CROGHAN- Loren J. Widrick, 89, Long Pond Rd., died Monday morning at Faxton/ St. Lukes Hospital in Utica where he had been a patient four days.
He was born in Belfort September 17, 1924 to Benjamin and Alma(Mary) Zehr Widrick. He attended the Long Pond Country School. He married Betty Jean Arnold July 16, 1948. She passed away in May 1991.
Loren served in the US Navy during World War 2. He survived two sinking ships during that time. Following his discharge, he played baseball and did some professional boxing.
Before and after the war, he worked as a logger, worked at Latex Fiber Paper Mill in Beaver Falls for many years, retiring from Boise Cascade in December 1990.
He enjoyed many outdoor activities, hunting, fishing, trapping, cutting wood and nature. He also enjoyed spending time with his family.
He is survived by 11 children, Deborah and Clair Gascho, Susan and Gilbert Kloster, Valerie and Gary Schmitt, Kelly and Mark Proulx, Kristi and Neil Ardison all of Croghan, Loren Jr. and Clarinda, Natural Bridge, Mary and Roger Turck, and Brenda and Steve Turck both of Castorland,Kathy and Henry Pominville, Glenfield, Diane and Roger Tabolt, Lowville and Timothy and Dee Ann, Merritt Island, Florida. He has 39 grandchildren, 60 great grandchildren, 1 great- great granddaughter.
He also has two sisters, Ellen Roggie, Naumburg, Alfreda Roggie, Carthage, a half-sister Linda Lyndaker and a half-brother Edward Widrick, both of Croghan.
He is predeceased by his wife, a sister Gertrude, a brother Arnold, a half-brother Larry Widrick and a half-sister Judy Lafave. A grandson Michael Ardison also died before him.
Funeral services will be held 1030Am Thursday March 6th at the Croghan Mennonite Church. Spring burial will be in Gospel Hall Cemetery, Belfort. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 4-7pm at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Adirondack Funeral Home, Croghan. Online condolences may be made at www.adirondackfh.com.
In place of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Croghan Fire Department Ambulance Fund. PO Box Croghan, NY 13327.