Norman Jimmerson

Nov. 24, 1938 – April 24, 2008

Norman F. Jimmerson, 69, of Sweet Home died April 24, 2008. He was born Nov. 24, 1938 in Salem to John T. and Vernice E. (Theurer) Jimmerson.

He enlisted in the Navy on July 3, 1956. His occupation was clerical/stenographer.

Mr. Jimmerson served on the USS Mansfield from 1956 – 1959, then transferred to Flag Allowance, CINCPACFLT, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from 1959 to 1963. After that he transferred to the USS Brinkley Base and served there from 1963 to 1970, receiving an honorable discharge.

Mr. Jimmerson then served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1970 until his retirement from the U.S. Navy, after 30 years of active/inactive service, on March 1, 1986 as a Chief Petty Officer (E7).

Awards and Medals that he earned during his service were: Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Defense Joint Service Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Certificate (three times).

Before joining the U.S. Navy he lived in Hoskins and Corvallis. He served at many Navy stations, including Portland, Long Beach, Calif., and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He moved to Maryland after leaving the Navy in 1974 and then to Jefferson in 1985. Finally, he moved to Sweet Home in 1989 where he continued to reside with his wife until his death.

Mr. Jimmerson served in the Military Order of the COOTIE of the United States. Positions included: Pup tent #20 seam squirrel, All-star Grand Adjutant, Outstanding CCDB during 1999-2000, Past Grand Commander from 2002 to 2004, All-Star Grand Commander during 2003-2004. For two succeeding years he also served in the VFW Post 3437. He served as an All-state District 14 Commander and All-state Post Commander.

Mr. Jimmerson worked with the Maryland Department of Transportation in the State Highway Administration in 1978. In 1979 he worked for the Wallace Security Agency, Inc. He also worked as a postal carrier and was self-employed as a truck driver from 1980 until his retirement in 1990.

He liked to build things and enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, cooking, traveling and serving in the VFW and COOTIES.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth K. Jimmerson of Sweet Home; stepchildren Larry (Carol) Larison Jr, Elizabeth (Mark) Elia, Patricia (Jello) Nice, David (Tami) Larison, Donna Larison, Tamella Jones, Sheryl (Valaunga) Siatunuu and Rosa (Bryan) Quinones, all from Oregon; stepmother Ellen G. Jimmerson of Oregon; siblings James Jimmerson, Gene Jimmerson, Mike Jimmerson, Robert Jimmerson and Pat Jimmerson – all Oregon residents, Larry Jimmerson of Texas, Judy of Oregon, Mary of Wisconsin Margie of Texas, Sherilyn (Robert) Foley Sr. of Oregon, Chester (Yvonne) Irving of Washington and Janet (Ron) of Eldridge, Ore.; father-in-law and mother-in-law William Lamont and Geneive Irving of Oregon; 27 grandchildren and 17 great -grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Myrtle Alta Young, in 1974; father John T. Jimmerson in 1983, mother Vernice E. Theurer-Jimmerson in 1944, and brothers Marvin and Glenn Jimmerson.

Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Sweet Home Evangelical Church.Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.