William ‘Bill’ Abe Zimmerman Sr.


Posted: Friday, February 10, 2006

Kenai resident William ‘Bill’ Abe Zimmerman Sr. died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, in Wenatchee, Wash. of a stroke. He was 69.

A memorial will be held in May in Kenai. His ashes will be spread in a location of his wishes.

He was born March 9, 1936 in Los Angeles, Calif., to Frank and Elizabeth Zimmerman. He graduated from Taft Union High School and Taft College and Mechanic Trade School in Los Angeles.

Mr. Zimmerman was active in Derrick Square Dancing, the Nomad Trailer Club and coached Little League in Taft. He actively worked and was a board member and the treasurer of the United Way. He was part of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Emergency Planning Commission, helped organize the Jesse Owens Games, was an Arco representative to the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and in 1991 was president of the Kenai chapter of the American Petroleum Institute. He was presented the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Log Cabin Award in 1991.

He spent most of his life in the oil industry working for Mobil Oil, Standard Oil (now Chevron), Wagley and Son and Arco for 17 years.

“After he retired he met and married his wife, Sue, in 1993 in Reno, Nev. They traveled the states to see their children and grandchildren,” his family said. “He adored his grandchildren. Bill loved fishing with his wife and grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father and grandpa. His wisdom and sense of humor will be greatly missed.”

Mr. Zimmerman was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Elizabeth Zimmerman; sister, Betty; and son, William Jr.

He is survived by sons and daughter-in-laws, Frank and Kathy Zimmerman and their children, Brooke and Zane of Kamiah, Idaho and Fred and Debbie Zimmerman and their children Samantha, Luke, Joseph and Abigail of Southern Pike, N.C.; daughter, Cynthia Anderson, her fiance, Dennis Wilbert and her children, Sabrina, Kayla, Sheena and Katarina of Kenai; grandchildren, Quilla of Napa, Calif., Robbie Caye and her daughter and James and John, all of Sterling; wife, Sue Zimmerman of Wenatchee and her children; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations be sent to Cynthia Anderson, P.O. box 2726, Kenai, AK 99611.

Arrangements were made by Betts Funeral Services in Washington.

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