of Alberta

Wideman, Merlin

August 31, 1937 – August 28th, 2016

Merlin Wideman of Edmonton was born on at Tofield on August 31, 1937 to Menno and Barbara.  He passed away in Edmonton at the Grey Nuns Health Center at the age of 79 years.

He was a lisenced Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanic and his love of the open road led into a career as a Professional Truck Driver.  Merlin enjoyed riding his motorcycle, being in the outdoors and fishing. He also loved to travel, especially going on cruises with Viola and would often regale anyone within earshot of their travels and the places they had been and places they had yet planned to visit.

Merlin also enjoyed a great passion for flying and had obtained his private pilots license in Edmonton. His motorcycle and canoe trips with his brother-in-law Nathan Stutzman were also fodder for a great many stories.

He is survived by his wife Viola; sons Lorne (Rhonda) and Daryl (Suzanne); grandchildren; one sister Velda Stutzman; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Merlin was predeceased by his parents Menno and Barbara; one brother Marvin; nephew Dennis and brother-in-law Nathan Stutzman.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 1, 2016 atLendrum Mennonite Church in Edmonton with Pastor Kevin Guenther Trautwein officiating.  Cremation has taken place and inurnment will take place at the Glenwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Sherwood Park.