CAMPBELLSBURG, Ky. - Wylee Douglass Zimmerman, 71, formerly of Campbell, Mo., and Jonesboro, Ark., died Feb. 5, 2005, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Louisville.
Born March 14, 1933, near Malden, son of the late Hershel Wiley and Goldie Mae Venable Zimmerman, he graduated from Bernie (Mo.) High School and attended the University of Alaska at Anchorage, Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Mich., Mankato (Minn.) State University, the Federal Aviation Agency Academy in Oklahoma City, the University of Louisville and several military schools.
A U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, he was also a U.S. Army veteran of Lebanon/Grenada, Panama, and the Persian Gulf War. Also a graduate of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas, Zimmerman 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.
A commercial pilot, single-engine land and sea, Zimmerman was also an advanced ground instructor. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1993 and also retired from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration. He was a 32nd degree Mason and affiliated with Four-Mile Lodge 212 in Campbell, the Confederate Military Lodge of Research in Alabama, Scottish Rite in Juneau, Alaska and Osman Shrine in St. Paul, Minn. Zimmerman was a paid-up-for-life member and past commander of C. Dolph Gehrig American Legion Post 109 in Campbell. He was a member of the Air National Guard Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Graduates Association, the Orphan Brigade Kinfolk, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. Zimmerman was a life member of VFW Post 1991 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 26, both in Jonesboro; the Air Force Gunners Association, JFK Special Warfare Museum Association, Non-Commissioned Officer Association, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
On Aug. 22, 1953, in Bernie, he married Janet Irene Siedenburg. This marriage ended in divorce.
He and Jo Anne Lindsey were married July 26, 1960, in Kansas City, Kan., and she preceded him in death on Nov. 26, 1996.
Survivors include: three sons, Mark Douglass Zimmerman of Gautier, Miss., Randy Wayne Zimmerman of Gulfport, Miss., and Curtis Robert Zimmerman of Campbellsburg; two daughters, Debra Lynne Severin of Santa Fe, Texas, and Joy Wyleene Davis of Campbellsburg; two brothers, William Lee "Bill" Zimmerman of Malden, Mo., and Terry Dwight Zimmerman of Smyrna, Tenn.; one sister, Patricia Ann Francis of Gautier; four grandsons, Shane Michael Wells of Baytown, Texas, Jeremy Jacob Severin of Santa Fe, Damien Louis Davis, stationed with the U.S. Air Force at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and Brandon Lucas Zimmerman of Louisville; four granddaughters, Danielle Lenay Doherty of Santa Fe, Kaycee Lynn Davis of Campbellsburg and Cassandra Rene Zimmerman and Brooke Rachelle Zimmerman of Louisville; five great-grandsons, Ethan Rhys Wells and Ty Jordan Wells of Baytown, Texas, Jason Eugene Doherty and Dustin Ryan Hughes Severin of Santa Fe and Darren Louis Davis of Louisville; one great-granddaughter, Jacey Michelle Doherty of Santa Fe; and a special friend, Patsy Swanner of Jonesboro.
One brother, Houston Dale Zimmerman, also preceded him in death.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Bernie, where Masonic rites will be conducted at 7:30 p.m.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Full military graveside rites will be conducted at the Bernie Cemetery.