Robert A. “Bob” Zimmer
February 15, 1949 ‒ May 09, 2002
LUCAS: Robert A. “Bob” Zimmer, 53, of Hastings East Road, Lucas, died Thursday afternoon May 9, 2002, in his home of cancer.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Tim 4:7&8)
Now at home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he was born February 15, 1949 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was graduated from Coopersville High School in 1967 and attended Grand Valley Community College in Michigan.
Bob moved to Mansfield in 1974, and had worked the past 21 years for the Ohio Department of Parks using his carpentry and electrical skills maintaining Malabar Farm State Park.
He spent many years attending to his daughters’ sporting activities, often coaching their teams through the Eighth grade. He formerly served as basketball coach at Mansfield Christian School for both the Junior High and High School.
Five years ago, Bob began attending Crossroads Community Church, where he began a service team ministry of home maintenance for widows, and preferred behind-the-scenes leadership, like their home group.
He had more recently attended Grace Fellowship.
Bob’s ministry of helps was evident in the past three years as he called on people with cancer, offering support on nutrition and alternative treatments.
Always busy working, Bob enjoyed remodeling homes, chopping wood, doing yard work, and gardening, often quoted “if you can’t eat it, don’t plant it.”
Bob’s desire was to retire in two years and begin full-time mission work.
He is survived by his wife Charlotte E. “Charlie” (Kleyn) Zimmer, whom he married August 7, 1976; three daughters Lindsay M. Zimmer of Mansfield, Katie A. Zimmer of Lucas and her fiancé Bryan Wagner of Mansfield, and Jenny L. Zimmer of Lucas; his parents Willard and Lois (Fields) Zimmer of Lucas; two brothers and sisters-in-law Jim and Kyla Zimmer of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Ron and Charlene Zimmer of Nescopeck, Pennsylvania; a sister and brother-in-law Janet and Kent Roebacker of Kissimmee, Florida; his father-in-law and step mother-in-law Carl and Betty Kleyn of North Canton; and nieces and nephews.
His mother-in-law Arlene Kleyn preceded him in death.
Friends may call Monday May 13, 2002 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A service of worship to God and in celebration of his life will be held Tuesday at 11 am in Grace Fellowship, 365 East Straub Road, Mansfield. Pastor Ray Nethery will officiate.
The family prefers memorial contributions to Youth With A Mission, and may be made at the funeral home.