Wideman, Bobby Dale

Date: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 11;00 AM to 1:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the Leukemia Foundation


Bobby Dale Wideman, known to most as Bob, of Iberia, MO, formerly Sullivan, MO, departed this life at his home, surrounded by the love of his family, on July 3, 2017, having reached the age seventy-nine years, four months and thirteen days. Bobby was born in St. Clair, MO, on February 20, 1938, the son of Grover Cleveland Wideman and Evaline Caroline Wideman nee Keen, known to all as Evie. As a young man, Bobby was united in marriage and blessed to have one daughter. In later years, he was united in marriage to Donna Lee Kersten nee Lange and twin daughters came to bless this union and he loved her daughters as his own.

Bob is survived by his life companion, Donna Wideman, of Iberia, MO; by his children, Tiffany Krenelka and husband, Michael, of Iberia, Theresa Wideman and husband, Ralph Huber, of Denver, CO; Linda Bishop and husband, Clay, of Tulsa, OK; by two step-daughters, Diana Vaporean and husband, Andrew, of St, Louis, MO and Renee Kersten of St. Louis; by one brother, Leroy Wideman and wife, Anna, of Sullivan, MO; by one sister, Hazel Kommer of St. Clair, MO; by eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces. nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Grover and Evie Wideman; by seven brothers, Howard, Gilbert, Ralph, Lawson, Marvin, Orville and infant boy Wideman, and by four sisters, Rosalie Ireland, Sylvia Bender, Gladys Kopf and Goldie Brewer.

As a young man, Bob was a truck driver by trade and had worked for the Von Der Ahe Van Lines for over thirty years delivering furniture. His passion was caring for his farm and family. He enjoyed raising and trading cattle, as well as horseback riding. He was truly an outdoorsman at heart and he liked to search his creek and farm for American Indian artifacts. Hunting was one of his many hobbies, as was fishing and boating. Bob enjoyed listening to country music and boosted he was happy to be a country boy. Nothing made him happier than the time he spent with Donna and his children and grandchildren and many wonderful memories were created.

A devoted and loving companion, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew him.

Funeral services were held 1:00 PM on Friday July 7, 2017, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO. with the Reverend Paul Niemoeller officiating. Interment was in Crestview Memorial Park near St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Foundation.