Brigadier General John S. Wieringa Jr.

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Brigadier General John S. Wieringa Jr. SUMMERVILLE - Brigadier General John S. Wieringa Jr. (Jack), 87, of Summerville passed away June 10, 2013 at his home. He graduated from The United States Military Academy at West Point in 1946 and was commissioned in the artillery. He was also a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, The National War College and George Washington University, where he earned a Master's of Science Degree in International Affairs. He served in Japan, Korea, Okinawa, Vietnam and Germany. In Okinawa, he commanded the 3rd Battalion 319th Airborne Artillery and served in the first Special Forces Group. In Vietnam, he commanded the division artillery of the 25th Infantry Division. He served in a number of Personnel Assignments on the Department of the Army staff in Washington, DC. He was the director of personnel for the US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. He was Deputy Commanding General for the US Army Personnel Center in Washington, DC. He completed his thirty year Army career as the Chief of Staff First US Army, Fort Meade, MD. General Wieringa's decorations include The Distinguished Service Medal, The Legion of Merit with three clusters, The Bronze Star and The Air Medal with five clusters. After retiring in 1976 to Columbia, SC, he was a member of Forest Lake Presbyterian Church, where he was a Deacon and an Elder. He was chairman of The American Cancer Society Golf Tournaments for five years, a member of The Association of The US Army and a member of The Retired Officers Association. He worked with Habitat for Humanity for ten years. In 2000 he and his wife, Barbara moved to The Summerville Presbyterian Retirement Village, where they also attended church. Mr. Wieringa was active in his beloved community, where he was treasurer of the Resident's Council and a member of the renowned "Kitchen Band," the friends he and his wife made here truly enriched their lives and gave him much enjoyment. In addition to his wife Barbara, he is survived by his son: John Robert (Linda) Wieringa of Coshocton, OH; two daughters: Wendy Milliron of Roanoke, VA and Gigi Wieringa of Charlotte, NC; two sister's-in-law: Gigi Odell of Columbia, SC and Dolores Wieringa; two granddaughters: Nancy (Justin) Helm, of Nashville, TN and Sarah Milliron of Roanoke, VA; four great grandchildren of Nashville, TN; six great step-grandchildren of Ohio and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother: Charles Wieringa; his brother-in-law: Robert Odell; his sister-in-law: Mary Jackson and her husband: Eli Jackson. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service Saturday, June 15, 2013 at three o'clock in the afternoon at the Chapel of The Village of Summerville, Presbyterian Village 201 West 9th North Street Summerville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Presbyterian Village of Summerville 201 West 9th North Street Summerville, SC 29483. ARRANGEMENTS BY TRI-COUNTY CREMATION CENTER, 11000 DORCHESTER ROAD, SUMMERVILLE, SC (843) 821-4888. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

Published in Charleston Post & Courier on June 12, 2013
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