THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: October 3, 2019
Orvis Zimmerman, 87, of Stephenson, Mi., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 at home surrounded by family.
Born Nov. 8, 1931 in Carney, Mi., to the late Fred and Irene (Thiry) Zimmerman on their family farm, he was raised with eight siblings. He joined the United States Air Force in 1951 during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1953. He then served in the active reserves from 1957 to 1959.
On March 3, 1956, he married Sandra Tupper at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Menominee. He worked at Chrysler Proving Grounds as a test driver and mechanic in Chelsea, Mi. He then was a truck driver out of Carney and had a farm. For 30 years he traveled the U.P. as a salesman for the Hoover Company and Robinson Furniture and was promoted to District Manager and relocated to Madison, where he retired from. After retirement, he drove truck across the country delivering DeIcers for Premier Engineering out of Marinette.
He started Coyote Campground with his son and wife and was a member of the American Legion Post 43 and VFW Post 1887. He lived life to the fullest, always looking for the next adventure and made many friends throughout the country, but mostly, loved his wife, children and grand and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Sandra; a son, Mark (Mae) Zimmerman and daughters, Marti (Maria Liska) Zimmerman and Marcia (Louis) Mitchell; seven grandchildren; a great-grandson; a sister, Joyce (Bob) Puza; a brother, Gerry (Nancy) Zimmerman and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Marvin Zimmerman; a granddaughter, Taira Zimmerman and six siblings, Ray, Eva, Bob, Beatrice, Shirley and Edna.
Per his wishes, a graveside service for family and friends will be held at Nadeau Township Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home of Stephenson is assisting the family.