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February 25, 2014

Dr. Neil W. Widstrom

TIFTON — Dr. Neil W. Widstrom, 80, of Tifton, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors with the Rev. Earl Steffens officiating. Interment will follow at Tift Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors. Active pallbearers are, Gerald Widstrom, Jeff Widstrom, Gray Widstrom. Alex Widstrom, Matt Widstrom and Don Widstrom. Honorary pallbearers are members of The Gideons.

Dr. Widstrom was born November 11, 1933 in Hecla, S.D. to the late John (Jack) and Tena Frohling Widstrom. He was raised on a farm in Hecla, S.D. until he graduated from high school in 1951 and enrolled in South Dakota State University where he received his B.S. and Doctorate degrees in Agronomy in Plant Breeding. Dr. Widstrom served in the U.S. Marines Corps from 1954-1956, then finished his studies at South Dakota State University. He retired in 2002 after working for 38 years at his first and only job for the USDA Agriculture Research Service in Tifton. Dr. Widstrom was on the Board of Brother Charlie’s Rescue Center in Tifton. He was a member of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society and Sigma Xi. In 2002, he was invited to give lectures on agriculture to a seed company in China for a month. He lectured in some foreign countries, mentored United States and foreign students and published and co-authored a number of scientific papers relating to his agricultural research. Dr. Widstrom received special awards in his professional field. He was an active and proud member of Peace Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Laymens League and The Gideons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters.

Dr. Widstrom is survived by his wife of 53 years, Virginia Widstrom of Tifton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald and Chloe Widstrom of Columbia Md. and Jeff and Alison Widstrom of Braselton; five grandchildren; one brother, Don and Dee Widstrom of Aberdeen, S.D.; one sister, Dot Lower of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one brother-in-law, Jim Richardson of Wisconsin; and several nieces and nephews.

Flowers accepted and memorials may be made to The Gideons, P.O. Box 7051, Tifton, GA 31793.

You may sign the guest registry at www.albritton-beaumontfuneralhome.com.

Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

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