John L. Zimmerman
1934 - 2021
John L. Zimmerman

Louisville - John L. Zimmerman, 86 passed away on January 11, 2021 after a long battle with dementia. He was born in Louisville, Ky on January 27, 1934 to the late John Lithgow and Aline Dorsey Zimmerman. Left to cherish a lifetime of wonderful memories are his wife the former Patricia Nicolas who was his high school sweetheart or as he fondly called her for the 64 years of their marriage "his bride". Four children, Denise Poukish (Roy), Diane McCune (Bill), John Zimmerman, Patrick Zimmerman (Andrea). Nine grandchildren, Joshua Ware(Stephanie), Matthew Ware (Tamara), Seth Ware, Tyler McCune (Cindy),

Lindsey Meiser (Zachary), John Emery, Melissa Emery, Lilli Zimmerman and Clay Zimmerman. Seven great-grandchildren. His sister, Dorsey Ford, brother in law Kenneth Nicolas (Kerry) and his nieces, nephews and his fur-baby Penny. John was a retired Executive Salesman at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company where he was appointed to the Sales Hall of Fame. He was a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and was a former Grand Knight of the Assumption Counsel. He was a member and President of the Goose Creek Optimist Club and served as Lt. Governor of the Kentucky District for Optimist International. He was a long time member of the former Mother of Good Counsel Parish, now St. Bernadette and served on the Parish Council. He was a proud Veteran of the Army. After retirement he volunteered at SCORE for ten years. John devoted his life to serving others and providing for his family. Anyone that met John knew him to be gracious, kind and full of life. He would light up a room with laughter and had a larger than life personality. He never met a stranger. His philosophy in life was "It can be done" and the "glass is half full". He loved spending time with his children and bride, enjoying family parties and seeing others having fun. He had many friends that preceded him and for those that are left behind he said if you had any questions send him a "text message" to Heaven.

Guests are invited to attend a visitation and funeral service. Visitation will be held on Sunday January 17, 2021, from 12-3 pm at Arch L. Heady & Son at Westport Village, 7410 Westport Rd. with a 3 pm service to follow in the funeral home chapel. Entombment will be held privately at Resthaven Memorial Park Mausoleum. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Crusade for Children at

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Published by Courier-Journal from Jan. 12 to Jan. 15, 2021.
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John will be missed. I always enjoyed our conversations and his great sense of humor. Goodbye John
Earl Orr
January 19, 2021
So sorry for your loss. I have many happy memories with John and Patty. Sorry I will not be with you on Saturday but I continue to pray for John and all the family.
Joanne Breen
January 15, 2021
On behalf of the WHAS Crusade for Children, we are very sorry for your loss. It is people like John who have made it possible for the Crusade to help children with special needs for over 67 years. Thank you for honoring his memory by remembering the WHAS Crusade for Children. His legacy will be seen for years to come through the lives of children who are helped. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Dawn Lee, CEO WHAS Crusade for Children
January 14, 2021
Our sympathies go out to your family for the loss of John. I knew him at Mother of Good Counsel as a very happy man who was a joy to work with. I was on the Parish Counsel with him and many other ministries. I followed his path in becoming an Assistant Scout Master for troop 308 in the 90's. His smile and delightful laugh was the product of his witty humor about so much. He always gave me full attention during our conversations. A true humble soul with a great faith. I can see him now with that smile at the gates of heaven humoring all . He will be truly missed.
Bruce Davis
January 13, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of John´s passing. Condolences to Pat and all the family. May your memories bring you comfort.
John and Kathy Barako
January 13, 2021
Patrick, my longtime friend, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad´s passing. I have many fond memories of him. From how he loved to call me Francis! in his deep bellowing voice to the scout troop camping and many more. He had such a distinct voice! The world has lost a good man. My thoughts go out to your Mom and to you, Andrea, Clay and Lilli. Love you buddy!
Rob Carothers
January 12, 2021