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William George Zimmer

89, passed away Friday evening, December 7, 2012. He was a long time Greenwood resident. To many, he was simply known as "Zim."

He was born June 28, 1923 to William George and Nina (O'Keefe) Zimmer. He attended Horace Mann High School in Gary, IN, and later to Indiana University.

Bill married Martha Jane McCarty in Greenwood, celebrating their 67th anniversary on August 15, 1945. She survives. Survivors include one son, David McCarty Zimmer; three grandchildren, Brian (Jessica), Geoffry, and Nicole (Daryl); and three great-grandchildren, Draven, Kylee, and Quinten.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons at birth; sons, Jack Hughes Zimmer and William Gary Zimmer; and a sister, June Stinson.

Bill was employed by Van Waters and Rogers for 25 years in Chemical Distribution Sales, retiring in 1989. He was also co-owner of Village Shoppes along Madison Avenue in Greenwood, and helped his son with the Farmers Market.

He was a member of Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church, and a former member of Community Church of Greenwood.

Bill was very active in the community. Over the years, he was involved with the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, a former member of the Greenwood Planning Commission, and the Greenwood Jaycees. He even helped with the start up of the Greenwood Little League. He was a member of Greenwood Masonic Lodge #514 F. & A. M., of which he received his Fifty Year Award, Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite, and Murat Shrine.

He was quite a musician, being able to play the saxophone, clarinet, and the flute. He had played in dance bands in Bloomington and Chicago. He also participated in many church choirs.

Calling hours will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel , 481 W. Main Street. Dr. J. Wesley Hertel will officiate a memorial service Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 510 N. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or to the Masonic Home Foundation, 525 N. Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

You are invited to read Bill's obituary at, where may sign the online register book, share a message for the family, make a contribution or order flowers.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Dec. 11, 2012
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