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“OUR SINCEREST CONDOLENCES TO THE ENTIRE ZIMMERMAN FAMILY IN THEIR LOSS. KNOW THAT YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. DICK, PAT, RICH AND TIFFANY...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: THE RICHARD W. RADER FAMILY - OH

“Zimmerman Families We all want your families to know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.God Bless all. Don&Alice...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Walker Family - Ontario, OH

“We all are sorry for you're loss. Not knowing Uncle Ben and Aunt Martha for along period of time found it hard not to love either one. Uncle Ben was...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Bill,Terry,Kathy Kinkel - NC

“Martha and Family, We were so sorry to hear about Ben's passing. It seemed so sudden as the time passed so quickly. We are sorry we couldn't be there...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Dave & Jacquie Wagner - MANSFIELD, OH

“Deb, Brad, and families, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I lost my dad in October he also was in hospice care. It doesn't make...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Sonja Hardin-Kreis - mansfield, OH

“Dear Zimmerman Family: I am so sorry for your lost. I never knew your Dad nor Mom, however, I am a patient of Larry & Brian Zimmerman. They are...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: WILLIA LEER - MANSFIELD, OH

“Zimmerman Family, We will fondly remember your dad and the service he gave as a Sunday School Superintendant. All the great bus trips that he...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Matt & Marlene Neal - Mansfield, OH

“Dear Zimmerman Family Our prayers and support are with you during this tough time. Ben was an independent thinker. One would never know what he...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Curt and Pauline Haring - OH

“Dear Martha and family, We are so sorry that we will be unable to attend the calling hours and services for dear Ben as we are in Rhode Island and...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Dave and Elaine Pavkov - OH

“Brad,Debbie,and family, Grandpa Zimmerman fought the good fight! Welcome home good and faithful servant! He was good and faithful to his family, God...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Jamie, Susi, Blank - Defiance, OH

“To the family of Ben Zimmerman and in loving memory of a wonderful man and mentor: In my high school and early college year summers, I was offered...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Paul Haring - Kailua, HI

“Dear Martha and Family, Our deepest sympathy. We thought of Ben as a real asset to the Ontario Community and always respected his leadership and...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Bob and Bev Rakestraw - FL

“Martha, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. We spent many happy days in our home Ben built in 1964. Evelyn ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Evelyn Milligan - Waco, TX


Benjamin Zimmerman, 83, of Mansfield, went to be with the Lord Saturday, April 11, 2009 at North Central Ohio Hospice in Ashland with his wife Martha at his side. Born September 26, 1926 in Mansfield, he was the son of Herbert and Clara (Gleason) Zimmerman. Ben graduated from Mansfield Senior High School and Chicago Technical College. He served in the U.S. Navy in WWII and was a Seaman First Class on the U.S.S. Bataan. Ben received numerous medals while serving his country, including the American Area, Victory WWII, Asiatic-Pacific Area and Star, and Philippine Liberation. He retired as a builder and developer in the Mansfield and Ontario areas and was past president of the Mansfield Home Builders Association. He was also the past owner and founder of Zimmerman's Family Sales. Ben was a teacher and long-time Sunday School Superintendant at the Apostolic Christian Church on Middle Bellville Rd. He was a member of Ontario Christian Fellowship. Ben was also a past president and long-time member of the Ontario High School Booster's Club. He held reserved seats at the Copeland Stadium for 33 years. Ben and his wife, Martha centered their lives on the Lord and their church and their family, never missing the sporting and musical events of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Martha Katherine (Kinkel) Zimmerman; son, Dr. Larry (Suzanne) Zimmerman of Mansfield; daughters, Marylou (Bob) Schmidt of Columbus, and Debby (Brad) Moore of Mansfield; grandchildren, Dr. Brian (Heidi) Zimmerman, Holly (Anthony) Simpson, Jennifer (Mike) Garter, Sarah (Steve) Meyer, Maggie (Chris) Lay, Bob (Michelle) Schmidt, Jr., Katie Moore, Angie (Tony) Blank, Brad (Megan) Moore, Jr., and Hannah Moore; great-grandchildren, Samuel, Benjamin, and Shelby Zimmerman, Haley, Emma, and Jake Simpson, Anderson and Miles Benjamin Meyer, Spencer and Cameron Lay, Joshua Moore-Snyder, and Anthony Blank, Jr.; brothers, Noel (Darlene) Zimmerman of Mansfield, Marty (Evelyn) Zimmerman of Wooster, and Herbert (Kay) Zimmerman, Jr. of Ashland; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Garland Zimmerman; sister, Imogene Kelly; stepmother, Byrl Zimmerman; and nephew, Jimmy Lee Kelly.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 100 S. Lexington Springmill Rd. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Ontario Christian Fellowship, 636 Lexington-Springmill Rd., Mansfield conducted by Jim Haring. Military graveside services conducted by the Richland County Joint Veteran's Burial Detail will follow in Mansfield Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Ontario Christian Fellowship Camp Fund or Hospice of North Central Ohio.

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