William “Willie” George Wimer, 91, of Brookeland, gained his heavenly tail twister assignment Friday, March 8, 2019. He was born July 3, 1927, in Bellingham, Washington, to Bernice Ann Urness Wimer and Roy William Wimer.
He is survived by his wife of seventy-two years, Bernice Wimer, of Brookeland; daughter, Carol Gonsoulin, husband Glenn of Kountze; son, Gary H. Morse, wife Dorothy of Nacogdoches; sister, Evelyn Wimer of Seattle, WA; brother-in-law, Leonard Loftin of Thicket; aunt, Muriel Kelley, of Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Teri Rodriguez, of Sour Lake; Jeri Kirkendall, husband Chris of Silsbee; Keli Zimmerson, husband Chris of Orange; Christina Edgar, husband Jake of Cedar Park; and Brent Morse, wife Karen of Bridge City; great-grandchildren, Meagan Cooper, Justin Morse, both of Orange, Justin Kirkendall, Erin & Taylor Jacquet, Joseph Rodriguez, Rebekah and Ben Kirkendall; Brittany Granger; Jackee` Graham; Miranda Graham; and Kristopher Dodson; great-great Grandchildren, Abigail and Alexander Edgar; Ava and Ryan Newman; Roselyn Deaton; and Caleb Cooper. He is preceded in death by his parents and great grandson, Gary “Skipper” Morse, Jr.
Willie served in the United States Navy during WWII, serving on three navel ships and one submarine. The last being USSA Osage docking him in Orange Texas where he met his wife Bernice. Discharging from the Navy they moved to Port Arthur Texas. Beginning his career in sales management with the Lin Motor Company. Willie was very active serving as a high school football official for thirty-five years, refereed high school basketball for thirty-two years and umpiring high school baseball games. He enjoyed bowling with Bernice, Carol, and Glenn. Willie become active in the North Port Arthur Lions club in 1954, holding the position of District governor in 1993-1994. Willie continued to attend Friday meetings when his health allowed at his transferred club in Jasper Texas.
Willie retired from Gulf Supply in Beaumont in June of 1992, moving to his weekend home in Brookeland, Texas. Within the year he began to substitute teach at Jasper High School and volunteer as an assistant coach to the High school golf team. He finished his teaching career in October of 2013. Willie attended church with Bernice faithfully and enjoyed listening to old gospel music. He traveled all across the United States with Bernice and grandkids on summer vacations sharing his love for the open roads and seeing new sites. He was never without a joke or licorice to share. Never passed up a Walmart nor turned down candy or soda. Willie never met a stranger and always asked, “What school did you go to and did you play ball?” We could never have enough words or time to express our love and appreciation for the life Willie “Gampy” Wimer lived. His honesty and strong character lives on in his family and we thank you for sharing this going home service with us. We would like to thank all of Willies care givers at the Jefferson Rehab Center, Advantage Plus in Jasper, and Mandy with Humana Ins. We will see him again, hope you will come too. Willie wanted us to share John 3:16 with you as his parting verse.
Thank you again.
A gathering of Mr. Wimer’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday, March 11, 2019, at Broussard’s, 530 West Monroe, Kountze. His funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Broussard’s.
Memorial contributions may be made to Texas Lions Camp, 4100 San Antonio Highway, Kerrville, Texas, 78028 www.lionscamp.com or to the Southeast Texas Veterans Service Group, P.O. Box 12352, Beaumont, Texas 77726.
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