George W. Zimmer Sr.


Posted: Sunday, September 05, 2004

Cooper Landing resident George W. Zimmer Sr. died Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, in Cooper Landing. He was 76.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 6, at the Kenai Lake Baptist Church on Snug Harbor Road in Cooper Landing. The Revs. Gary Blair and Willie Johnson will officiate. Military honors will follow the services at the church.

Mr. Zimmer Sr. was born March 4, 1928 in Tacoma, Wash. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years in intelligence. He moved to Alaska in 1961, residing in Fairbanks. In 1966, he moved to Anchorage for a short time and then to Palmer, only to return to Anchorage in the early 1970s.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1965, he drove a cab in Anchorage. He then moved to Cooper Landing nearly 25 years ago.

Mr. Zimmer was Baptist by faith and mined on his Quartz Creek claim for nearly 35 years.

"If it can be said of anyone, it is certainly true that George never met a stranger. He would invite total strangers to go with him to his gold claim and pan for gold. Most of the strangers became lifelong friends. His only request was that they leave their troubles at the top of the hill," his family said.

Mr. Zimmer was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and a brother.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian Zimmer of Cooper Landing; daughters, Sharon Duranko of Carson City, Nev., Patty Blair of Lamar, Ark., and Tina Marie Close of Anchorage; sons, George Zimmer Jr. of Lamar, Ark., and William Zimmer of San Diego; sisters, Pat Sandness of Seattle and Winnifred Flothe of Anchorage; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be sent in Mr. Zimmer's name to First Choice Home Health and Hospice, 159 E. Redoubt Ave., Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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