Leo Vern Zimmerman

December 7, 1920September 25, 2020

Leo Vern Zimmerman, age 99, of Grand Rapids, Michigan went peacefully on Friday, September 25, 2020. Leo was born December 7, 1920 in Grand Rapids, MI.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Evelyn, and his four siblings; Don (Iva) Zimmerman, L.D. (Kathleen) Zimmerman, Max (Edna) Zimmerman, Ruth (Ray) Hyatt.

Leo is survived by his adored daughter Janice (Dale) DeVries, his sister in law Betty Crowley, Leo's nephews; Ron (Kathy) Zimmerman, Rich (Donna) Zimmerman, Ray D. Zimmerman, his honorary nephew Mike (Julie) Lucas, their children Olivia and Noah, family Mike (Shelley) Crowley, Christine (Mark) Huizinga and Don (Renell) Crowley.

Leo proudly served in the United States Army as an auto mechanic, he was a brilliant one. People would often ask "Can you fix this Leo?", and it was he that could. He would work on antique cars regularly and he loved every bit of it. Together, Leo and his siblings owned Zimmerman's garage in Grand Rapids for years. He would even continue to work on cars when him and Evelyn would spend their winters in Florida for many years, later in their lives. Leo built the home he would live in for 75 years in Grand Rapids. He truly loved his daughter. He was a gregarious man that would enjoy discussion with just a rock, he was friendly and loved talking with anyone. He will be greatly missed by many.

Contributions in Leo's memory may be made to St. Judes Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105 US,; and Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505 US,

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Ronald Linkfield

October 11, 2020

Dear Janice

My memories go way back. But most recent was a few years ago when my wife Linda and I saw you and your father at Russ's restaurant.
My wife and I send our deepest sympathies.

Billy and Kelley Shanley

September 29, 2020

Billy and I spend many a warm Florida evening talking with Leo on his carport. Never have we met a more fascinating, kind and personable man. He will surely be missed by us. After he moved back to Grand Rapids we kept up with him through phone calls and cards. He was always happy to hear from friend. