Herman Jackson Zipperer (1925 - 2019)

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Herman Jackson Zipperer, 93, died on March 8, 2019, at Westminster Woods in Jacksonville. Fla., after a brief illness.
Herman was born at his parent's home near Rincon on Nov. 4, 1925, to Perry Herman and Lessie Lee Nease Zipperer. He was the oldest of three boys, Samuel Wertz (Elizabeth) and O'Neill Edward Zipperer. He married the love of his life, Dora Eloise Kessler Zipperer, on Aug.21, 1946. They were married for 54 years until her death in 2003. They had three children: Pamela Eloise (Thomas) Davis, Douglas Herman (Suzanne) and Craig Jackson (Ann) Zipperer.
Herman graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 1942 of Rincon High School. He joined the Army Air Corp where he was tail gunner on a B-17 during World War II. When he returned from Italy, he received business training and worked for Central of Georgia Railroad as a bookkeeper. When that business was sold, he was hired as Salvage Agent for the Seaboard Coastline in Savannah until he was transferred to Jacksonville in 1969. He retired from CSX in 1985.
He was a member of the Methodist Church wherever he lived and served faithfully doing whatever he was called to do, be it serving as treasurer, lLay speaker or Sunday school superintendent. His favorite thing to do was to teach Sunday school lessons and talk about the Bible. He loved to share his DIY skills and made sure that his sons learned to do things on their own as well. He taught his children how to walk closely to God and to always be grateful for all His blessings. He was interested in people, the government, and his church. He was known as a real gentleman. Herman was a long time member of the United Methodist Church, having been a very active member of Bethesda UMC until moving to Florida. He is currently an active member of Mandarin United Methodist Church. He is survived by his three children, his seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, a brother-in-law, three sisters-in-law and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral was conducted Monday, March 11, 2019, at Bethesda United Methodist Church.
The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to in Herman's memory.
Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel, (912) 754-6421
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Rincon, GA 31326
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Published in Effingham Herald from Mar. 13 to Mar. 19, 2019
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