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Donald L. "Don" Widder

August 02, 1923 - April 30, 2017

Donald L. "Don" Widder, age 93, a lifelong resident of Naperville, IL, died Sunday, April 30, 2017 at his home. He was born August 2, 1923 in Naperville.

Beloved husband of 64 years to Marlys M. Widder (nee Sonnenberg), loving father of Sandra Widder of Romeoville, IL and Gary (Joanne) Widder of Plano, TX, adored grandfather of Brian and Kelly Widder, devoted son of the late John and Grace Widder, dear brother of the late Arthur (the late Florence) Widder, the late John "Bud" (the late Ethel) Widder and the late Marlene Branding, fond uncle, great-uncle and friend of many.

Don grew up in Naperville and served with the U.S. Army Air Force as a nose gunner on a B-24 Liberator,  one of the most famous bombers of World War II. After the war, he attended North Central College in Naperville and was later employed by Widder Decorating, Naperville for 30 years. He was a member of the Painters District Council #30 and Wesley United Methodist Church in Naperville. Don was a lifetime member of Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 and American Legion Post 43, both in Naperville.


Funeral Information

Visitation Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 4:00-8:00 PM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill Street, Naperville.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, May 4, 11:00 AM at Wesley United Methodist Church, 21 E. Franklin St., Naperville with memorial visitation starting at 10:00 AM.

Private Interment: Naperville Cemetery, Naperville.

For more information, please call (630) 355-0213.

Donations Information

In lieu of flowers, memorials to:

Wesley United Methodist Church, 21 E. Franklin St., Naperville, IL 60540, (630)355-1934,


Naperville Responds For Our Veterans, 210 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL 60540, (331) 684-7899,

Donations Links:

Naperville Responds For Our Veterans
Wesley United Methodist Church

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