Bruce Victor Zillmer

February 17, 1950March 26, 2021

Bruce Victor Zillmer, 71, of Centralia, WA, passed away on March 26, 2021 at his home.

Bruce was born in St. Croix, WI to Victor and Lorraine Zillmer on Feb. 17, 1950. He attended Kent Meridian High School in Kent, WA and graduated in 1968. He worked as a Tech Designer/Draftsman at Boeing for 20 years. Bruce is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Castle Air Force Base in CA where he served as a Weapons Mechanic and was honorably discharged in May of 1972. Bruce married his beloved wife, Debra Batinovich on July 2, 1981 and they lived in Federal Way, WA before retiring to Hoodsport, WA. Bruce and Debby enjoyed the Lake Cushman golf community they lived in and the many friends they made along the way. They moved to Centralia about 10 years ago. Bruce delighted in owning, driving, and participating in local car shows with his classic cars. He was an avid football fan and enjoyed his weekly lunch gatherings with friends.

Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Lorraine Zillmer, brother, Gail Zillmer, sister, Vicki Kady, and brother Lynn Zillmer.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Debra (Batinovich) Zillmer of Centralia, WA, Daughter Jana (Michael) Weaver, granddaughters Morgan Weaver and Isabella Weaver, brother Mark (Terri) Zillmer and nieces Alicia (Zillmer) Duman and Amanda Zillmer.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to caregivers Nicole Mathus, Jessica Frye and Darcey Brown as well as Assured Hospice of Centralia.


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David Waight

April 11, 2021

Sincere sympathy to Debbie, family and friends of Bruce. A fellow car lover who we shared some long lunches, after lunch drinks and tall tales with. Also the keeper of our local buys until the Penske road trip to LA could be planned. A favourite stop for all the Aussies who visited Centralia.
We will miss him at lunch, and Chariots Club meets when in USA.
Hoo roo mate, from the Aussies.

Jessica Frye

April 3, 2021

It was such a huge honor and pleasure to meet Bruce and his amazing wife Debbie. I still have the great honor to be Debbie's caregiver among 2 other caregivers. My heart goes out to all Bruce's friends and family. God speed Sir.

Rhonda Scott

April 1, 2021

My favorite most fun memory is when him and Debbie took myself and my husband at the time Lynn Zillmer out boating on lake Washington. We had a great time all day. Until in typical Zillmer boys fashion Bruce talked me into getting on the tube. Oh boy he took me for one hell of a tube ride. Of course I flew off the tube. Lol. It was a great day though. I will never forget it. And the numerous times they had us over for dinner parties at their home in Federal Way. Boy could he barbque and Debbie would have the most amazing side dishes. Good times that I will never for forget. RIP Bruce Zillmer.

Stan Laatsch

March 30, 2021

Even though our lives drifted apart, my memories of the years together are of fun and laughter. Bruce was “The Commissioner” during our many years of fantasy football and that is a time of great memories. Along with times in Federal Way and the many years at Hoodsport...........R.I.P. my friend, I am grateful our paths crossed during our journey!❤️❤️❤️

Stan & Stella