George Peter Zimmerman of Seward died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2001, at home after a long battle with cancer. He was 67.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seward with Father Dick Strauss officiating. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will full military honors will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.
Mr. Zimmerman was born Dec. 16, 1933, in Boyd, Wis., to Hubert and Anna (Hebbring) Zimmerman. After graduating from high school in Boyd he joined the U.S. Air Force. His tours of duty included Korea, Libya and the Philippines and also brought his family to England, France and several U.S. states.
He was stationed in Alaska where he retired in 1972 after 20 years of service. He then taught building maintenance at the Seward Skill Center for 18 years. He was well known as "the man who could fix anything," and had friends calling from all over the United States asking, "George, how do I fix this?"
"He loved to hunt moose with his sons and grandsons, who were all awed by his skills of woodcraft and marksmanship. Grampa spent a great deal of time with all of his family, and was very close with his grandchildren," his family said.
Mr. Zimmerman was preceded in death by his son, Keith; brothers Louis and Edward; and his sister, Margaret.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, June Iris (Jensen) of Seward; daughter and son-in-law Teresa and Kevin Dunham of Anchorage; sons and daughters-in-law Perry and JoAnne Zimmerman and Phillip and Alysse Zimmerman, all of Seward; grandchildren Curtis and wife, Kelly, of Kenai, Kara and Eric Dunham, Jacob, Marcie, Joshua, Amanda and Zane Zimmerman; and great-grandson Byron Dunham.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to be sent to Russian Desk, care of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, P.O. Box 207, Seward, AK 99664. Arrangements were made by Anchorage Funeral Home.
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