Jerome "Jerry" Joseph Tiemann Jr. COLUMBIA - A Mass of Christian Burial for Lt. Col. Jerome "Jerry" Joseph Tiemann Jr. (USAF Ret), 80, will be celebrated at11 a.m. Monday, March 24, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Final Commendation and Farewell Prayers will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park with Military Honors. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Jerry died Thursday, March 20, 2014. Born in Winston Salem, N.C., on April 7, 1933, he was a son of the late Jerome Joseph Tiemann Sr. and Virginia Drudy Tiemann. He was graduated from St. Mary's High School in Clarksburg, W.Va., in 1951. An incredible athlete, Jerry was recruited by Major League Baseball, but instead elected to get his college degree. He attended St. Louis University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Carolina. During his time at USC, Jerry was a cameraman for WIS television from the time it went on the air until he graduated. After graduation, Jerry served for 27 years on active duty and in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Following his military career, Jerry was hired as one of the first four employees at the newly formed South Carolina ETV. He served as art director, building an art department recognized as being on par with NBC and CBS. He retired from ETV after almost four decades. He spent his retirement years enjoying photography, golf, visiting with his many friends and caring for his brother. Jerry is remembered by everyone as a kind, talented and happy man who never had an enemy and made friends with everyone he ever met. Whether you were his "pal" or his "buddy," you were always his horse "if you never win a race." He is survived by his sister, Karen "Tinka" Tiemann of Columbia; brother-in-law, Manuel Lifchez; nephews, Marc Lifchez (Susan), Erik Lifchez (Donna), Shannon Lifchez (Linda), Mike Dilley (Adynne), Gavin Dilley, and Jeff Dilley; nieces, Jeanmarie Lifchez, Shira Howe (Jim), Dana Dilley, Maeghan Edge, and Adrian Dilley; as well as many great-nieces, great-nephews and a great-great nephew. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Jim Tiemann; sisters, Camilla Dilley and Delight Lifchez; and a brother-in-law, Patrick Dilley. The family would like to extend special thanks to Angela Youngblood and her staff for providing "The Colonel" with great care in his final years. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church Building Fund, 3600 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com
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Published in The State on Mar. 23, 2014