Wylee Douglass Zimmerman, 71, of Campbellsburg, Ky., formerly of Campbell and Jonesboro, Ark., died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, of cancer at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Louisville, Ky.
Mr. Zimmerman was born March 14, 1933, at home near Malden to the late Hershel wiley Zimmerman and Goldie Mae Venable Zimmerman. He married Janet Irene Siedenburg on Aug. 22, 1953, in Bernie. This marriage ended in divorce. He married Jo Anne Lindsey on July 26, 1960, in Kansas City, Kan. She preceded him in death on Nov. 26, 1996.
Wylee attended rural schools in the Bernie area, Bernie High School, University of Alaska in Anchorage, Alaska, Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Mich., Mankato State University in Mankato, Minn., Federal Aviation Agency Academy in Oklahoma City, Okla., University of Louisville, Ky., and many military schools.
He was a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a United States Army veteran of Lebanon/Grenada, Panama, and the Persian Gulf War. He retired from the United State Army in 1993. He was also retired from the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration. He enjoyed travel and had lived in or visited all 50 of the United States and several foreign countries including Canada, Mexico, Greenland, Germany, England, Norway, Holland, Belgium, Japan and Korea.
He was a 32nd degree Mason and his Masonic affiliations included Four-Mile Lodge #212 in Campbell, Confederate Military Lodge of Research in Alabama, Scottish Rite in Juneau, Alaska, and Osman Shrine in St. Paul, Minn.
He was a paid-up-for-life member and past commander of C. Dolph Gehrig American Legion Post 109 in Campbell; a life member of Veterans of Foreign Ward Post 1991 in Jonesboro, Ark.; and a life member of the Jonesboro Chapter #26 Disabled American Veterans in Jonesboro, Ark. He was a commercial pilot, single-engine land and sea, advanced ground instructor, and a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas; a life member of the Air Force Gunners Association; life member of the Air National Guard Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Graduates Assocation; life member of the JFK Special Warfare Museum Association; life member of the Non-Commissioned Officer Association; life member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans; member of the Orphan Brigade Kinfolk; Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War; and the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.
He is survived by three sons, Mark Douglass Zimmerman of Gautier, Miss., Randy Wayne Zimmerman of Gulfport, Miss., and Curtis Robert Zimmerman of Campbellsburg, Ky.; two daughters, Debra Lynne Severin of Santa Fe, Texas, and Joy Wyleene Davis of Campbellsburg, Ky.; four grandsons, Shane Michael Wells of Baytown, Texas, Jeremy Jacob Severin of Santa Fe, Texas, Damien Louis Davis of the United States Air Force at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and Brandon Lucas Zimmerman of Louisville, Ky.; four granddaughters, Danielle Lenay Doherty of Santa Fe, Texas, Kaycee Lynn Davis of Campbellsburg, Ky., Cassandra Rene Zimmerman and Brooke Rachelle Zimmerman, both of Louisville, Ky.; five great-grandsons, Ethan Rhys Wells and Ty Jordan Wells, both of Baytown, Texas, Jason Eugene Doherty and Dustin Ryan Hughes Severin, both of Santa Fe, Texas, and Darren Louis Davis of Louisville, Ky.; one great-granddaughter, Jacey Michelle Doherty of Santa Fe, Texas; two brothers, William Lee "Bill" Zimmerman of Malden and Terry Dwight Zimmerman of Smyrna, Tenn.; one sister, Patricia Ann Francis of Gautier, Miss.; and a special friends, Patsy Swanner of Jonesboro, Ark.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Houston Dale Zimmerman.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Bernie with a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel.
Interment will follow in the Bernie Cemetery with full military rites.