Nelson W. Kimmey, 59, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force who served in three wars and who later operated a store in Marlow Heights that specializes in pottery and other ceramix articles, died at his home in Camp Springs on Tuesday following a heart attack.

Col. Kimmey, who was born at St. James, N.Y., and grew up in Smithtown, N.Y., entered the old Army Air Corps in 1942. He became a pilot and flew B17 "Flying fortresses" from England during World War II. He also served in Korea during the conflict there and in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969.

Col. Kimmey was assigned to Military Air Transport Service at Takoma, Wash., for five years during the 1950s, graduated from the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and was chief and executive secretary to the Air Staff Board Panels in the Office of the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force at the time of his retirement in 1973.

He had maintained a home in Camp Springs since 1964. After he left the service, Col. Kimmey, and his wife, Mary D. Kimmey, opened the What 'n' Creations store in Marlow Heights, which sells ceramic articles. He remained active in the firm until his death.

Col. Kimmey's military decorations include the Air Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

In addition to his wife, of Camp Springs, survivors include one daughter, Mary Lee Sadler of Waldorf; two sons, Nelson W. Jr. and Charles A., both of Clinton, and one sister, Ethel Volz of Newington, N.H.