Franklin B. ‘Frank’ Zimmerman / 1933-2009Published 9:30am Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Franklin B. “Frank” Zimmerman, 76, of Pucker Street, Niles, died at 8:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at Lakeland Specialty Hospital, Berrien Center, following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Halbritter Funeral Home, Niles, with the Rev. Paul Deeds of Bethel Apostolic Tabernacle, Buchanan, officiating.
Burial will be in Mission Hills Memorial Gardens, Niles.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.
A Flag Presentation and Taps will follow the services at the funeral home by American Legion Post No. 26, Niles.
He was born on March 13, 1933, in Niles, to Bradley Augustus Zimmerman and Jessie Louise James Zimmerman.
He attended Niles Community Schools and lived in Niles all of his life. He retired in 1968, from National-Standard Company in Niles.
He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Navy for two tours of duty. While onboard the USS Barton, he completed an eight-month world tour.
He was a member of American Legion Post No. 26, Niles, and V.F.W. Post No. 4025, both of Niles.
He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 2094, Niles and the Niles Moose Lodge.
He enjoyed hunting at Bitely and fishing.
On Oct. 10, 1959, in Niles, he married Mary Lou (Wogatzke) Zimmerman.
Later, on March 13, 1983, in Niles, he married Phyllis (Boht) Zimmerman, who survives.
Surviving family includes four sons, Scott A. Zimmerman of Niles, Michael B. (Norma I.) Zimmerman of Buchanan, William J. (Lori A.) Zimmerman of Niles and James E. (Tina A.) Zimmerman; a daughter, Lori L. (Cole A.) VanderKlok of Oldsmar, Fla.; stepsons, Robert M. (Tammy) Bowling of Niles and Frank A. (Hazel) Bowling of Buchanan; step-daughter, Rhonda J. Bird of Spring Lake; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; 11 step-grandchildren; 17 step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Joan Vanderboegh of Niles and a brother, James Monahon of Tennessee.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 2094, Niles.
Arrangements were by Halbritter Funeral Home, Niles.