George C. Widule

Feb. 24, 1922 Jan. 15, 2011

George Criston Widule of Elm Grove died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 88. He was born Feb. 24, 1922, in Milwaukee, the son of George and Elsa (nee Schubert) Widule.

 He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps in Guam, Guadalcanal and Bougainville during World War II. George had a lifetime association with the Boy Scouts and Troop 76. The members and their spouses continue to gather socially to the present day. Much of his Boy Scout training aided him in battle situations during WWII. He was an accomplished musician and was a member of the Musicians Union Local No. 8 since the 1930s and was the leader of The George Criston Orchestra aboard the Milwaukee Clipper cruise ship for 15 years. He was also involved in real estate for more than 50 years.

 He will be deeply missed by his wife, Marianne of Elm Grove; daughter, Mary (Leslie) Morris of Waukesha; sons, John Criston (Sharon) Widule of Brookfield and George Criston Widule Jr. of Vancouver, B.C.; beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 He was preceded in death by his brother, Louis.

 Private burial with full military honors will take place at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.

The family would like to express a thank you to the caring physicians and staff at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Boy Scouts of America, 804 Bluemound Road, Waukesha, WI 53188, or to the charity of your choice.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave the family an online tribute message.