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06/09/1922 - 11/10/2012
William John Zimmerman passed away peacefully on November 10, 2012 after a wonderful 90 year life. Bill was born in Los Angeles to William and Lauretta Zimmerman. He graduated from Loyola High School and Loyola University. He proudly volunteered for service as a U.S. Marine dive bomber pilot in the South Pacific during WWII. He carried the love of flying and the Corps throughout his adult life. He flew 83 combat missions, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, The Air Medal, Presidential Citation from F.D.R. and a Navy Commendation Medal from Adm. Halsey, plus numerous citations. After active duty he instructed Navy cadets in flying aerobatics. He graduated from USC dental school in 1953 and began his professional dental practice while also teaching at the dental school. Bill opened his dental office on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in 1961 and built a successful practice there for over 30 years. Bill is survived by his devoted wife Nancy, of 59 years, his brother Msgr. Roland Zimmerman, his five children, 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Flying was Bill's first love and his favorite hobby was flying aerobatic off the Palos Verdes coast in his restored 1941 yellow Stearman biplane. He will be remembered as a wonderful optimistic man who loved his family and enjoyed a full life. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations in Bill's memory to the
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Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 25, 2012