William G. Zimmermann
Jul 4, 1925 – Dec 13, 2017
Age 92, of Omaha and Okoboji. Preceded in death by daughter, Kathleen; son-in-law, Clifford. Survived by wife, Diane; children: Michael, Judith, John (Emily), Diane “Dede,” Andrew (Lyn), Amy (Glen), and Mary (Nunzio); grandchildren: David, Daniel, Madeline (Brendan), Anthony, Brittany, Caleigh, and Alfio; great-grandchildren, William (and his mother, HelenMarie) and Brendan; and a plethora of additional family and friends.
Industrial engineer, entrepreneur, business owner, and innovator, he leaves a legacy unmatched in the material handling/conveying/mining industries. He will be missed immeasurably.
The family will receive friends on Monday, Dec. 18th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL on Tuesday, Dec. 19th at 10am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S. 86th St. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #1. Memorials will be directed by the family.
With overpowering sadness and with the heaviest of hearts, we say goodbye to William Zimmermann, a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, mentor, and bright guiding light whose influence on others will spread outward long beyond his death.
Today, we celebrate his 92 years of boundless generosity and indefatigable love. We struggle to capture the full scope of his intelligence, the depth of his rock-solid support for all those he loved and respected, the precision of his wit, the dynamism of his grand personality, and the admirable, unshakable strength of his character.
In life and in work, he stood at the head of the pack, respected as a leader, industrial engineer, entrepreneur, innovator, inventor, and icon. His accomplishments are countless, and he carried the unique ability to make everyone feel as if they were the center of his world. Among Zimmermanns, he was the center of ours.
In addition to being the best friend of all who had the honor of knowing him, he was a fighter and a champion for himself and for others. He was a two-time winner of the Golden Glove in the Featherweight Division while proudly serving his country in the US Navy, at the tail end of World War II, and he was never one to back down from a challenge.
Upon his abrupt exit from this world, he leaves a legacy unmatched in the material handling, conveying, and mining industries. His footsteps in these fields are as large, as deep, and as permanent as his spirit.
Please keep Bill (“Dad,” “Papa”), his cherished wife, Diane, his numerous friends, and the entirety of the Zimmermann family in your thoughts and prayers in the months and years ahead. The loss of this man is an earthquake across our hearts and memories.