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Michael 'Mike' Widmayer
May 28, 2014 - Staff
Michael "Mike" Widmayer, of Riverton, died Sunday, May 25, 2014, at his home. He was 73 years old.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 30, at the First Baptist Church in Riverton. A viewing will precede the service at 9 a.m. Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton with military honors.
Michael Moran Widmayer was born March 8, 1941, in Clinton, Iowa, the son of Michael Widmayer Sr. and Charlotte (Moran) Widmayer. He spent his childhood in Clinton, Iowa, graduating high school there. He then attended Friends University in Wichita, Kan., where he earned his bachelor's degree in Bible history and received a minor in philosophy.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged.
On June 19, 1971, he married Nor Virginia Bray in San Antonio, Texas. They had one daughter, Michelle.
He worked as an accountant and lived in Boston for five years before moving to San Diego, Calif., where he continued to work as an accountant for a number of years.
From 1976 to 1978, he owned and operated a "Travel Camp" program. He took children to five national parks; they visited Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, Teton, Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks. After that adventure he moved to Riverton in 1978 where he worked for the school system and had his own business, Widmayer Painting. He also taught music lessons, mostly guitar, out of his home until 2013.
He was an active member of the Christian Motorcycles Association. He traveled to Sturgis, S.D., in 1997 where he passed out bottled water with the association.
His family said he loved martial arts and teaching Kenpo Karate in the dojo he ran. He taught from 1982 to 1988 and then again in 2010. During some of that time he was in a wheelchair but still taught and earned the respect of his students. In 2010 he was inducted into the US Martial Arts Hall of Fame, an honor he was proud to achieve.
He was an active member of both the Lighthouse Bible Church and the First Baptist Church. He was a Sunday school teacher and participated in the music programs.
His family said he enjoyed music, leatherwork, putting together model airplanes, working on the pilot simulator on the computer to earn his pilot license, camping, backpacking and riding his motor scooter.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia, and his daughter, Michelle Widmayer, of Riverton.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Raymond and Charlotte Moran.
Memorials may be made to the National Lung Association in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2202 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.