John Barrette
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June 22, 2012
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Treasured memories enliven Widmar clan reunion

From "powder monkey" to family patriarch, Carson City's Ray Widmar whistled while he worked and wended his way smartly through much of the past century.

Ray was a Depression-era powder monkey in Colorado coal fields, which means he set explosives and fired blasts to prepare work for miners. The job, which began at 4 a.m., required his diligence and a healthy respect for safety procedures. Surviving that subsequently took him into military service, which later led to a career in civilian service with the Navy.

Almost four decades ago, Ray decided to retire to Carson City. With him he brought …

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