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Richard A. "Dick" Zimmer

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ZIMMER, Richard Dick A. age 77, of Dayton, lost his courageous battle with cancer on April 19, 2010. He was born March 1, 1933 in Dayton, Ohio. He was a graduate of Chaminade High School. He then joined the United States Navy, where he served aboard the USS Intrepid. He worked at Ohio Bell Telephone, retiring after 30 years. Dick dedicated his life to the concerns of the Dayton community, beginning his life of public service on the Belmont/Eastmont/Hearthstone Community Council. He also served on the Southeast Priority Board and held many positions at Immaculate Conception Parish. He was later elected to the Dayton City Commission and served a total of 21 years, where he worked tirelessly and honorably to represent all of the citizens of Dayton. His energy seemed unlimited as he also served for 36 years as an East Dayton Optimist, holding many offices over the years, including President & Lt. Governor of the State organization. He was instrumental in the development of many programs to benefit the youth of the Dayton area. He also served as a volunteer at St. Elizabeth Medical Center and Dayton Childrens Medical Center. In his "retirement" he enjoyed playing golf, gardening, traveling, and visiting all of his friends at the Second Street Market and Amber Rose. Above all else, Dicks commitment and love was most evident in his dedication as a husband, father, grand-father and great-grandfather. Dick lived his entire life, and especially through his illness, as an "Optimist" and man of great faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence O. & Regina Zimmer, wife of 42 years, Carol (Costello) Zimmer, and siblings, Clarence (Bud) Zimmer, Jerome Zimmer, Ronald Zimmer, Shirley Czimbalmos, and Theresa Zimmer. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (Clarke)(Iimura) Zimmer; daughters, Kathleen (William) Bierlein, Christina (John) Forsyth, Sandra (Doug) Barnum, Jenifer (Mike) Wilhelm and Julie Myers, all of Dayton; sons Dennis (Renée), Anthony (fiancée Amanda), Timothy (Beth) and Nicholas, all of Dayton; Step-children Cheryl Iimura and Karen (Larry) Metcalfe of California. Grandpa to Michelle (Bierlein) and Jason Fitzwater, Melanie Bierlein, Megan (Bierlein) & Cameron Cowden, Mollie Forsyth & fiancé Shaun Spiller, Sarah (Forsyth) & Eli Carson, Michael & Caleb Zimmer, Benjamin Sprauer, Jacob & Anna Zimmer, SSgt. Charles White, Jr. USAF (Lorrie), Erin White, Stephanie White & fiancé Samuel Jenkins, Emily, Samantha, Katie & Adam Wilhelm and Alexandria & Jason Myers; Great-grandpa to Benjamin & Zachary Fitzwater, Brenya Carson, Tyler Jones, CJ and Colin White and Kailee Sutton. Step-grandpa to Mary & Adam Raffield, Justin Herlehy & Rachel Metcalfe, Chris (Cindy) Barnum, Brad (Allison) Barnum and Andrea (Shiv) Phatak. He is also survived by brothers, Kenneth Zimmer and George (Pat) Zimmer, sister, Rita (Ken) Shade, and sister-in-law Judy Zimmer, as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, numerous former colleagues, and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 10 Notre Dame Ave., Dayton, OH, with the Rev. Michael Holloran officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Dayton, OH. The family will receive friends at Immaculate Conception Church, 2300 S. Smithville Rd., Dayton, OH on Thursday, April 22, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Dayton Childrens Hospital, East Dayton Optimist Club, or Hospice of Dayton. Schlientz & Moore Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Published in Dayton Daily News on Apr. 21, 2010
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