Gary W. Widell, of Warren, PA, died on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Residence in Warren.
Gary was the younger son of the late Eric H. and Edith W. Widell. He was born on December 30, 1936, in Barberton, OH, but spent most of his secondary school years in New Jersey, Mississippi, Michigan, Texas, and California.
He graduated from Whittier High School in Whittier, CA, in 1954. He subsequently received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He worked in the railroad industry for 53 years, the last 31 of which were as an independent consultant.
He is survived by his best friend and partner of 48 years, Michael J. Flagstad, of Warren; a sister and brother-in-law, Cheryl and Jeffrey Cross of Whittier, CA; a sister-in-law, Lois Widell of Las Vegas, NV; a niece and a grand-niece, Carla and Sydney Widell, both of Bermuda Dunes, CA; and numerous cousins and their spouses. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Eric. H. Widell, Jr., and by his two nephews, Eric H. Widell, III, and Craig Widell.
Gary’s strong belief in the sanctity of life led to his being a long-time hospice volunteer, both while living in West Virginia and after moving to Warren in 2008. Reflecting his strong mechanical inclination, Gary’s principal hobbies for his whole life were trains and ships. Arrangements will be private. Those whishing to do so may contribute to Hospice of Warren County or to Paws Along the River. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., Warren, PA. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com