Denny Widick 63, of Perry Iowa passed away peacefully in his sleep. Denny was born to Dennis Widick and Norma Jones Widick on March 14, 1953 in Jackson Wyoming. He lived in various parts of Wyoming, Utah and Idaho growing up as his step dad owned a road construction business that took his family to different jobs.
Denny graduated from Lander Valley High School, Lander, Wyoming in 1971, attended the University of Wyoming and then joined the United States Army in 1973. Because he was stationed stateside and never made it to Vietnam, he always felt he wasn’t worthy of being called a veteran. He was a proud American and was the first to remove his cap at an event where the flag was presented or the anthem was sung.
Denny was an accomplished carpenter, painter and truck driver. He had an amazing work ethic and was meticulous at every job he held. He was injured on the job in 2007, which left him with a permanent traumatic brain injury but he did his best to maintain life as normal as possible.
He had a lifelong love for Harley Davidson motorcycles and owned many over the years. The last few years as Denny aged, he began to question his abilities with riding and sold his Road King in 2015. It was one of the hardest things he ever had to do. He loved his animals and Ozzy, his Shih Tzu, was everything to him. He loved country two-step dancing with his best friend, Lisa.
In January 1986, he met Lisa in Torrington Wyoming and they became best friends. They were married in Cody, Wyoming on February 19, 1988. He always said February 14 to the 21st was “hell week” for him as Valentine’s Day was the 14th, the anniversary was the 19th and Lisa’s birthday was the 21st. He always remembered those dates.
In May of this year, an opportunity presented itself for Denny and Lisa to move to Perry after spending the previous 24 years in Rexburg & St. Anthony, Idaho and a lifetime out west. Denny completely remodeled the house they purchased and almost got the entire outside painted before the weather became too cold to finish. He worked his guts out and was very proud of his accomplishments with the house. He loved living in Perry and said all the time, how grateful he was to live in a place like this. He had just been asked to join the Perry Lions Club and was very excited about that.
Denny was preceded in death by his father, Dennis and mother, Norma. He is survived by his wife Lisa, their dog Ozzy, cat Skittles of Perry and his in-laws, Maurice and Rebecca Schuddinck, Kimball, Nebraska.
It was Denny’s desire that he be cremated and that there be no funeral services.
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