A funeral service for Stanley A. Widmer, 78, of Wayland will be held Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 11AM at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church with Pastors Nathan and Rachelle Luitjens officiating. Following the service the body will be cremated and a private family burial will be held at a later date. Visitation with the family present will be held Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 5 – 7 PM at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for Sugar Creek Mennonite Church and Sugar Creek Cemetery. Stanley Widmer died Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 11:15 am at Briarwood Health Care Center in Iowa City, following a long battle with cancer. Beatty Funeral Home of Wayland is handling arrangements.
Stanley Allen Widmer was born July 21, 1936 near Wayland, IA the son of Daniel George and Viola Esther (Wyse) Widmer. He attended Prospect Country School, graduated from Wayland High School in 1954 and from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1963 with a BA in Business and a minor in Psychology, being the only one in his family to go to college. Stan served in 1W from 1957–1958 at the Denver General Hospital in Denver, Colorado, during the time of the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Martha Ann Graber on September 24, 1967 at the home of Rev. Vernon and Mabel Gerig in rural Wayland. Stan was involved in the Feed and Grain business, a hog buyer, turkey hatchery, raised turkeys, and many years in insurance sales for Iowa Mennonite Mutual Aid for 35 years and MMA for 20 years. He was a lifelong member of Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, baptized in the fall of 1949 where he taught sunday school for many years. He enjoyed sports and was an avid Hawkeye and Cubs fan, enjoyed his coffee club the "Round Table", and most of all spending time with his family. He was known to his family and friends for his quick wit and humor.
Survivors include his wife Martha of Wayland, son Todd Michael (Marcia) Widmer and two granddaughters: Sadie and Claire Widmer of Iowa City, two brothers: Dale (Geraldine) Widmer of Mt. Pleasant and Wesley (Elizabeth) Widmer of Washington, three sister-in-laws: Marie Widmer of Washington, Alta Widmer of Iowa City, Phyllis (Don) Headrick of Washington, and lots of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers: Galen, Clayton, Clinton, George, Willard, and Blaine, one sister: Vernelda Slagel, one sister-in-law: Mary Lois Widmer, one brother-in-law: Warren Slagel, and one nephew.