TROY - Howard L. "Zimmy" Zimmerman, age 86, of Troy, died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Dayton Veteran's Hospital Hospice. Born in Elizabeth Township on June 25, 1926. Preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Effie (Peters) Zimmerman; and brother, Ralph Zimmerman.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Ann (Fogle) Zimmerman; daughter, Sherry Ishmael and friend Mike Gootee, Tipp City; son, Craig Zimmerman and wife Lisa of Texas; grandchildren, Brandon Ishmael, Brittany Otto, Courtney and Zachary Zimmerman; and great-grandchildren, Bryton and Makena Otto.
Howard graduated from Tippecanoe High School in 1944 serving four years in FFA. He worked in 4-H for 10 years and was an adviser for 11 years. After graduating from high school he was proudly inducted into the U.S. Army
, serving in the Philippines and ending in Japan as the war ended.
Howard was active in several organizations, including an astounding 73 years with the Monroe Grange, where he served in many capacities including the Deputy of Miami County for 16 years, the Ohio State Executive Board for 12 years, and along with his wife, Ann, served as Ohio State Assistant Convention Co-Chairman for four years. He was a charter member of the Tipp City Lions Club and remained a member for a remarkable 54 years. He and his wife Ann were tour directors for 10 years.
After graduation he worked at Sanders Dairy Co. in Tipp City and retired from the Tipp City U.S. Post Office in 1988 after 31 years of service.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Nashville Church of Christ, 4540 W. State Route 571, West Milton. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Wednesday, all at the Nashville Church. Pastor Lynn Labs officiating.
The family requests donations to the Ohio State Grange, Nashville Church of Christ or Hospice of Miami County in memory of Howard.
Services entrusted to Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home, Tipp City. Condolences to the family may be expressed at fringsandbayliff.com