WIDMER – Otto Arthur Widmer was born March 7, 1930 on a farm near Golden Prairie. He was the fourth of five children born to George and Emma Widmer.
When Otto was eight years old his father passed away and the family moved to Maple Creek where he attended the Jasper Street School. He learned the value of a hard day’s work at a very young age.
In Otto’s early teenage years, he started a career as a baker, working for Henry Filthaut at the local bakery. They were early mornings and long days but helped further shape his work ethic and paved his way for his life long career as an equipment operator. Otto began working for the Maple Creek R.M. in 1957 and was later promoted to foreman until his retirement in 1995. During this period he was given the nickname “CAT” for his love of Caterpillar equipment.
Otto always had a love to dance and that is where he met his future wife June Girvin. They were married on September 27, 1956, until her passing on January 16, 2016. They lovingly welcomed three daughters Jaqueline, Carolyn and Shelly into their family.
Otto is survived by his children Jaqueline (Mick) Popick, Carolyn (Kim) Kuntz and Shelly Wagner (Greg Buekert); seven grandchildren Cory (Christy) Popick, Chris (Amy) Popick; Kelsi, Kale and Kendra Kuntz; Karen Wagner and Trent (Brittany) Wagner. Otto is also survived by seven great grandchildren, Haven Popick, Macy and Samuel Popick, Linden, Ashlyn and Claire Wagner and Chloe Barker.
If friends so desire, donations in memory of Otto can be made to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church.