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Memorial created 01-12-2012 by
Zimmerer Family
Robert Ivan Zimmerer
March 3 1918 - January 11 2012

Ann and Bob's 60th Anniversary

This online memorial was created in loving memory of Robert Zimmerer, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign Robert's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember Robert forever.

 

 

Robert Ivan Zimmerer, born March 3, 1918, in Cook County, Illinois, son of Lillian McManus and Michael F. Zimmerer, died on January 11, 2012, in Houston, Texas.

Bob graduated with a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Houston, and a J.D. from the Bates College of Law.  He was a pioneer in the study of corrosion.

Bob served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in World War II.  He loved traveling and dancing.  Bob was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church, and an active member of the Adelphia Sunday School class.

Bob is survived by his wife, Ann Morgan Zimmerer; their three children: daughter Sandra K. Zimmer and her husband, Clyde Moore, Jr.; son Gerald Lee Zimmerer and his wife Nancy Selber Zimmerer; and son Douglas Allan Zimmerer and his wife Donna Owens Zimmerer; and by three grandchildren: Michael, Renè, and Nicole Zimmerer.  Bob also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family to receive friends 10am Saturday, January 14 at First United Methodist Church (Downtown) 1320 Main Street, Houston, Texas with an 11am funeral service and internment to follow at Forest Park Lawndale.

Flowers or contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church.

 

Claire Brothers Funeral Home, 7901 Hillcroft Street, Houston, TX 77081-7205 (713) 271-7250.

 
Bob and Ann's 50th Wedding Anniversary
Bob and Ann on Honeymoon 1950
 
Bob as a Scoutmaster
Bob's Army Days
 

(more photos to follow)

 

Eulogy of my father

MY NAME IS GERALD ZIMMERER, SECOND CHILD TO ANN AND ROBERT ZIMMERER.

WE ARE HERE TO HONOR THE LIFE OF MY FATHER, ROBERT ZIMMERER.

MY FATHER WAS A REMARKABLE PERSON, NOT IN THE WAY HE COMMANDED RESPECT, BUT RATHER IN THE WAY HE SERVED OTHERS.  HE HAD A SERVANT’S HEART.  HE DID NOT SEEK THE LIME LIGHT BUT SOUGHT ONLY TO BE A PART AND TO SERVE.

GROWING UP, I DO NOT RECALL HIM TELLING US WHAT TO DO, RATHER I RECALL HIM GIVING ADVICE AND ENCOURAGEMENT.

TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THREE THINGS ABOUT MY FATHER…

THE FIRST IS A STORY ABOUT MY FATHER THAT HAS YET TO BE TOLD…  IT IS A TRUE STORY ABOUT MY FATHER THAT HE NEVER SPOKE.

THE SECOND IS TO SHARE WITH YOU HIS LAST WORDS; LASTLY IS TO ECHO WHAT I BELIEVE HIS NEXT LAST WORDS WOULD HAVE BEEN.

 

WE ALL KNOW, IT IS THE GOAL OF EVERY PARENT TO TEACH THEIR CHILDREN SO THAT THEY CAN GROW STRONG AND INDEPENDENT. WHAT I DID NOT KNOW UNTIL RECENTLY IS HOW THE LIVES AND TEACHINGS WE GIVE TO OUR CHILDREN ECHO THROUGH THE AGES.

IN MY CASE, I GIVE MY CHILDREN A SMALL WEEKLY ALLOWANCE… NOT BECAUSE I WANT THEM TO HAVE MONEY TO SPEND ON THEMSELVES, BUT BECAUSE I WANT THEM TO LEARN IMPORTANT LESSONS… LIFE IS ABOUT MAKING DECISIONS, HAVING SOME THINGS ON THE ONE HAND AND DOING WITHOUT ON THE OTHER.

EACH WEEK I ASK THEM TO SAVE A SMALL AMOUNT OF THEIR ALLOWANCE.  I ALSO MAKE THEM RECITE TWO THINGS I WANT THEM TO ALWAYS REMEMBER. SO, EACH WEEK AS I PASS THEM THEIR FEW SINGLES, I DON’T RELEASE MY GRIP UNTIL THEY HAVE EACH RECITED THESE SIMPLE LESSONS BACK TO ME.

THESE ARE THE LESSONS I WANT TO ECHO DOWN THROUGH MY CHILDREN.. AND WHEN I PASS YOU CAN REMINISCE AND HOPEFULLY TELL OTHERS HOW I TAUGHT YOU THESE SIMPLE LESSONS.

 


THE STORY YET UNTOLD

AS A CHILD, I KNEW FROM MY FATHERS OLDEST BOOKS AND NOTES, THAT HE HAD ALWAYS BEEN A DEEPLY RELIGIOUS MAN.

AS AN ADULT AND FATHER, HE NEVER SPOKE ABOUT HIS MILITARY SERVICE.

I RECENTLY DISCOVERED IN HIS IMPORTANT PAPERS HIS ARMY DISCHARGE PAPERS WHICH SHOW HE WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED AFTER HAVING SERVED AS A STAFF SERGEANT IN THE PACIFIC THEATRE.

HIS DISCHARGE PAPERS SHOW HE SERVED IN THE MEDICAL SUPPLY DEPOT WHERE HE “SUPERVISED FROM TEN TO SEVENTEEN MEN IN THEIR WORK IN A MEDICAL WAREHOUSE, OF CRATING AND SHIPPING MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO HAWAIIAN ISLANDS, SAIPAN, GUAM, PHILIPPINES, IOW JIMA AND OKINAWA.  ALSO MADE TRIPS TO MEDICAL ORGANIZATIONS … TO ASSIST THEM IN STRAIGHTENING OUT INVENTORY PROBLEMS AND TO ADJUST THEIR MEDICAL SUPPLY RECORDS TO CONFORM WITH THE 5TH MEDICAL SUPPLY DEPOT RECORDS.”

