Shelby  County  Indiana


The  South  Bend  Tribune
South Bend, Indiana
April 27, 2010
ELKHART - Dr. Ernest Eugene Zimmerman Jr., 89, of Elkhart, born July 18, 1920, in Shelbyville, Indiana, Shelby County, Indiana, to the late Ernest Eugene and Lenore Elizabeth (Wooley) Zimmerman Sr., passed away of natural causes on April 22, 2010, at 5:30 A.M. in the Elkhart Hospice House.
          Family and friends of Ernest Zimmerman (Doc) mourn his passing. We have lost a good man. Doc was ready to go to heaven to be with his beloved wife (of 65 years), Donna Jean, who passed away three years ago. Now they can dance for as long as they want.
          From 1948 to 1996 Doc passed his time with helping many patients with their eyesight. As an optometrist he practiced his last 37 years of his working life at his Lexington Street office, where he was assisted by Mimi Ponte for 27 years. What a team they were. Doc served as a master sergeant in the U.S. Army and was a WWII veteran. He was a member of the Elkhart Lions Club and Toastmasters.
          Having no children of their own, Doc and Donna wrapped their loving arms around their many nieces and nephews, showering them all with love and happiness. Surviving are his sisters, Joan Smead and Lougene Clifton, both of Elkhart. His nieces and nephews, Kim Smead, Marla Carter, Darla White and Lynne Laffoon; Rob, Andy and John Clifton, Alan Grant, Susan Clark, Dawn Grant, Larry Grant, Patric Grant, Shawn Grant, Kerry Koppi, and several great-nieces and nephews also survive.           He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna J. Jenks, whom he married May 25, 1942, in Chicago. Donna passed on May 6, 2007. Doc was also preceded by his brothers who also served in the military, Robert "Bob" and Joseph "Joe" Zimmerman.
          To anyone who knew Doc, you would have heard some tremendous stories of his life. He also loved to tell jokes and make people laugh. Doc had a knack of whistling like no other person. When he wasn't telling stories, he was whistling his favorite songs.
          We will miss you Doc and look forward to seeing you and Donna Jean again in Heaven.
          No services are scheduled. Cremation will take place at the Elkhart Cremation Service with burial to be held at a later date at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Wild Rose, WI.
          In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.
          Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Contributed by John Addison Ballard

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday April 20, 1943
Page 1 column 4
          George Zimmerman, age eighty-one, died at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at his home on rural route 1, near Shelbyville, following an illness of six months.
          He was a son of  John A. and  Henrietta Bennett Zimmerman  and was born February 21, 1862, in York township, Dearborn county.  He moved to Shelby county as a young man and had been a farmer here all his life.  He was a member of the First Evangelical church.
          Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Anna H. Seitz, of Shelbyville, and a brother, William Zimmerman, of Sunman.  Five sisters and three brothers preceded him in death.
          Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at the Ewing mortuary, with the Rev. J. C. Killingeberger officiating.  Burial will be held in Forest Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary at any time.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Terry Lile

The  Indianapolis  Star
November 23, 1915
Page 4  Column 1
State  Briefs
          SHELBYVILLE -- Inability to get any more of a medicine which had been greatly benefiting him is believed to have caused  Oscar Zimmerman, 26 years old, a printer at Morristown, to drown himself.  His body was found in eight feet of water near the traction bridge after his cap had been found on the bridge by his brother.  The family physician had told him it was impossible to get any more of the medicine he had been using.  His parents, two brothers and two sisters survive, one of the brothers being  Stanley Zimmerman  of Indianapolis.
Contributed by Virginia Latta Curulla

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