BEAUMONT — Donald D. Zimmerman Sr. passed away on Feb. 1, 2014, at his home after a long fight with cancer.
Born in Kingston, he was a son of the late Dale K. and Bertha (Noss) Zimmerman.
Donald was retired from The Lion Brewery, where he was a line mechanic. He was the current 1st Vice Commander at the Harveys Lake American Legion Post 0967 and started their first honor guard. This truly was one of his great passions.
Donald was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He dedicated his entire life to his family and helping those around him. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Shirley (Denmon) Zimmerman, and his three children, daughters, Brenda and her husband, Alan Pugh, Dallas; Julie Sitkowski, Dallas; and son, Donald, and his wife, Heather Zimmerman, Dallas; along with seven grandchildren, Rachael Pugh; Alan L. Pugh; Adrienne Pugh-Eyet and her husband, Russell; Samantha Zimmerman; Carl Zimmerman; Klay Zimmerman and Taylor Sitkowski; and two great-grandchildren, Nathan and Christian. Also surviving Donald are his brothers, David Zimmerman, his twin, and his friend, Donna Krzywicki, Shavertown; Arthur and his wife, Gloria Zimmerman, York; Carl and his wife, Ruth Zimmerman, Deland, Fla.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Donald loved fishing, hunting, bowling, working in his yard and spending time with family and friends. Donald was involved with Harveys Lake American Legion Post 0967, Dallas Irem Temple, George M. Dallas Lodge No. 531, Wyoming Valley Bowlers Association, Bob Horlacher Little League, U.S. Marine Corps and St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Dallas.
If you are from this area, there is a good chance you spent time under Don's tent, from the Luzerne County Fair to Harveys Lake American Legion Children's Fishing Tournament to graduations and backyard parties. If you had an event going on, all you had to do was ask and the tent was yours at no cost. That is just who he was.
While our hearts are filled with sadness, your spirit lives strong in each one of us. The day that you had to leave us the sunshine shone bright like your laugh that always brightened the room. Our hearts are filled with sorrow from your final goodbye. We wish you could have stayed, but they needed you upstairs and the angels called you their own way. There must be a good reason, one we cannot understand, but we're sure there is a window to hang or ten pin that needs to be had. In the breeze we will feel your kiss laid upon our cheek and from the sun we will feel your warmth. When it thunders we will know you're bowling and that the 300s are racking up. Every time we see our flag, we will be reminded that you continue serving your God, country and community.
Rest easy, Dad, there's a ton of work to do.
Arrangements are being handled by Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, Tunkhannock.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be mailed to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Road, Dallas, PA 18612, where he was a member; or to the Harveys Lake American Legion Post 0967, 4907 Memorial Highway, Harveys Lake, PA 18618.
Family and friends are invited to his visitation 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Road, Dallas. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Charles H. Grube officiating at the church. Don will be laid to rest at Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas.
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