gaylord Widner

Gaylord Herbert "Herb" Widner Jr.

Sunday, November 30th, 1952 - Sunday, April 5th, 2020
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Gaylord Herbert Widner, Jr., 67, passed away Sunday, April 5, 2020. Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Herb graduated from Bishop Dwenger High School and earned a B.A. from Arkansas State University. Herb worked in construction for several companies including his own, Widner Paving, Inc. Herb’s true passion was coaching and working with the youth. He was a cherished coach at St. Charles (basketball and track), St. Patrick’s (basketball), St. Vincent (basketball and track), and Bishop Dwenger High School (basketball and track). His 2014 Dwenger track team made it to regionals which he celebrated by getting a tattoo. He was a member of the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country for over 40 years. Herb was also a member of the Knights of Columbus #451, and Tau Kappa Epsilon. Herb was preceded in death by his parents Gaylord, Sr. and Aurelia “Mary” Widner. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Margaret; children, Tricia (Terence Jr), Amy Widner, Michael (Beth) Widner, Chris Widner. He was blessed with 4 grandchildren. Herb is also survived by siblings Beverly (Brian) Tomlinson, Susan Black, Lois Widner, and Robert Widner. A Celebration of Life Service is from 1 pm to 4 pm Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Bishop Dwenger High School. Memorials donations may be made to the Bishop Dwenger Track Program. FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services is handling arrangements.
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    Saturday, August 1st, 2020 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday, August 1st, 2020 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Bishop Dwenger High School
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Sally Niedermeyer

Posted at 05:02pm
We were so sad to hear of Herb's passing. Steve has so many memories of working with him--some of them bring a smile to his face and make him chuckle. He always respected him as a boss. I recall some enjoyable work Christmas parties. Herb was such a fun and nice guy. We were pleasantly surprised to learn somewhat recently that he coached our granddaughter in track!!! What a small world! Please know your entire family is in our prayers. And since we can't give hugs in person, please accept virtual hugs!
Sally & Steven Niedermeyer


McGraw, Offerle, J & A Myers, Campbell, Eckrich, M

Posted at 07:42pm
Herb taught us that sometimes all we truly need for success is a ton of hard work. Many prayers for your family. Go Saints!!
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Lynn and Chris

Posted at 07:23pm
Herb (a cousin once removed) and Margaret were great neighbors! They raised their kids to be well mannered and hard working. I don’t remember him ever complaining about his health issues. He coached several athletics and was also a good teacher. Rest In Peace, Herb!

Steve and Laura Elden

Posted at 01:09pm
So sorry for your loss. Herb was a lovely gentleman who will be missed by all who knew him.

Jo Keating

Posted at 10:49am
Herbie was a dear friend. We shared many memories from high school and college. He loved his car and thought nothing of driving it from Arkansas to Bloomington IN for a weekend visit. Always kind and a true gentleman. Wonderful sense of humor. He loved children and sports so it's not surprising his life was dedicated to both. He was one of a kind and many of my fondest memories from HS include Herbie!!

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