Charles B. “Buzz” Zimmerman, 76

Charles B. “Buzz” Zimmerman, Jr., 76, of Conestoga, died at Lancaster General Hospital on Tuesday, October 6, 2009. He was the husband of Betty M. Gerhart Zimmerman for 58 years. Born in Lancaster, Buzz was the son of the late Charles B. and Ida Scheid Zimmerman.

He served in the US Army as a medical corpsman and ambulance driver during the Korean Conflict. Buzz then worked as a self-employed excavator. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, hunting and fishing, traveling to his camp in Clearfield County, doing puzzles and spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife Betty, Buzz is survived by two sons, Robert C., husband of Barbara N. Bachman Zimmerman and Alan L. Zimmerman, both of Lancaster; two granddaughters, Heather Zimmerman of Lancaster and Lynne Zimmerman of Delta; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Betty “Dolly” Jackson of Strasburg and Ida “Sis”, wife of Donald Smith of Duncannon. His grandson Andrew Zimmerman preceded Buzz in death in 2001.

A viewing will be take place on Friday from 1 to 2 PM at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, 414 E. King St., Lancaster, followed by the funeral at 2 PM, with the Reverend Steve D. Doutrich officiating. Interment in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery. To send online condolences, please visit

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My deepest sympathy at your loss. Buzzy was the greatest and will be missed by many.  I grew up with Bobby and Allan and Buzzy was an inspiration to me in telling me to live each day to the fullest which I have done Thank You Buzzy. I will always remember you HON  DOLLY BROWNS DAUGHTER VALERIE Buzzy moms waiting to show you the way home and I will be there soon Love You Brother Val

Sorry I couldn’t be there, but I want to send my condolences, with my deepest sympathy. Buzz, you were Dolly and my friend, and we had alot of fun together. I will always remember the good times.
My sincere sympathy to all of the Family.
Mel Brown

Aunt Betty, Bob & Alan,
My thoughts are with all of you as you deal with your sorrow. What a blessing for Uncle Buzz to have such a close and loving family as you. To be loved so much on this earth is such a tribute to a wonderful life.
Robin Ann Horner

I am so sorry to hear of your loss.  I am not sure you will remember my husband and I, but Bob and Buzz knew each other for quite awhile.  Buzz and Bob would talk and compare trucks and engines (Diesel engines).  We are Bob and Rita Welcomer from Maytown.  Bob and I want to express our deepest sympthay to you and your sons. Buzz was a very special person.  God bless you and your family.  God has a better need for Charlie, so he is in good hands now. 
Robert & Rita Welcomer
Maytown, PA 17547

Dear Betty,
I don’t know if you remember me but I was married to Jim Shaubach who passed away in December of 2004.  I use to see the both of you at the Willow Street Diner together.  I just wanted to tell you that time heals all and although right now you won’t understand but it does.  Hold on to "God" and he will walk you through it, I did, and live did get better.  There won’t be a day goes by that you won’t think of him but make them happy thoughts.  God Bless You and your family.
Donna Shaubach

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