THE UNTOLD STORY, BEGAN WHEN I WAS ABOUT SEVENTEEN.  I HAD GONE TO OHIO TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH MY GRANDPARENTS.  ONE DAY AS WE WERE FEEDING THE BIRDS AND SQUIRRELS ON THE SECOND FLOOR BALCONY, SOMEHOW IN THE CONVERSATION GRANDDAD MENTIONED TO ME DAD HAD FILED AS A CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR TO WORLD WAR II, AND HOW PROUD HE WAS OF BOB FOR STANDING UP FOR WHAT HE BELIEVED.

MANY YEARS LATER WHEN AS AN ADULT I ASKED DAD ABOUT THIS, HE SHARED WITH ME IT WAS TRUE, BUT SINCE HE WAS DRAFTED AND HAD SHOWN UP AT THE INDUCTION CENTER, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS TO FILE HIS PROTEST, BY SHOWING UP AT THE INDUCTION CENTER HE HAD BEEN DEEMED TO HAVE SUBMITTED TO MILITARY JUSTICE.

THE MILITARY COURT OF JUSTICE CONSIDERED HIS OBJECTOR STATUS BUT THE RULING WAS NOT IN HIS FAVOR SO HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE US ARMY.

BECAUSE MY FATHER HAD A SERVANTS HEART, AND EVEN THOUGH HE DID NOT AGREE WITH THE WAR, HE SERVED HIS COUNTRY HONORABLY.

RECENTLY I ASKED MY DAD IF HE WANTED A MILITARY SERVICE (FLAG DRAPED CASKET, TWENTY-ONE GUN SALUTE AND TAPS).  HIS RESPONSE WAS VERY EMPHATIC “NO!”

BUT AS YOU CAN SEE BELOW, THERE IS A FOLDED AMERICAN FLAG; AND AT THE INTERNMENT THERE WILL BE TAPS.

THIS IS BECAUSE I BELIEVE HIS SERVICE NEEDS TO BE HONORED.

  

LET THIS ALSO BE A LESSON TO US ALL, WHEN WE GET OLD AND FRAIL, AND WHEN WE DIE, OUR CHILDREN AND MAYBE OR NIECES AND NEPHEWS WILL MAKE DECISIONS FOR US EVEN IF THEY WOULD NOT BE OUR OWN.

  

MY FATHERS LAST WORDS

 MY FATHER DIED WEDNESDAY MORNING; THE TUESDAY EVENING BEFORE, MY BROTHER DOUGLAS AND HIS WIFE DONNA PUT TOGETHER A SCOUTS COURT OF HONOR AT THE CLAREWOOD CHAPEL SO BOB COULD WITNESS MICHEL’S INDUCTION AS AN EAGLE SCOUT.

DAD WAS IN A WHEELCHAIR WITH OXYGEN TUBE SLUMPED OVER; I THOUGHT HE WAS SLEEPING.

 THE CEREMONY SEEMED LONG, AND DAD TIRED EASILY. 

 AS THE SERVICE CAME TO AN END THE SCOUT MASTER SPOKE A FEW WORDS, THEN DOUGLAS SPOKE A FEW WORDS, AND FINALLY BOB WAS ASKED IF HE WOULD LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS…


“DAD WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS?”

… LOUDER, “DAD, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS?”

HE RAISED HIS HEAD AND THE WORDS BELLOWED OUT:

“IT’S JUST A CEREMONY!”

SILENCE GRIPPED THE ROOM, WE ALL KNEW WE HAD OFFENDED HIM BY TAKING TOO LONG.

TIREDLY HE REPEATED THE SAME WORDS….

“IT’S JUST A CEREMONY”

THEN HE CONTINUED...

“MICHAEL, THIS IS JUST A CEREMONY… THE IMPORTANT THING IS A LONG TIME AGO YOU SET OUT TO DO SOMETHING. YOU MADE A PLAN, YOU STARTED AND STAYED WITH IT.  NOW YOU ARE AN EAGLE SCOUT.  I HOPE THIS IS THE LESSON YOU TAKE WITH YOU YOUR WHOLE LIFE LONG.

 

 ECHO OF MY FATHER

 WE ALL KNOW, IT IS THE GOAL OF EVERY PARENT TO TEACH THEIR CHILDREN SO THAT THEY CAN GROW STRONG AND INDEPENDENT. WHAT I DID NOT KNOW UNTIL RECENTLY IS HOW THE LIVES AND TEACHINGS WE GIVE TO OUR CHILDREN ECHO THROUGH THE AGES.

THE THIRD THING I WANT TO SHARE IS MY ECHO OF WHAT I BELIEVE DAD’S NEXT LAST WORDS MIGHT HAVE BEEN.

MY FATHER WAS ALWAYS AN OPTIMIST… AND THROUGH ME I LIVE THAT SAME OPTIMISM… THE LIFE I LIVE ECHOES HIS TEACHINGS.

THROUGH ME I BELIEVE HIS NEXT LAST WORDS WOULD BE;

NEVER STOP DREAMING;

ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOURSELF; 

KEEP HOPE ALIVE.

THESE ARE THE LESSONS I BELIEVE MY FATHER WOULD WANT ECHOED THROUGH OUR FAMILY’S GENERATIONS.

 

ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND MY ENTIRE FAMILY; THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE; THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR LIVES WITH US TODAY AND FOR HAVING SHARED IT WITH DAD.

GOD BLESS US ALL

 

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