KEARNEY — George Howard Widdowson, 92, of Shelton, died from COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Kearney.

The immediate family will have a private funeral service at the Shelton United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Following the service, family and friends are invited to military honors inurnment at 11:30 a.m. at the Shelton Cemetery.

Apfel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


George was born on May 23, 1927, in Kearney to Howard and Maud (Hibberd) Widdowson. He grew up on a farm northwest of Shelton and received his education from Shelton High School, and graduated in the class of 1944.

He entered the U.S. Army in February 1946 and was part of the Asian occupation forces following World War II. He was honorably discharged in August 1947.

On Aug. 21, 1951, he married Helen Kappius in Council Bluffs, Iowa. George and Helen lived and raised their family on the family farm. He and his brother, James, were in a farming and livestock partnership. George farmed and fed cattle until his retirement. He also was active in the auction business and sold seed corn.

George and Helen moved to Shelton on Nov. 6, 1990. He was a member of the Shelton United Methodist Church and served as an usher for many years. He also was a long-time member of the Odd Fellows and the American Legion in Shelton.

George was a dedicated family man and an active member of the community. He loved playing cards, collecting tractors and talking to friends and neighbors. George had a great memory when it came to faces and names and was a wonderful neighbor.

Survivors include his wife, Helen of Shelton; sons, Richard (Susan) Widdowson of Naperville, Illinois, and Thomas (Mary) Widdowson of Kearney; daughter, Jennifer Watzke of Bennington; sister, Joyce Martin of Fort Collins, Colorado; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, James Widdowson.

The family suggests memorials to Shelton United Methodist Church or Shelton American Legion Post 297.

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