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Keith Zimmerman, VMD, 45

July 13, 2020

Keith Zimmerman, VMD, 45, died Monday, July 13, 2020 surrounded by family after a year-long illness. His life was filled with dairy cows, children, hard work, and the desire to do right and support justice. Katrina, his wife, will miss his sarcasm, his dedication to family, and his endless new projects he planned. Keith’s children, Tyree, Moses, and Imani were blessed to have him as a father. Keith also leaves behind sisters Diana and Anita, brother Neil (wife Lisa), and his mother Alma. He was preceded in death by his father David.

A Drive Up meet and greet will be held on their farm at 1390 Franklin Rd, Columbia, PA 17512 on Saturday, July 18th from 1:00 to 6:00pm. Private services will be recorded and will become available at this page between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM today.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to organizations he supported: Mennonite Central Committee, PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500, NAACP Lancaster Branch, 404 S. Duke St, Lancaster, PA 17603 c/o Blanding Watson, and Farm Bureau Endowed Scholarship/Richard Newpher Scholarship, PO Box 8736, Camp Hill, PA 17001-8736.

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March 03, 2021

Katrina and family, This note is sent from Andon Rrapokushi in Lushnje, Albania. My sincere apologies for overlooking getting it to you earlier! – Sonya H. Translation: We knew Keith Zimmerman when he came and staid at the home of Glenn Zimmerly and guard really good memories of him, as a young guy who was very mannered, educated and dedicated to his work. He was multiple times in our home and at that time we had a little dog that he vaccinated for us. We send our sincere sympathies to your family in the early loss of  Keith. – Andon & Anxhelina Rrapokushi.   Ne e kemi njohur Keith Zimmerman kur ai vinte dhe rrinte ne shtepine e Glenn Zimmerly dhe ruajme kujtime shume te mira per te, si nje djale i ri shume i sjellshem, i edukuar dhe i perkushtuar ne pune. Ai ka qene disa here ne shtepine tone dhe atehere ne kemi pasur nje qen te vogel te cilin ai e vaksinoi. I dergojme ngushellime te sinqerta familjes per humbjen e parakohshme te Keith Zimmerman.

February 01, 2021

Hello Katrina and family– This is Duane & Donna Weaver,sadly we only found out this sad news today— Feb 1.  We had both been on Keith’s STAT team to Jamaica back in 91— We have not kept up with social media– & are thankful one of Keith’s former college friends left us know when she saw it in the EMU newsletter.  We were so thankful we could watch the service online yet– Our hearts ache for you & the children, we are so sorry for your loss.  We will pray for you.
With Love 
Duane  Donna Weaver
 

September 03, 2020

I knew Keith in veterinary school since he was in the class ahead of me. We bumped into each other at the occasional veterinary meeting since then, and had just talked late last year when he started having a decline in health and stopped practicing. Coming from a Mennonite farm background myself, I felt an immediate connection to Keith. He just seemed like such a kind, gentle soul that loved his family and clients. A few farm clients of Keith’s that I’ve been to, since our practice areas partially overlapped, had very high regard for him. He was truly a caring and skilled professional.  I feel deep sadness for his family and prayers go out to them during this difficult time. 
James T. Shissler, VMD
James Shissler

July 26, 2020

Katrina, Tyree, Moses and Imani,
we are so sorry for your loss. Keith was a kind hearted person, a wonderful Father and Husband and Friend to many. We will miss his kindness and sense of humor. While he may be gone, his spirit lives within each of you. He will be missed dearly. we love you so much and have you in our thoughts and prayers. We will never forget what a wonderful man Keith’s was. Love, Nathan, Charlene, Josephine and Sanford 

July 20, 2020

Keith loved and was loved and will be missed by so many people. And you are each loved by all of us, Katrina, Tyree, Moses, and Imani. I’m praying for each of you during this difficult time, and for the rest of your lives in the years to come. Take time to care for yourselves and be cared for. You are all lights. Sending love.
Janelle Bitikofer

July 19, 2020

Dear Katrina, Tyree, Moses, Imani, Judy and Sanford, and extended families,
There are no words to express the sorrow of what you have all experienced. We send our love.
Thank you for sharing the service with all of us. 
 
