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John J. Zimmerman, 78

February 15, 2021

John J. Zimmerman, 78, of Lancaster, passed into his next adventure on February 15, 2021. Born in Talmage, PA he was the son of the late John S. Zimmerman and Grace (Mellinger) Landis. He left this world from Palmetto, FL as a snowbird, where he never failed to remind his family and friends about the warm weather.

The love of his life, fellow world traveler, and wife of 43 years, Laraine (Smith) Zimmerman, left before him in 2012.

Graduating from the 1961 class of J.P. McCaskey High School, he continued his education at Stevens College of Technology and received his certification in Electrical Maintenance. John was an electrician and mechanic for Kellogg’s Company for 25 years and dutifully served as a Trustee and Union Steward for the American Federation of Grain Millers.

John could be found exploring the little-known corners of the world with his passion for geocaching. Many memories will endure through his children, grandchildren and friends of geocaching, crabbing, clamming, kayaking, RV trips, and traveling to their bay house in Rumbley, MD. Never passing up a moment to socialize, dance, and enjoy a drink or two, he enjoyed memberships at the Moose Lodge, American Legion Post #34, and AMVETS.

He is survived by two daughters, Cynthia “Cindy” McCombs, wife of Kenneth III, of Leola, Christa Lopez, wife of José III, of Willow Street, a son Jim Zimmerman, of Millersville, four grandchildren, Victoria, Elizabeth, Dylan, and Conner and companion, Judith McGlynn, of York. He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret “Peggy” Leaman.

A Celebration of John’s Life will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 2pm at the Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory 3110 Lititz Pike.Friends will be received from 12:30pm to 2pm. Interment will be in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Community Care 685 Good Dr., Lancaster, PA 17604 or to Water Street Rescue Mission 210 S. Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603.

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March 22, 2021

I met John when he met Laraine. We laughed together for all these years. I will miss him dearly. My love and condolences to the family.
Kathy Goba Wetzel

March 12, 2021

John was my landlord these last seven years or so, but he was also a friend many times. He was a “glass half-full” sort of guy, always upbeat, and he was one of the happiest retirees I ever met. He treated me like much more than a tenant, and I will always remember him for his big heart, big smile and generosity with his time.When my own father died in 2017, John was my early morning ride to the airport to attend that memorial service. That was just John, an early riser who was eager to help others. Perhaps my most enduring images of him are on his beloved 1947 Wheel Horse riding mower — “hey, it still works, might as well keep it!” — and of him relaxing outside the back of the house, casually reading the local newspaper. He never mowed just his own yard, either. When John fired up the Wheel Horse, the elderly neighbor’s grass also was cut, with no return favor expected or accepted.I am certain I will never find another landlord as cool as John, and as ready to be a friend as part of the deal. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and friends. I too will miss him, and will remember him long after my days as “the guy upstairs” have ended.
Matt

March 05, 2021

I was in the Class of ’61 with John.  He was a dear friend.  John had  a gorgeous black 1957 Chevy Bel Air in 1961 – which was pretty impressive at McCaskey. One evening after school, we went to the local drag strip – Route 741.  I was honored when John asked if I wanted to run his car down the strip.  It was an automatic. John said put in low, floor it and then drop it into drive.  I put it in low, floored it and mistakenly dropped it into reverse.  Even after the black smoke cleared, John & I remained good friends.  I will miss seeing him at the Lanc Brewing Co.  He was always a gentleman.  Looking forward to seeing him again.
 
