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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Robert C. (Zimmie) Zimmerman, 77, a retired Army Sergeant, a 30-year veteran of the military, died Friday February 20, 2015, in Buffalo General Hospital.

A native of Lockport he was born on July 7th, 1937, in Lockport, the son of the late Floyd and Catherine (burg) Zimmerman. Upon completion of High School he joined the military service and made a career that lasted 30 years. His military service included, he was a military policeman for over 16 years, also assigned to several missile bases, and aviation units in Niagara Falls, and the engineer battalion in of Buffalo, NY area. After his military career, Zimmie worked as a Security Guard for HSBC Bank and the bus driver known as “Mr. Bob”, for Ridge Road Express.

Robert enjoyed traveling, reading, playing cards, and volunteering for many senior citizen groups in the local area, especially the Dale Association, in May of 2013, he was honored at the Dale with the Duncan Nixon Memorial Award, and the RSVP Hanci retired senior volunteer program, especially the Challenger Sports League for teens and adults with disabilities which involved his grandchildren and family.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus 319, the American Legion, A.J. Jurek Post 1672 in East Amherst, NY, along with the 74th/174th Infantry Retires and the 206th Military Police Retired Association, the Dale Association, the Rapids Seniors Association and a Life member of ST. John the Baptist RC Church. He worked many years as an election inspector for both the Niagara County Board of Elections and the Board of Education.

Robert is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joan (Amsdill) Zimmerman, father of Mark (Brenda) Zimmerman, Julie (Floyd Staats) Zimmerman; three grandchildren, Mark, Mitchel and the late Slayter Zimmerman; brother of  the late Judith (Ronald) Phillips and the late Norman (Edith) Zimmerman; brother-in-law George Amsdill Jr. and many loved nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call Tuesday and Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM in Prudden and Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee Street, Lockport.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday February 26th at 10 AM in St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, 168 Genesee Street, Lockport.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to "Challenger Sports League", 3511 Landers Lane, Gasport, NY 14067, would be appreciated by the family.

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