Wiss Toomer, of Gypsum, 1922-2010
Livingston “Wiss” Toomer, 88, of Gypsum, went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 27.He was born July 9, 1922, in Virginia Beach, Va., to James H. and Kathrene K. Toomer. He spent his childhood in Tidewater, Va., where he and his brothers enjoyed sailing in the Chesapeake Bay area.At age 1,8 he left for the West and ended up in Burns, where he worked for the Benton Land & Livestock Co.In the fall of 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served his country in the battles of Saipan and Iwo Jima. He was awarded three Purple Hearts for being wounded in action. After the war, he returned to Colorado and graduated from Colorado A&M with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. After his graduation, he returned to Virginia, and in 1951 married Mildred Louise Shiflett. In 1954, they returned to the Benton Ranch, where they raised three sons, and worked until 1993, when the ranch sold. At that time, they moved to Gypsum, where they remained until 2010. Wiss spent his final days at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle.Funeral Services were held at the Eagle Baptist Church on Oct. 1. Interment was at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Gypsum.Wiss leaves his wife of 59 years, Mildred; three sons James (Kathy), Robert (Penny) and Tom (Linda); brother Lamar (Emily); 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five nieces; and one nephew.He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Lt. James Toomer III.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Colorado State Veteran’s Nursing Home, 851 East 5th St., Rifle, CO 81650; or to a charity of your choice.