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Wesley E. Timmcke

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by The Press in Obituaries

former Air Products executive

Wesley E. Timmcke, 85, of Emmaus, died December 27, 2012. He was married to Jean Timmcke for 20 years with whom he had six children. Jean passed away in 1967. After three years of raising children on his own, he married Joan MacKenzie who was an English teacher at Emmaus High School with two children of her own. He and Joan celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary on Nov. 28, 2012. Born in Beloit, Wis., he was a son of Julius and Edna Timmcke. He was the third of five children with three brothers and a sister.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in mechanical engineering.

He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War.

He was employed by Air Products & Chemicals, Trexlertown, for 28 years, serving in many capacities. As manager of government contracts, he negotiated the largest single Air Products contract to supply NASA with liquid hydrogen that provided fuel to the space shuttle program, worth over $287 million. A highlight of his career included having dinner with President Reagan and the astronauts celebrating the success of the space shuttle program.

He was an avid golfer and a member of Lehigh Country Club for 28 years.

He is survived by his wife; children, Dr. Alan and his wife, Terri of New Orleans, La., Krisanne and her husband Phil Michael of Emmaus, Julianna and her husband Craig Kauffman of Emmaus, Lisa and her husband Craig Keller of Kutztown, Carl of Emmaus, Susan and her husband Bruce Edwards of San Diego, Calif.; 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; sister Marilyn Folts of Beloit, Wis. He was predeceased by his wife Jean; children, Brian; and David MacKenzie.

Contributions may be made to The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 3461 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Emmaus, 18049.

A memorial service will be held at The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. Arrangements were made by the Schantz Funeral Home, P.C., Emmaus.