Colonel Alvin L. Wimer
Col. Alvin L. (Lefty) Wimer was born on December 15, 1922, in Myrtle Creek, Ore., and passed away on October 21, 2010. He was the son of George and Veva Dyer Wimer who were members of pioneer families in Oregon. Col. Wimer graduated from Medford High School and the University of Oregon where he was a member of the baseball team and Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Col. Wimer was a pilot in the Army-Air Corps during WWII. He flew B-24s from India to China in support of the Chinese effort against the Japanese. Following WWII, Col. Wimer returned to the University of Oregon to complete his bachelor's degree. After graduation, he and his wife, Jeanette, opened a men's clothing store in Ashland, Ore. However, the newly formed U.S. Air Force recalled him to service during the Berlin Airlift. He was retrained in fighter aircraft and was part of the occupation force in Japan. During that time, the Air Force transitioned to jet aircraft, and Col. Wimer's squadron was part of the initial involvement in the Korean Conflict. During his nearly thirty years of service, Col. Wimer received many awards, including four distinguished flying crosses.
Col. Wimer was pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Jeanette House Wimer. He is survived by two nieces, Mrs. Leonard (Valerie) Kruczynski, of Los Altos, Calif., and Mrs. Douglas (Christine) Cochard, of Viera, Fla. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Mrs. Donald (Peggy) Wimer, of Huntsville, Ala.; three great-nephews; and one great-niece.
A Mass of the Christian burial will be said for Col. Wimer on November 24, 2010, at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 4227 Lone Oak Road SE, Salem, OR, at 10:00 a.m., followed by a 2 p.m. interment at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Ore.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Col. Wimer's name may be sent to the following:
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Scholarship Fund, PO Box 320910, Alexandria, VA, 22320-4910; The American Heart Association; or The Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.