BROWNS MILLS — James L. Zimmerman (Jim), 88, passed away peacefully at his home in Gibson City IL on Friday (Sept. 3, 2021).
Visitation is 6-8pm Thursday, Sept. 16, at Lankenau Funeral Home, Pemberton, NJ. Funeral service on Sept. 17, 10am, followed by military honors at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, North Hanover, NJ where he will be laid to rest with his wife Francis Mary, and son James W. Zimmerman. Reception follows at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 373 Croshaw Rd, Wrightstown, NJ 08562.
Jim was born March 30, 1933, in Dallas, TX, son of Leslie and Ethel Lee Cline Zimmerman. He married Frances Mary Nicholson on June 25, 1955, in Angola, IN. Frances passed away on Aug. 1, 2001 in Gibson City, IL. He then married Martha L. Cabbage on May 25, 2002, passing away on Feb. 17, 2021. Jim and Frances are preceded in death by their infant son James Frederick Zimmerman.
Jim is survived by Laura (Richard) Follmer of North Myrtle Beach, SC and her children Hans, Eric and Yvonne; James William Zimmerman (deceased) and his children James David and Amanda; Devon Punchello of Burlington, NJ and her children Corinne, Alexander and Joseph; Kimberly Zimmerman of Burlington, NJ and her children Chauntil, Brandon and Shannon whom he raised; and Erin (Todd) Viereck of Burlington, NJ and her children Zachary, Rachel and Robyn; six great-grandchildren; and three sisters residing in Illinois- Mary Lee Henson, Sonja Shubert, and Mikki Benz.
Jim was a distinguished military veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force, serving in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. His military career necessitated him and his family travel the globe, eventually retiring at Maguire AFB as a flight engineer for the C124 Globemaster, C130 Hercules and the C141 Starlifter cargo airplanes. After the military, Jim retired from the Roads and Grounds Division, Fort Dix, NJ.
Jim was a dedicated member of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733 AF&AM and an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in both Rantoul, IL and North Hanover, NJ. Jim’s service to his church spans decades as a former Bishop, and as a senior architect/construction manager of the North Hanover, NJ location.
Jim was a true tradesman and craftsman who very much enjoyed conversation with company and family, whether providing advice, sharing stories of his many life experiences or simply spending time together. Jim was genuine and generous, a husband, father and family man. He will be dearly missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project Inc. at support.woundedwarriorproject.org.