Art Mellinger
717-575-3668     

March 05, 2021

Your family can be proud of your father. I worked with your dad for the 25 years he was at Kelloggs and he was always there to help anyone. I always enjoyed our trips to Lewes fishing with him and some of the other guys from work. He was always upbeat and easy going. Your dad was a great guy. God’s Blessings to your family. John is in good hands. Many prayers. Norm Heming

March 05, 2021

March 05,2021
Cindy, Christa and Jim           Our sincere sympathy for your loss. John was a special friend who we will miss in our lives. We shared a lot of good times together socially and while working at Kelloggs. Memories we are holding in our hearts forever. A big hug from us. May John rest in peace with Lorraine until we meet again.
  The livestreaming and memorial tribute were much appreciated while we are recovering from Covid .
Glenn and Bonnie Hertzler

March 05, 2021

Ann and I had the priviledge to travel with John from time to time as we ventured to other places.  He is a warm and caring person.  He had a warm smile and a good word for all.  He made our time around him brighter. Our thoughts go out to Judy and his family.
Dave and Ann Stetser

March 05, 2021

We remember our cruises with John, transatlantic and down the Rhine, Thursday nights at Lancaster Brewing and spending time at his place in Rumbley, MD. Always carefree, happy and smiling, he was often talking about his family. We wish we’d had the opportunity to meet you.
We will miss John and his positive outlook. We were fortunate to have a little bit of him in our lives.
We wish you peace.
Bill & Sandy Stine

March 05, 2021

My sincere condolences to the family.  John was a super guy.  As mentioned, he did my electrical work at my house.  We shared the same birthday and always gave each other a hard time as to whose turn it was to bring the doughnuts.  Prayers for comfort to you all.
Kathy Ream

March 05, 2021

Good Bye old friend
Larry and FranWolpert

March 05, 2021

What a great guy.  We met him through Fran & Larry and became good friends with him over the years.  We went on Cruises with him and he would visit us in Florida when we stayed in Cape Coral for 2 months. We would meet him at LBC every Thursday night for beer and usually pizza.   We will miss him very much.  Our prayers go out to Judy and his family.  Rest in Peace John    Bob and Cindi Rossi

March 05, 2021

I have many fond memories of John at the J&J on Pearl Street.  He was always a stand up guy and always fun to be around.  Years later getting old friends together for breakfast and talking old times.  He will be truly missed.  Rest in peace my friend.   
Jimmy Mahler

March 05, 2021

Cindy, Christa and Jim,  There is nothing we could say but we will miss John with all our heart.  He was a great friend and would do anything you need.  We spent many hours having dinner with him on Friday nights and geocaching.  He was our tall friend to reach the caches.  We have known him for over 50 years that started when your mother started dating him.  We watched as you all grew up and spent many hours with the our families spending time together.  Mike and I will not be there for the service because of medical conditions but will be watching the service from home.  Just know that we are with you in our heart.  
Mike and Sharron Hoffer

March 04, 2021

So sorry to hear this about John.  Zimmy was a great guy and was so glad to see him at the last reunion.  Sympathy to your family
Pam Critchfield

March 03, 2021

I also was a coworker, ate lunch with him daily. Loved to hear about his travels BUT most of all his passion for his wife and children. He was one of the truly Fine Gentleman Left. My Prayers and Thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Judi Shaffer

March 03, 2021

I was a coworker at Kelloggs and had the pleasure of hearing about a few of John’s travels. He always had a story to tell!! I extend my deepest sympathy to all the family during this time of great loss.
Kathy Herr

March 03, 2021

What a great guy and friend ! He flew to Florida to drive my dad home when got sick and needed help. He was my best go out for breakfast bud and he was a skilled friend with a big heart. I feel bad for the Zimmerman family and guys like him are hard to find. God bless all the family and friends 
Gary Lashley

March 03, 2021

For John’s family. I met your parents while working in a doctor’s office. Your parents were an absolute delight. Any day I saw their name in the appointment book, I knew it would be a fun day. They shared their adventures and travels. They brought delight to the world.
Nancy

March 03, 2021

What a Prince!   A helping hand, a warm smile a strong Union brother. That’s how I will remember your Dad. Lancaster Labor Council for 20+ years & the year we were deserted in Phillie at a convention b/c the last train West to Lancaster was already gone. Heaven has gained an angel. He will be missed.  Thanks for sharing him w/ all of us!
Pat B

