EL PASO, TX ó A graveside
service for Wayne W. Niemon, 83, of El Paso and formerly of
Carlsbad, will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Fort Bliss National Cemetery
with full military honors. Mr. Niemon died Tuesday, April 2,
Sunset Funeral Home of El Paso is in charge of arrangements.
Wayne W. Niemon was born Jan. 23, 1919, to John and Martha
Niemon in Eldorado, Ill.
He graduated from Zeigler Community High School in Zeigler,
Ill., in 1936.
He entered military service on March 26, 1941, as a member of
the 200th Coast Artillery Battalion and was sent to the
Philippine Islands immediately after World War II was declared.
He was captured on Bataan. Six weeks later, he was transferred
to Bilibid Prison and then to Cabanatuan Death Camp, working
various burial details for two years. Thirteen months before
liberation, he was shipped to Japanís Fukuoka Camp No. 3 working
in steel mills. After being in a Japanese POW camp hospital for
120 days, liberation finally came. When released, he was down to
88 pounds. Mr. Niemonís military decorations and citations
include the Purple Heart, American Defense Service Ribbon with
Bronze Star, Distinguished Unit Badge with three oak-leaf
clusters and the Victory Ribbon. Mr. Niemon was an active member
of the American Ex-POWs El Paso Chapter.
After returning to civilian life, he worked at Potash Company of
America in Carlsbad as a motorman for the underground mine. He
received the Holmes Safety Award for 40 years without a lost
time accident in underground mining. He retired in 1977.
Mr. Niemon married his childhood sweetheart Marian S. Sturm in
1946. She preceded him in death after 50 years of marriage.
Mr. Niemon enjoyed traveling to various parts of the United
States with his wife in their RV.
Survivors include his nephews, George White of Albuquerque and
William White of Carlsbad; a cousin, Lillian Howard of Clinton,
Ind.; and caregiver Kim Howard. Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Monday
at Sunset Funeral Home-Northeast, 4631 Hondo Pass, El Paso.