John Tymeson

Brigadier General (Retired) John A. Tymeson, 73, of Ogden, went to the arms of his Lord at home surrounded by family on Jan. 2, 2019.

General Tymeson was born Sept. 19, 1945 in Storm Lake, to his parents F. Aiken and Helen M. Tymeson.  He graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1964 and Buena Vista University in 1972.

General Tymeson enlisted in the United States Army in June 1967, attended Rotary Wing Flight School, and served in the 247th Medical Detachment as a “Dustoff” medevac helicopter pilot in Vietnam 1968-69. For his service in Vietnam, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal with V device, and 18 Air Medals.  During his 34 years of military service, he received many additional awards and decorations, including two awards of the Legion of Merit.  General Tymeson joined the Iowa Army National Guard in 1971 and later began working full-time for the Guard as an instructor pilot. He served as a Company Commander, Battalion Commander, Flight Facility Commander, State Aviation Officer, Chief of Staff and Deputy Adjutant General.

John, fondly known as JT by his family and friends, was a member of many veteran service organizations, to include the Distinguished Flying Cross Society, Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, DAV, VFW, American Legion, and served as the Iowa Department Commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart.  He was a member of the Elks, First Presbyterian Church, served on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, and served 16 years on the Board of Directors for the Food Bank of Iowa, serving as chair for several years.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 37 years, Jodi of Ogden; daughters: Erin (Jason) Loschinskey of Great Falls, Mont.; and Amanda (Damien) Lipke of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; grandson John ”Jack”  Lipke; and step-grandsons: AJ and Ben Loschinskey.  John is also survived by his sister Sara (James) Gailey of Newell; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held at First Presbyterian Church in Boone on Monday, Jan. 7. Interment with full military honors followed at Iowa Veterans Cemetery on Monday. Schroeder-Stark-Welin Funeral Home in Boone was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be given to Mary Greeley Hospice or First Presbyterian Church.