Jonathan, Karen, Shanti and Matthew

July 19, 2020

Dear Katrina, Tyree, Moses, and Imani, Diana, Judy, mother Alma and others of the family, 
My thoughts have often been with you all in the past months and I will hold you in my heart and prayers going forward- the Christmas card with family pictures stays on my wall.  For the few months I was a small part of Keith’s journey at your home I sensed I was walking with some of God’s very special ones.  May the journey of releasing bring peace in the end.  You are loved and precious even as you have needed to let go of one that has seemed to be taken in his prime. A bright, loving father/husband/farmer with dreams and persistance now released from physical difficulties- may his legacy live on!        Sharon Brubaker

July 19, 2020

Just watched Keith’s service.  Thanks so much for sharing with us.  Praying God will hold you in his hands and give you the comfort that only he can.  I remember the first time I met Keith we were at the construction rodeo and he was having so much fun showing Tyree all of the equipment.  Hold onto the memories.  Love Colette Dowhen (triage)
 

July 19, 2020

My heart breaks for all of you.  
Karen Roberts

July 19, 2020

Deep condolences from Rebecca and Mark — may you all find the courage to continue your grieving in the strength of each others’ support.  Love to all of you, Sanford, Judy, Anna, Katrina, Joe, Desmond, Nathan and all your partners and children. 

July 19, 2020

Dearest Dr. Wyse, I’ve missed seeing you in the office, Katrina, and look forward to seeing you back. . . after you care well for yourself . . . .  For now. . .I just don’t have words. I do want you to know you are on my mind and I discuss your needs and mine with gracious, caring God who hears and holds us close and whispers “peace. . . . 
Sending love, Mike’s mom.

July 18, 2020

Hugs from all of us in your Uncle Denton’s family and Monday supper group.
Faith Wyse

July 17, 2020

Katrina and family
We are heartbroken to hear of your loss. We are sending prayers, love, and hugs. 
Love, 
Lane and Beth Roth and all the boys

July 16, 2020

Dear sweet Katrina and family, 
I am so very sorry for your severe loss. We are all thinking of you in Labor and delivery and sending  you our love and compassion that only a bunch of nurses can do. Many hugs await your return. We love you. Tina Carroll RN.
 

July 16, 2020

I had the pleasure of scrubbing in the OR with Katrina many years ago at Women and Babies Hospital.I remember her speaking of her wonderful husband and some of their exploits together! I was terribly saddened to read of Keith’s passing. Please accept my condolences and prayers, and I wish you and the children peace and comfort knowing Keith is free.
Wendy Lefever

July 16, 2020

I really don’t know were to begin to tell you how my heart is heavy for you and your family. Keith was a great guy and always quiet when i was around. He will be truly missed in every aspect. God BLess the Zimmerman family. Much Love to you always. Monique Middleton, Maya Middleton, Makai Pettis

July 16, 2020

Dear Katrina Anita and Children:
Sending you my deepest sympathy, thoughts, prayers to you and the entire family.  Though Keith and I are in the Zimmerman book, sadly we did not know one another.  I have no doubt he was an amazing, kind, caring and loving father, husband and friend.  May the many many happy memories fill you with love and happiness even a tear now and then… I truely am sad for your loss yet to know his suffering is over. please know that he’ll always be with you…
Condolences,
Nancy Gockley
 

July 15, 2020

Keith was always very friendly and professional when I encountered him at local veterinary meetings and when we ran into each other on a dairy farm. I enjoyed his company at dinner meetings where we would discuss family and he would tell me how important it was to raise a family in a farm environment. It was easy to see how important family was to him. Many of the dairy clients that we had in common have remarked to me how they valued the services that Keith provided as a veterinarian. Keith’s attitude and knowledge were an asset to his clients, colleagues, the community and the veterinary profession. I am fortunate to have known Keith and proud to have had him as a colleague. Keith made a difference. My deepest condolence.
STEVEN L MILLIKEN, VMD

July 15, 2020

Sending our love to you Katrina, Tyree, Moses, and Imani, Sanford and Judy, and all of Keith’s family.  So sorry about these long months of suffering as Keith was leaving us all so slowly.  He treated us with such kindness when we last visited your home, a few years ago.   We loved the pig roast, and the trip with him to visit a farm of one of his clients.  And those goats that kept escaping from his pasture…and the twinkle in his eyes as he talked with us.
Norma Wyse and Mark Ramseyer

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Saturday, July 18, 2020
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Zimmerman family farm
1390 Franklin Road
Columbia, PA
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