James “Jim” Robert Zimmer
June 24, 1939 ‒ December 28, 2018
James “Jim” Robert Zimmer, age 79 of Westerville passed away Friday, December 28, 2018 at St. Ann’s Hospital.
He was born on June 24, 1939 in Delaware, OH to the late Garry J. and Anna Marie (Egger) Zimmer. James graduated from South High School in Columbus in 1957. He met Karen Theado on a blind date and together they shared 54 wonderful years raising their family and making a home.
A devout Catholic and longtime member of St. John Neumann Church, Jim retired from The Ohio State University Printing Facility in 1999 after 30 years of service. Jim loved his job, and was recognized as an Outstanding Staff Member after being nominated by his peers.
A people person who was a good listener, Jim took time to really get to know folks. He loved putting together jigsaw puzzles, OSU football, swimming, and golfing. He also enjoyed working out each day at Westar and meeting his friends afterwards at Burger King to “solve the world’s problems.” Time spent at Mitiwanga Park on Lake Erie will long be remembered, as will his love of family, his wife, children, and especially his treasured grandchildren. Raising his family to become successful families of their own was his proudest achievement.
James is survived by children; Garry (Darcy) Zimmer of Lebanon, Christine Zimmer of Huron, John (Penny) Zimmer of Dublin, Mary Scherer of Powell, Beth (Tim) Smith of Delaware, eight grandchildren; Tyler, Emily, Noah, Luke, Justin, Katelyn, Carrie, Kristen, and sister Susanne Kennedy of Lancaster, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Karen (Theado) Zimmer and brother-in-law Jack Kennedy.
Friends may call on Thursday, January 3, 2019 from 3-7 p.m., with prayer services at 6:45 pm, at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. SR 61, Sunbury, OH 43074. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at St. John Neumann Church, 9633 E SR 37, Sunbury with Rev. Paul Noble officiating. A private family burial will take place at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Ohio or to the American Heart Association. Memories and condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve the Zimmer family.