Donald H. Zimmerman
March 08, 1925 - November 03, 2016
Donald H. “Zimmie” Zimmerman, 91, Fairbury, died at 3:40 am Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 6:30 pm Friday, November 11, 2016 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury. A private inurnment will be in the South Apostolic Christian Cemetery, rural Fairbury. The family suggests memorials be given to SELCAS or Fairview Haven Retirement Community, both in Fairbury. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Zimmie was born March 8, 1925 in Forrest Twp., IL the son of George and Margaret Peters Zimmerman Jr. He married Sherrill Taylor Popejoy on August 31, 1984 in Fairbury. She preceded him in death on May 10, 2010.
Surviving are three step sons, Paul (Elaine) Popejoy, Ellsworth, Ray (Susan) Popejoy, Greg (Kathy) Popejoy, both of Fairbury, six step grandchildren, nine step great grandchildren and one sister, Florence Koch, Tremont.
He is preceded in death by three sisters.
Zimmie was employed at Central Soya in Gibson City for 25 years (1947-1972) holding the position of weighmaster. He also worked for Howard Arnold Trucking (1972-1982) doing road work and hauling gravel. He later worked at Farmers Grain Elevator in Fairbury (1982-1992).
Zimmie enjoyed Nascar racing and, in his early years, was a driver at a lot of the central Illinois dirt tracks for various owners. He was an avid boater for many years and was quite the water skier. Never to be the one to sit still very long, he made his rounds daily with stops at all the coffee shops, K&S, and Popejoy’s to see what else was new. We’ll miss him.