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Raymond W. Widmer, 83, longtime Salisbury businessman, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Lenoir Woods in Columbia.

Ray was born Feb. 4, 1930, the son of Raymond Emmanuel and Edrie Esther (Legendre) Widmer. He married Marian Elizabeth Latz on Nov. 14, 1953, in Logansport, Ind. and she preceded him in death on Dec. 15, 1992.

Ray was a 1948 graduate of St. Joseph High School in Salisbury. He received a bachelor’s degree as a Mechanical Engineer in 1952 from Notre Dame. Ray served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Ray was a farmer and in 1959 he started Widmer Oil Company adding the concrete company in 1981. In 1987 he purchased Merchants and Farmers Banks, serving as CEO and Chairman of the Board. Ray had served on the Board of Public Works, St. Joseph Cemetery Board, member of the Salisbury American Legion, St. Joseph Catholic Church, and the Knights of Columbus. Ray was very active in Boy Scouts and attained rank of Eagle Scout.

Ray is survived by a son Joe (Cheryl) Widmer of Independence, Mo., daughters Kath Wix of Salisbury, Becky (Ron) Schepker of Columbia, Mo., Carolyn (Jay) Frey of St. Louis, Mo., 12 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and a niece Penny (Jim) Oswald of Boonville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marian, son Charles “Chuck” Widmer, son-in-law Chuck Wix, infant sister Helen Adele Widmer and a grandson Jason Willis.

Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 with a scripture service at 7 p.m. at the Summerville Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial was 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church followed by the burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph School Foundation or the St. Joseph Cemetery Association.

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