John L. Zimmerman

27 janvier 193411 janvier 2021

John L. Zimmerman, 86 passed away on January 11, 2021 after a long battle with dementia. He was born in Louisville, KY on January 27, 1934 to the late John Lithgow and Aline Dorsey Zimmerman. Left to cherish a lifetime of wonderful memories are his wife, the former Patricia Nicolas, who was his high school sweetheart, or as he fondly called her for the 64 years of their marriage, “his bride”. Four children, Denise Poukish (Roy), Diane McCune (Bill), John Zimmerman, Patrick Zimmerman (Andrea). Nine grandchildren, Joshua Ware(Stephanie), Matthew Ware (Tamara), Seth Ware, Tyler McCune (Cindy), Lindsey Meiser (Zachary), John Emery, Melissa Emery, Lilli Zimmerman and Clay Zimmerman. Seven great-grandchildren. His sister, Dorsey Ford, brother in law Kenneth Nicolas (Kerry) and his nieces, nephews and his fur-baby Penny. John was a retired Executive Salesman at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company where he was appointed to the Sales Hall of Fame. He was a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and was a former Grand Knight of the Assumption Counsel. He was a member and President of the Goose Creek Optimist Club and served as Lt. Governor of the Kentucky District for Optimist International. He was a long time member of the former Mother of Good Counsel Parish, now St. Bernadette and served on the Parish Council. He was a proud Veteran of the Army. After retirement he volunteered at SCORE for ten years. John devoted his life to serving others and providing for his family. Anyone that met John knew him to be gracious, kind and full of life. He would light up a room with laughter and had a larger than life personality. He never met a stranger. His philosophy in life was “It can be done” and the “glass is half full”. He loved spending time with his children and bride, enjoying family parties and seeing others having fun. He had many friends that preceded him and for those that are left behind he said if you had any questions send him a “text message” to Heaven. Guests are invited to attend a visitation and funeral service. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 17, 2021, from 12-3 pm at Arch L. Heady & Son at Westport Village, 7410 Westport Rd. with a 3 pm service to follow in the funeral home chapel. Entombment will be held privately at Resthaven Memorial Park Mausoleum. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Crusade for Children at https://www.whascrusade.org To leave sign the digital guest book or leave an online condolence message, please visit us www.archlheadywestport.com

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John L. Zimmerman


Brian Werner

21 janvier , 2021

Dear Zimmerman Family, my condolences on the passing of Mr. John Zimmerman. Mr. Zimmerman was "Coach Zimmerman" to me for many years playing MGC basketball with Patrick. Mr. Zimmerman's special type of encouragement (yelling at you while making you laugh) made basketball a great experience. We all appreciate his efforts now even more, as we coach our own kids. May God bless you Mr. Zimmerman.

Tom Michael

18 janvier , 2021

John's personality was a force of nature and he succeeded in his ability through his jovial personality . He could convince most anyone to adopt his position, in fact I owe my career as a sales rep to his persuasive powers. I am proud to have called John a friend and extend my heartfelt prayers to Patty and the rest of his family. His loss creates a hole in our world, but his memories will keep us restored.


16 janvier , 2021

Patty & Family,
We so much enjoyed being with John at the Liberty Mutual retired employees monthly luncheon. John's spirit will live on with all who knew him. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
Jerry and Pat Taylor

Billy & Rita Smith

15 janvier , 2021

John was such a kind & caring neighbor & friend. Praying for Pat & all of the family. He will be greatly missed by many.

Jennifer Sils

15 janvier , 2021

We are truly sorry to hear of John's passing. He was larger than life, so funny and kind. Our parents, Ted and Norma Sils, adored John and Pat. I am sure John and Dad are already cracking each other up in heaven. Condolences to you all.

Ron Fleitz

14 janvier , 2021

Our family wishes to express our condolences to your family. We were sorry to hear of John's passing. He will be missed, His easy smile and gentle manor made all feel at ease. Both Shirley and I were fortunate to have know him as a friend. He also left a lasting impression on our sons when they were in Scouts with Patrick at MGC.

Jim & Evie Whitworth

14 janvier , 2021

Pat, I will never forget meeting John for the first time in front of your home in the Sanctuary. I was President of the HOA at the time and you had just moved in. Seems we both knew a great friend of mine Bob Strong. We shared some great stories (he was a great story teller) that day. Evie and I will miss his sweet smile and warm hello! Love you. Till we meet again!

Mary (cissy) Raibert

14 janvier , 2021

Joe and I loved being your neighbor for over 20 years. We especially enjoyed all our cruises together and our trip to California when we took the limo tour to Hollywood.
Our condolences and prayers to Patti and children.

Joe and Cissy Raibert

Russ Kay

14 janvier , 2021

I was a young green new sales representative with liberty mutual but John a veteran sales person always had time for my stupid questions. Bless John for his kind patients with all of us newbies.


14 janvier , 2021

Patty and family,

No doubt it was in God's plan when we crossed paths in 1985. Nancy and I cherish our long time friendship. John's love for his family was never a secret. We will miss him, but trilled he, once again, is able to remember all the good times we had visiting and traveling. I will especially miss our weekly telephone calls, his stock market tips, best prices on latest electronic gadgets and toilet paper! John was a great friend and great American. Sorry we can not be there for his funeral, but will plan to see you when the virus permits.

Love you,

Harold & Nancy