Gene Zimmerman

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Gene G. Zimmerman, 91, of Sequim, Wash., formerly of Kutztown, Pa., died

October 29, 2017, in Saint Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma, Wash.

He was the husband of Gloria M. (Jutte) Virak. They were married on September 25,

1996. His first wife, Nancy L. (Werley)

Zimmerman, preceded him in death on April 7, 1983.

Born in Kutztown, he was a son of the late Arthur M. and Mary B. (Gingrich) Zimmerman.

Mr. Zimmerman was a member of Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, Sequim, Wash.

Gene honorably and faithfully served his country, first as a sergeant in the U.S. Army with the 32nd Division, 107th Medical Battalion, Company B in the Pacific theatre of World War II (1944-46), then serving in the U.S. Air Force, 1948-51.

He owned and operated Zimmerman Electric in the Kutztown area until his retirement. On behalf of his older brother, Ted, the co-pilot of a B-24 that never returned from a mission in 1945, Gene was an active and passionate member of the 448th Bomb Group Association.

Survivors: In addition to his wife, Gloria, Gene is survived by a daughter, Loni Z. (Zimmerman), wife of E. Frank Buck Jr., Gettysburg, Pa.; and a son, Craig D., husband of Pamela L. (Gorsuch) Zimmerman, Kempton, Pa. There are six grandchildren: Nils, husband of Katie (Manley), Spurkeland; Nancy (Spurkeland), wife of Jeff Rixe; Sonja Spurkeland; Adam Buck; Megan Zimmerman; and Tyler Zimmerman. There is one great-granddaughter, Harper Rixe.

In addition to his first wife, Nancy, Gene was predeceased by sisters: Kathleen (Zimmerman) Henderson, Faye

(Zimmerman) Martin and Olive (Zimmerman) Kaufman; and brothers, Royce, Arthur, Kenneth and Theodore


Services: A graveside service to honor Gene's life will be held on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. in Hope Cemetery, Kutztown. Inurnment with Military Honors is provided by Pennsylvania Military Honors, Fort Indiantown Gap, in Hope Cemetery, Kutztown.

Contributions: Contributions in memory of Gene may be made to The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth, P.O. Box 1992, Savannah, GA 31402,, or to the , P.O. Box 15829,

Arlington, VA 22215,

Ludwick Funeral Homes Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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Ludwick Funeral Homes
333 Greenwich Street
Kutztown, PA 19530 0292
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Published in Reading Eagle on July 11, 2018
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