Wilmer V. Dorman passed peacefully at his residence in Jasper on July 26, 2013 at the age of 92. He was an identical twin born to Wiley E. Dorman and Laura Tubbe Dorman on August 17, 1920 near the Lacyville community in Nacogdoches County, TX. After graduation from Woden High School (Class of 1940), where he was a track star, he worked at Swift Brother Smith's Drugstore in down town Nacogdoches. In August, 1942, he was inducted into the U.S. Army (320th Infantry Division) where he attained the rank of Master Sargent in the Mountain Division. He received a Purple Heart for the injuries sustained in St. Lo, France on July 31, 1944, recovered in an England hospital and was honorably discharged April 10, 1945 at Brooke General Hospital in San Antonio, TX. While coming through Port Arthur, TX on his return home, he met his sweetheart, Amy Turner, who he married six weeks later and recently celebrated 68 years of marriage with her on June 2, 2013. They settled down in Baytown, TX where he worked for Exxon Refinery for 37 years, raised two children and was active in Redeemer Lutheran Church. During these years and the years that followed his retirement in 1982, he spent much time in the outdoors pursuing his passion of hunting and fishing. He raised many beautiful gardens after relocating to Jasper, TX in 1984 and loved to eat and share the fresh bounty with friends and family. During this time he was also an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and enjoyed having his family living close by for all these many years; especially as his health began to fail. He is preceded in death by his parents and his twin brother, Tilmer Dorman. Until they meet again, Wilmer leaves behind his devoted wife , Amy Dorman, son Randy V. Dorman and wife Charlene of Holly Springs, daughter Debbie D. Carpenter and husband Ronnie of Beechgrove, grandchildren Jason V. Dorman and wife Ginger of Nacogdoches and Meagan E. Keel and husband Melvin of Jasper, and two great granddaughters Kaylee E. Dorman and Emma Grace Dorman of Nacogdoches. He is also survived by brother, Noah B. Dorman of Pasadena. Family and friends will gather at 2:00 pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jasper, TX for visitation. His funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. and burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Jasper, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 1080, Jasper, TX 75951.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on July 29, 2013