Lewis A. “Lew” Zimmerman

May 30, 1920 ‒ August 31, 2009

Delaware, Ohio

Lewis A. “Lew” Zimmerman, age 89 of Delaware died Monday evening, August 31, 2009 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Upper Sandusky on May 30, 1920 to the late Wellington C. and Georgia (Brown) Zimmerman. A graduate of Upper Sandusky High School in 1938, he served in the US Marine Corps during WW II.

Lew worked as a farm implement sales representative and branch manager for McCune & Company, which later became Allied Farm Equipment in Marion and Columbus. He enjoyed his numerous farming friendships even after his retirement in 1981. At heart he was a true farmer and was instrumental in starting the Farm Science Review. He was inducted into the Farm Science Review Hall of Fame in 2008.

In 1962 he founded Lawn Irrigation, a family business, which became Zimmerman and Company in 1978. He remained active in the family trade until 2005, but his heart and sole remained with the agriculture community.

He was a 65 year member of Marion Masonic Lodge No. 70 F & AM, a 32nd Degree Mason, member of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus, Shriners of North America, Aladdin Shrine of Columbus, AMVets Post 102, and Delaware Moose Lodge #1167 since 1973.

His favorite pastimes included: farming, fishing, gardening, golfing, and RV’ ing. One who possessed a strong work ethic, he was a good provider. A great story teller and talker, he treasured his vast circle of friends. Ornery to the very end, he was fun loving and enjoyed a good sense of humor.

Lew was happiest being with people, all of whom he considered friends and he was most proud of his family and their accomplishments.

He will be missed by his loving wife of 69 years: Beulah “Billie” (Nesselrode) Zimmerman, whom he married May 12, 1940 in Greenup, Kentucky, daughter Jackie (Rodney) McGonigle, son Mike (Marilyn) Zimmerman all of Delaware, 9 Grandchildren: Mike (Paula) Travis, Tracey (Becca) Travis, Matt (Nicole) McGonigle, Shawn (Becky), Shad(Andrea), Stacey, and David Zimmerman, Dina Putman, Bonnie McCartney, numerous Great-Grandchildren, and canine pal: Gidget.

He was also preceded in death by twin sons: Garry in 1969 and Jerry in 1996, brothers: Frank, Burt, Charles, Ed, and Robert.

A gathering to celebrate his life will be held at a later announced date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Delaware.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Humane Society of Delaware County, 4920 SR 37 E, Delaware, Ohio 43015 or HomeReach Hospice, 561 W. Central Ave., Delaware, Ohio 43015.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com