Widener, Glenn

Glenn Widener, 84, of Portales, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, at his home.

He was born Aug. 10, 1921, in Mount Ida, Ark., to Ida and Joseph E. Widener. In 1925, the Widener family moved to the Floyd community. He graduated from Floyd High School in 1940. He married Ila Faye Lee on June 26, 1943, in Clovis. In January of 1957, he left farming to begin a 16-year career as a peace officer in the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. He served as sheriff twice.

He was a charter member of the Floyd Lions Club and served as the second president. He was also a member and past master of the Portales Masonic Lodge No. 26. He enjoyed an annual deer hunt with his brothers in the Sacramento Mountains. 

Family members said he liked fishing and in later years he became an avid golfer. He was a devoted Floyd Bronco’s basketball fan and also liked to read. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Portales.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Marvin, Ray, Dale, Neal, Kirby and Earl Widener; and sisters, Pearl Whitworth and Bedie Jones.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Glenn Edward Widener (and his wife Carol) of Alamogordo and Dennis Lynn Widener (Deloris) of Clovis; grandchildren, Catherine Arlen (Darren), Carolee Ray (Joe), Valerie O’Neal, Joy Widener, Lynn Widener and William Widener; and great-grandchildren, Katleyn and Nora Arlen, J. D. and Addison Ray and Kaylee and Kelby O’Neal.

Rev. Dick Ross and Dr. Herbert Bergstrom will officiate.

Burial will take place in Floyd Cemetery.

Joel Widener, Kelby Widener, Caleb Widener, Kevin Atkins, Ray Rael, Brandon Griffith and Joe Widener will serve as pallbearers.

Wade Davis, Wendell Best, Tommy Goff,  Norvell Anderson and all other friends and neighbors will serve as honorary pallbearers.  

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.