Leonard Ernest Widholm, 84, of Gothenburg, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg. He was born Jan. 25, 1929 at Tallin Table north of Gothenburg, son of Ernest and Martha Alma (Weeks) Widholm.
Leonard grew up at Tallin Table and graduated from Gothenburg High School, class of 1947.
He served his country as an Army Medic during the Korean War.
Leonard married Leona Mae Sitorius June 6, 1950 at Gothenburg. They began a lifetime of farming and raising their three children; Susan, Trudy and Gary.
Leonard enjoyed farming, his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He also liked to travel and enjoyed Husker football.
Surviving are his wife of Gothenburg; two daughters - Susan (Eldon) Franzen of North Platte, Trudy (Tim) Kotschwar of Kearney; son Gary (Brenda) Widholm of Gothenburg; four granddaughters: Angela (Gabriel) Morrow of Wisconsin; Jennifer Fiese of Gothenburg; Sarah (Travis) Nichelson of Michigan; Jenn Kotschwar of Kearney; five grandsons: Richard (Melissa) Fiese of Elm Creek; Jeffrey (Shiloah) Franzen of North Platte; Tyson Franzen of North Platte; Jordan (Meggie) Widholm of Sioux City, Iowa; Jeff (Becky) Kotschwar of El Paso, Texas; 13 great grandchildren: Zacheri Caldwell, Sky Lineger, Trenton Flies, Ameila Grace Morrow, Jude Morrow, Mikayla Nichelson, Madison Nichelson, Adam Nichelson, Zander Fiese, Kegan Fiese, Audrey Kotschwar, Makenzie Kotschwar, Feona Mae Franzen; sister Carolyn (Donald) Glenn of Omaha; sister-in-laws - Elaine Widholm of Glendale, Calif., Sandy Widholm of Gothenburg; Margery (Norman) Jensen of Council Bluffs, Iowa; brother-in-law, Bill Sitorius of Gothenburg; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
Leonard was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Bernard Widholm; mother, Martha Alma Widholm - Fry; step-father, Samuel Fry; and two brothers, Marvin "Red" and Harold Widholm. and sister-in-law, Susie Sitorius.
Memorials may be given to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018 or Samaritan''s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000.
Funeral services were held at Evangelical Free Church in Gothenburg at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 22, 2013 with David Wiseman officiating. Interment followed in the Grandview Cemetery. Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg was in charge of arrangements.