March 02, 2021

Very sad to hear this news! I had the opportunity to get to know John with two of our mutual hobbies – metal detecting and geocaching. Many times we hunted coins or helped find lost items, swapped stories and experiences at an event or club meeting, or met randomly somewhere looking for caches. Good memories and a nice guy all around! He always spoke highly of his children and dear friends – enjoying the time he spent with them. He will be missed!
Hoping for peace and comfort for his family and friends during this time of loss.
David Meadows

March 01, 2021

May our prayers and memories go out to Cindy, Christa, Jim and Judy at this difficult time.
WORK memories???, Florida visits each year, metal detecting and just plain great friendship.
Its great here but greater up there with Laraine.
always Blaine & Judy Holland

March 01, 2021

John (JZ) was a good friend, a fun traveling companion, and an overall, really nice guy with a big heart.  I always looked forward to seeing him either at our weekly happy hour, midway between the two coasts of Florida for lunch, or at the beginning of one of our great trips.  I know it’s a cliche, but I will miss not having him with us on our next adventure.  Our thoughts are with Judy, his family (that he was always proud of), and his friends.  RIP, JZ.    
John Stehman

March 01, 2021

Very sincere sympathy to “Zimmies” family. He visited my husband and I in S Carolina just a few months ago, actually went to his senior prom with him, very quiet way back then. Very nice guy. He will be missed.
Barbara brendle Hohman Metz

March 01, 2021

Dear Jim, Dylan, Christa, and family,
 We are very sorry for your loss. Sending you our deepest condolences and prayers. John was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. We will forever cherish the few good times we got to spend with him.  With Sympathy and Love, 
Jeff and Caroline Unitis

February 28, 2021

Cindy, Christa, John & Judy may the attributes you listed in John’s passing give you comfort and strength at this time.
 
 
John was a good dance partner at Post 34. He was a lot of fun on the river cruises with the gang.  Ate/drank pizza/beer at LBC on Thursday night Happy Hour with the gang {split the food & bill weekly}.  When the pandemic hit our Happy Hour continued with high tech Zoom.  Monthly breakfasts with the gang at Park City Diner.  Feasting on grabs at the bay house with the gang.
Bringing oysters from the bay to Lancaster  for those who wanted/paid – I was one who loved making oyster stew.
 
John will be missed and never forgotten. 
 
My deepest sympathy Susan {alias Rachel}

February 28, 2021

Jim, Christa and Cindy, Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your father’s passing. He will be missed by so many. He is with the love of his life in the great heavens above and very happy. He will be cherished by the many memories of laughter, friendship, kindness, caring and love he gave to his family and friends. God Bless!!
Jim R.

February 28, 2021

Probably only about 9 years since John joined us as snowbirds in TREE LAKES, but we had met him and Laraine through Darrell and Terry several years before that.  We became immediate friends.  We arrived in our park late this year.  John had already been here for several weeks.  He was waiting for us and helped us unload the car.  That was John, always happy to lend a hand.  We sure do miss him and send sincere condolences to his family, and to Judy (we had a hand in getting them acquainted).Gene and Trudy Wise, Red Lion,PA

February 28, 2021

I will miss you my friend!!  Prayers and hugs to the whole family!!
vickie bowman

February 28, 2021

Cindy, Christa and Jim, we are so very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. We spent several years traveling with your mom and dad. He was truly a good person and fun to be with. May your fond memories of him help you carry on.
Denny and Karen Dinkel

February 28, 2021

John you will be missed at our annual relay for life with all your help.  We will be praying for you family
larry and Carlene landis

February 28, 2021

Even though we were in the same class in high school, I only had the privilege of getting to know John better while having breakfasts at the Rohrerstown Family Restaurant.   He told some of the best stories!  When I think about John, I think about God’s 10 commandments–need I say more!   He will be missed.  Your friend and classmate, Mort Rostolsky

February 28, 2021

John was an incredible caring person and will be missed by many. 
My sincere condolences to the family. 
Joyce Moyer

