James “Jim” Robert Zimmer

June 24, 1939 ‒ December 28, 2018

Westerville, Ohio

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.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending hugs, love, and prayers to the family.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Tracie Lee

  • It saddens me to hear of this news, esp around holiday time. May Perpetual Light shine upon your dear father, Beth, and May he Rest In Peace in the arms of our Lord. May he become a saint and pray for you and your family from the Heavens above! Many hugs to you, Beth! ❤️
    Warmly-
    Amy Madden, Woodward Clinic

  • Blessings and prayers to your whole family. Beth, my heart is with all of you during this time, and I am so very sorry for your loss. Your dad had to have been an amazing man to have raised such wonderful people. God bless.

  • You and your entire family are in my prayers, Beth. I wish you a bit more peace with each passing day. Hugs!

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. He was such a sweet man and a genuinely nice person. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So very sorry about your dad – he was a stellar man and always had a smile and friendly, encouraging message to share. Your parents were very special to all of us.

  • The South High School Alumni Association and its Board of Directors want to express our sympathy and send condolences at the death of your loved one. Our entire South High School family is diminished by his passing.

  • I’m so sorry to the entire Zimmer family. I’ve known Jim Zimmer since I became friends with Mary in middle school, and later when I went to OSU my co-worker and I would visit him at the print shop. My co-worker, who was extremely detail-oriented and picky, loved Jim. He always made sure the job was done accurately and was always kind.

    He was a really good person. A terrific father and grandfather. Mary once told me that he worked two jobs at times to support his family, but always managed to be there when his family wanted or needed him to be. You could always count on him. He made the world a better place for being here, and what more can any of us hope for when our time comes?

    Rest in peace, Mr. Zimmer.

  • From the back row at St John Neuman 4 oclock mass:
    Thank you for being our friend. We love you.
    Mickey & Bob

  • Chris, May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Dear Beth and family,
    We are saddened to learn of the death of your father. We knew him well from our days at OSU, and he was always kind and helpful. It is never easy to lose a parent at any age, but we hope your memories will dry your tears. Katie lost her grandma and I my mother just 8 days before your dad. A happy holiday always tinged with sadness. You and your family are in our thoughts.
    Sincerely,
    Gail and Steve Summerhill

  • It’s been many, many years, but my late husband and I enjoyed occasional chats (especially OSU football) with Jim when he would stop by his mother’s home. She was our lovely next-door neighbor and he was always very congenial. Family was very important to both of them.
    My sincere condolences,
    Janet Pierson