Dimmick, Raymond (Unknown - February 5, 1994)

Raymond Dimmick

Douglas Budget - February, 1994

Raymond Dimmick, 65, a former resident of Douglas and Orin, died Feb. 5, in Kingsville, Texas, after a sudden and massive heart attack.

He and his wife, Janet Coleman Dimmick, lived in Douglas from 1950 through 1963, first as a watchmaker for Thompson Jewelry and later as the owner and operator of several local businesses including the Beacon Cafe and The Trading Post.

While living in Douglas, he was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church, the American Legion, was a Scout master with the Boy Scouts of America and was the Commander of the National Guard Unit of Douglas.

It was through the National Guard that he was commissioned as an officer. He left Douglas when he went back on active duty, in the Army, during the build up for the Vietnam War.

He came a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, having served with the First Calvary Division in 1965-1966. He continued to serve in the Field Artillery and retired in 1979, after 32 years duty as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, among others.

He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a master's degree from Texas A & M University and a doctorate degree from the University of Southern California.

After retiring from the military, he was the director of International Education at the University of Houston. Later, in 1991, he became the Director of the Epiphany Episcopal Day School in Kingsville, Texas.

He was an avid gardener, chef, world traveler and fisherman.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Dimmick of Kingsville; one daughter, Teresa Fucles and husband, Bernard of San Antonio, Texas; and three sons; Dr. Gregg J. Dimmick and wife Debbie, of Wharton, Texas; the Rev. Kenneth Dimmick of St. Francesville, La.; and Robert Dimmick, and wife Caroline, of San Antonio. He had two sisters, Joyce Tuft of Kearns, Utah, and Donna Lloyd of St. George, Utah; one brother, Robert Dimmick of Midvale, Utah; six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 7, at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Kingsville, Texas. A private committal service followed in Byers, Colo.

Although he had been away from Wyoming for a long time, the memories of friends, businesses and adventures in and around Douglas remain strong and always pleasant.

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