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Robert Moore Zimmerman
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    725 S 3rd Ave Ste A,
    Big Rapids, MI 49307

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“I am so sorry to hear about Bob. I enjoyed working for him and I learned a lot. God Bless him and may he rest in peace. ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: Bruce Blonde - IN

“Joan and Family--Condolences to the entire family. We are sorry for you loss. ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: Jim & Dolores Cira - Granger, IN

“Condolances to Joan and family! We have wonderful memories of golf and many, many social events through the years. He will be missed! ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Robert and Donna McClary - Vass, NC

“Dear Joan and Family,I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was one of my favorite people growing up and I enjoyed his great sense of humor. I so...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Jane Poffenberger-Hughes - MI

“I remember Bob as a handsome, smiling young guy married to my pretty cousin. He was a familiar figure at the family reunions on the lake. My...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Nancy Gardner - Denver, CO

“I am sorry to hear of Bob's passing but, am glad that he will in the hands of the creator no longer in pain. ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: Chuck Hupka - Fayetteville, AR

“Sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a great boss when I worked for him and Jim in the office both in the "old" building and then again at the new...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: June Lawniczak - Arizona City, AZ

“Jack and I will surely miss seeing Bob and Joan together at the club in Westminster. We are blessed to have gotten a chance to know you both. We send...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Debbie Bouwens - Lehigh Acres, FL

“The greatest and sweetest man we have ever known. Lifetime to Georgia, 60 years to Ray. Rest in peace dear friend, God has gained a true warrior...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Georgia & Ray Hamilton - TN

“I knew Bob from Huckins Tool & Die and also from Sturgis Tool and Die. He was a great friend. I also knew his Dad, Doyle. My deepest sympathy to...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: John Brant - Green Valley,, AZ

“So many memories flow through my mind. Bob and I were dear friends when we were young. He was more like the brother I never had. Full of the...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Beatrice Ansbaugh - Granger, IN

“Ron, Jean and family, we are so sorry for your lost. Ron, your Dad was an amazing gentleman -wow! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Dave and Diane Dusendang - MI

“So very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. May the family find peace in their precious memories of him and his life. It was a joy to have known and...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Denise and Gordon Jungjohan - LA

“Sincerest sympathy to Joan and Bob's entire family. Bob was a great man and I know all of you are very proud of him now and forever, and you should...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Sonny Rosson - Mechanicsville, VA

“The Hackman Family and the entire staff extend to you our most heartfelt sympathy. ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: Hackman Family Funeral Homes - MI

“To the man that took a kid and made him in to a Diemaker. Big Bob I can't say thank you enough. Rest in peace ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: Wayne Snow - Sturgis, MI

“Our sincere sympathies to the entire Zimmerman family. ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: Keith and Greer Alverson - Howell, MI

On this date, August 1, 2017, Robert Moore Zimmerman left his earthly home to join his parents in their heavenly home.
Bob was born in South Bend, IN on November 2, 1933 to Doyle and Dorothy (Manross) Zimmerman who preceded him in death.
Robert was diagnosed with cancer in May of 2013. He was 83 years old, when he succumbed to cancer. II Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
On June 19, 1954 he married Joan A. Wagner in South Bend, IN. Bob leaves behind is wife: Joan (Wagner) Zimmerman, 2 sons: Steven (Kris Grabe) Zimmerman and Ronald (Jean Loeffl) Zimmerman, a sister: Phyllis (Ed) VanKirk, Grandchildren: Colin (Heather) Zimmerman, Morgan (Jarrod) Phillips, Keihly (Ryan) Hart, Lee (David) Wagner, Jas (Zach) Fanning, Julia Zimmerman, Briann Velie, Nick (Shelby) Velie and 7 great-grandchildren: Adrianna Phillips, Jaxon Phillips, Cohen Hart, Cooper Hart, Lucas Zimmerman, Jacob Zimmerman, Mason Wagner, and Anakin Fanning. He was Papa to all and was devoted to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Bob was President of Sturgis Tool and Die. He bought the business in 1973 along with 2 other partners who he bought out as they retired. In 2014 after 40 years of the business and turning 80, he sold the business to Steve and Ron Zimmerman, his sons.
Bob was a Mason, Shriner, Lifetime Elks Member, and a member of Klinger Lake Country Club. He was most active and dedicated to the Shrine Club. He was very active in the sale of the Valdalia Onions in the spring and the organization and sale of the candy in the fall. He was also the one of the go to guys for repairs on the little fire trucks and the old antique fire truck that are used in the parades around the county. In the summer of 2013, while he was undergoing chemo and radiation, he drove the old antique firetruck behind the little fire trucks in at least 8 parades. Because of his dedication he was presented with the honor of Shriner of the Year for 2012.
For 15 years, Bob volunteered his time every 4th of July to organize the fireworks display, for all to enjoy, at the Island on Klinger Lake. He and many helpers constructed a platform out in the lake where the fireworks were launched. When he stepped away from doing this Suzi and Bob Pucket took over.
Bob belonged to the Klinger Lake Country Club and loved the game of golf. He was a supporter of the club in his own way. Before retirement he played the game 2 or 3 times a week and after retirement he played 3 or 4 times a week particularly in Florida where he spent his winters as a snowbird.
Bob was a Veteran and actively served his county in the United States Army from May 1956 till May 1958 and continued in the reserves until 1962.
Cremation has taken place per his wishes. Visitation with the family will be held on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 between 4:00 and 7:30 P.M. at the Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091. An Elks Ritual Service will be held at 7:30 P.M., Friday at the funeral home.
Religious and military services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, at the funeral home. A celebration of life will follow Saturday's services at the Klinger Lake Country Club.
In lieu of flowers it was his wishes that donations be directed to the Shriner's Children's Hospital, Major Projects c/o Michigan Elks Association for Special Needs Children, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, The First Tee of West Michigan, or a charity of your choice. Envelopes are available at the Rosenberg Chapel who has been entrusted with the arrangements.
His obituary is also at where personal messages of support may be left for the family.