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Jerry Wiseman., age 79, of Joplin, Mo., passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at The Communities of Wildwood, following an illness.
Jerry was born on July 3, 1937, in Joplin, the son of Ermal Brandon and Delores (Greenlee) Brandon. He began his military career at the age of sixteen and obtained the rank of Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, retiring following twenty-two years of honorable service. He was a veteran of the Korean War and two tours in Vietnam. While he was in the service he was stationed in the Philippines, Okinawa Japan, Guam, Germany, France, Taipei, Taiwan, Holland and Saudi Arabia. Following his retirement from the Air Force he worked for F.A.G., retiring from there after many years.
Jerry was very active in V.F.W. post 534 serving as post commander five times. As post commander during the 2011 tornado Jerry was recognized on the cover of the national V.F.W. magazine for his service to his community.
He married Lisabeth Reynolds on July 5, 1977; she preceded him in death on May 23, 2001.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Donald Brandon; two brothers-in-law, Gene Martin and Ray Hood; a sister-in-law, Peachie Brandon.
He is survived by his three children: one son, Brandon Wiseman and his fiancé, Athena, of Neosho, Mo.; two daughters, Vanessa Wiseman and her fiancé, Greg, of Anderson, Mo., and Jodie Wiseman-Livingston and her husband, Jeff, of Kissimmee, Fla.; three brothers, Pete Brandon, of the state of Washington, Charles Brandon and his wife, Janie, of Joplin, J. R. Brandon and his wife, Bonnie, of Joplin; three sisters, Dottie Martin, of Galena, Kan., Clara Pennington and her husband, Clifford, of Joplin, and Maudie Hood, of Wyandotte, Okla. Seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Pastor Jeff Martin will officiate. Burial will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at Mason-Woodard Chapel.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Published on May 14, 2017
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