ANNA — Loren Albert "Colonel" Zimpfer, 78, of 208 N. Pike St., Anna, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Ohio State University Medical Center.
He was born on Oct. 20, 1935, in Anna, the son of the late Albert Jr. and Ethel (Hensel) Zimpfer.
He is survived by one brother, Richard Zimpfer of Henderson, Nevada; eight nephews and four nieces. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Ivan, Vincent, Lewis and Ronald "Mose" Zimpfer; three sisters, Catherine Yoakam, Elizabeth Ehemann and Mary Blackburn; and one niece.
Mr. Zimpfer served in the U.S. Air Force and attended Purdue University. He worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ross Willoughby, Super Drive, and most recently at Buckeye Electrical.
Colonel enjoyed all sports and had a special liking for baseball and softball, having played the sport all of his high school years and in many leagues throughout the area in his early years. He enjoyed singing as a member of the American Legion Singing Soldiers and the church chorus at Botkins United Methodist Church, where he was a member. On occasions, he would visit area nursing homes and sing for the residents.
Colonel's hobbies were large-scale model building. He had built the battleship Missouri, destroyer Aaron Ward and Japanese battleship Yamato, which is still on display at the Patriots Point Naval Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. He had a fondness for animals, especially his little kitties.
In keeping with his wishes, Mr. Zimpfer's body will be cremated.
A private graveside memorial service will be held at Pearl Cemetery in Swanders at a later date at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are in the care of Cromes Funeral Home & Crematory, 302 S. Main Ave, Sidney. Condolences may be expressed to the Zimpfer family at the funeral home's website, www.cromesfh.com.