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Deaths: April 15, 2002

April 15, 2002


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for George E. Widmann, 85, of Niland, who died Saturday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley. Bishop Tracy Mattice of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Brawley will officiate.

Mr. Widmann was born Aug. 15, 1916, in Calipatria.

He attended schools in Calipatria and began working there. He farmed for his parents for several years and during his lifetime he performed many jobs, preferring ones outdoors, such as logging, commercial fishing (for mullet in the Salton Sea) and farming. He sold mud suckers and raised catfish and bass on a fish farm between Calipatria and Niland for many years.


Mr. Widmann married Phyllis Marble. The Widmanns had five children: Gladine, Evelyn, Delbert, Marilyn and George Albert.

He built and maintained many duck clubs in the Northend of the Imperial Valley. He also worked as a heavy equipment operator and was still playing with the machinery until six months before his death, according to family.

Mr. Widmann was a member of the Elks and Lions clubs.

He was active until he broke his hip in 2001 and his health declined quickly.

Mr. Widmann was preceded in death by his sisters, Wilhelmina and Elizabeth and Elsie Wallace; brother John; sons-in-law, Richard Sever and Wayne Graham; granddaughters, Debra Ann Daker and Corina Sever; great-grandsons, Andrew Baker and Jacob Miller; and great-granddaughter, Shea Hamel.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Gladine and Ernie Daker of Niland; daughter, Evelyn Graham of Dolan Springs, Ark.; sons and daughters-in-law, Delbert and Aurora Widmann of Brawley and George and Mary Widmann of El Centro; daughter, Marilyn Sever of Fresno; sister, Dorothy Walton of Niland and Ann Helm of Ojai; brother, Mike Widmann of Milton-Freewater, Ore.; 23 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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