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Robert Paul Zimmermann, Sr. died February 16, 2022, age 93 in Grand Rapids, MI.

He was born April 14,1928 in Detroit, MI, joining his parents Ralph E Zimmermann, Sr., Martha Hardeman Zimmermann, and brother, Ralph E Zimmermann, Jr.

Bob was a proud graduate of University of Michigan and honored to be a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He dedicated his professional life to a family business of manufacturer representatives calling on US automotive companies with his father Zim, brother Ralph, son Rob and nephew Ralph. He is survived by the love of his life, Frances (Betty) Anklam Zimmermann; children, Robert (Elise Kietzer) Zimmermann, Jr., Susan (John) Whitaker and Nancy (Glenn Bennett) Zimmermann as well as many grand-children and great grandchildren. He found so much joy seeing his great-grandchildren growing. He enjoyed hunting, skeet, trap, golf and vacationing with his family. Bob was a member of Detroit Gun Club as well as Pere Marquette Rod and Gun Club. He was known for always having his camera, ready to capture photos his family still enjoys viewing. He loved his German heritage, enjoying much travel throughout his life. Bob and Betty raised their family in Birmingham and spent the majority of their retired years living in SC on Seabrook Island. His greatest joy was living his life with his beloved wife Betty. He will be missed for his humor and love.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, (616) 452-3006.


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  1. Dave and Judy Snyder on February 18, 2022 at 4:55 pm

    Condolences to the Zimmerman Family:
    Even after a long season of loss, our hearts are never ready to say goodbye. Peaceful thoughts bring you comfort when you need it most.
    In the new season, may memories go with you…and may peaceful thoughts bring you comfort when you need it most.
    Bob’s smile will be so missed at the PM Club.
    Dave and Judy

  2. Dennis &Denise Carr on February 18, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    We are very sorry for your loss. We met Bob & Betty over 30 years ago. Bob was very nice to our family and a pleasure to be with. His memory will be remembered forever with the PM Club family!

    Dennis & Denise Carr

  3. Jim Hagar on February 21, 2022 at 10:34 am

    Bob was such a good guy & fine gentlemen-I’ve fond memories seeing him & brother Ralph shooting Grouse Walk , multiple All Member wkn’s watching he & Betty dancing to the Jack Pine Savages band in the club house. Our deep condolences to the entire Zimmermann family
    Jim & Jackie Hagar

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