Wayne Niemon

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, 2002.

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.