February 28, 2021

Our Deepest Sympathy To JOHN’s Family At This Most Difficult Time.  Our Prayers Are With You All. 
NEIL

February 27, 2021

My Godfather, my uncle, my friend, my connection to my past.      There are no words.   Just one more phone call would be all I could ask.    My favorite thing was listening to your stories. I could listen to you for hours on end! You lived a wonderful life.      I am truly blessed to have had you in my own.    
Sorrow is what I feel, but I am aware you would not want that!  
In order to live a life, we all must owe a death.
   Until we meet again.  
Joseph 

February 27, 2021

We had good times, we had bad, we had ups and downs, we laughed and we cried, had understandings and  misunderstandings, and through our 53 years we always had friendship !
GOD’s eternal rest my friend and GOD’s comfort to the entire Zimmerman family, friends and loved ones.
Charlie

February 27, 2021

Cindy, Christa & Jim,  Your dad was my best friend. I will miss him every day. We shared many memories, some going back 60 years. He was always there for me, and we supported each other.  He was very proud of each of you, and his entire family. I’m sure he is now in a better place.
Ben Stigelman

February 27, 2021

Our Sincere Condolences to John’s Family and many Friends! We will miss John’s kind  smile and Fun-Loving, Adventurous Soul! The Florida winters and Lancaster visits will not be the same. Thank You for the pleasure of your Friendship. Never forgotten!God Bless… Judy and Jim Pyle

February 27, 2021

John will be missed in Tree Lakes 
Shari And Skip Franklin

February 27, 2021

Cindy, Christa andJim; the passing of your mom, and your dad hass left our hearts with a big hole, they were both very special people, always willing to lend a hand, our many travels with them to special places, the memories will be lasting and the smiles for ever warming. They will be missed everyday, until we meet again in the better place.
Al and Barbara Hake

February 27, 2021

We are so very sorry for your loss.  John was a wonderful, fun-loving and generous man.  We shared many good times with him and Laraine (and many geocaches!) He will be missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.  Donna and Chuck Kilgore
 

February 27, 2021

John you were a good man!Say hi to my son for me!
Robert Duke Shomo

February 27, 2021

There are no words that I can use that would express the sorrow that I’m feeling over the loss of this incredible man.  Ever since John started dating my sister, his future wife, I have known how warm and sincere he was, he would drop everything to come help my family, whom he deeply loved.  He was my father’s best friend and they enjoyed anything from wine making, to gardening, and mostly fishing.  This world is a better place thanks to the kindness of this one man.  He is one that cannot be forgotten and will forever be in my heart.  RIP my forever brother-in-law, and much loved friend.  
Cindy A. Shomo

February 27, 2021

I have enjoyed your friendship for 50 plus years.  Loved you like a brother.  Could count on you like no other.  We raised our children together,  camped and traveled.  We danced and socialized with friends and family.
We were there for each other,  good times and bad.  My love for you and Laraine will never end but will continue  in heaven.  How blessed I am to have had you and Laraine in my life and also your children and grandchildren.
 
Reta Senft

February 27, 2021

We shall miss John.
Deborah Marko

February 27, 2021

John, you were a fantastic neighbor from day one that Wil & Mary moved in across the road from you. Aaron, Manny and I will miss you out there and coming over to chat. God’s blessing to your family! 
Mary Canfijn

February 27, 2021

Earth lost an incredible human being, Heaven gained an angel.  He will be missed by many.
Sylvia Lashley

February 27, 2021

Cousin John had stopped by to meet with me when I was cleaning out my brothers apartment after he passed away in December. We chatted awhile and he invited me to join him and his friends where they meet every day for breakfast. Sadly I never got the time to join him. Many fond memories, and he’ll be missed.
Bob Mellinger

February 27, 2021

With profound sadness, I want to send condolences and prayers to your family.  John is and will be missed by many and certainly already by me.  RIP, my friend.
Larry Beaner

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