John E. Zimmerman, 72

January 12, 1950

John E. Zimmerman, 72, formerly of Strasburg, passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, after a lengthy illness. He was the son of the late Hershey Kurtz and Ruth (Witmer) Zimmerman.

John is survived by his brother Hershey Zimmerman, III (Jeanette), sister Pauline Caldwell (Thomas), sister Judy Wiley (Kirk), twin sister Anna Hartman (Terry), and sister Beth Smith (Don); along with 7 nephews and 5 nieces. John’s entire family loved him very much, and will miss him dearly.

Along with his parents, John was preceded in death by his brother James Zimmerman, his nephew Zachary Zimmerman, and his niece Ashley Smith.

John, also known as “Butch” to his family and close friends, loved spending time at his family cabin in Tioga County. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Prior to retiring, he worked at Vallorbs Jewel Company for many years.

John struggled for many years with numerous health issues due to his paralysis. We thank God that our brother and uncle is now free from pain and all of his suffering.

Butch’s family is truly grateful to all of the doctors, nurses and EMS workers that cared for him over the years. The family also thanks Serenity Hospice for the wonderful care they provided in the final weeks of his life.

Honoring John’s wishes, there will be no public services.
If you would like to make a contribution in John’s memory please consider Serenity Hospice Care, 3331 Street Road, Suite 101, Bensalem, Pennsylvania 19020 or to Humane Pennsylvania, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602 Humane Pennsylvania

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Condolences to the Family

December 31, 2022

I have good memories of John our neighbor.  He always seemed positive when I saw him in the way that he handled his difficult physical situation. To the Zimmerman family- Hershey, Pauline, Judy, Anna, Beth & spouses ‘ May the concern and sympathy of those who care help you through this difficult time.’

December 30, 2022

We send our sympathy on the loss of your brother John.  

December 29, 2022

John will be missed. I truly enjoyed seeing him every time he came to the office. We had some great conversations. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Peggy- Family Medicine Strasburg

December 28, 2022

Dear Zimmerman family,  I have often struggled through the years with memories from the days after he was injured as a teenager and lying in the hospital.  I don’t think I ever prayed more intently for anyone to recover physically than I did for John.  I was youth director at our church at the time and would feel a sense of responsibility to intercede on his behalf.  After those agonizing prayers we were not seeing God’s healing hand.  We had to resolve that this was the life that John was given and who are we to question his creator and maker.  I have had a number of encounters with John over the years and they were always very positive.  He had the ability to navagate a difficult path and do it gracefully.  I commend him for this. David Fisher

December 23, 2022

I’ll always remember Butch by all the fun times spent with him in Letonia, PA. Rest In Peace Butch! I’ll never forget you!

December 23, 2022

Dear family, may your memories give you relief as you travel through this “loss” today and in the future. We love you and thank the Lord for your lives every day. I know you will miss “Butchie” and I grieve with you in that loss❤️💕😍
all our love, Uncle Ted and Aunt Reenie❤️

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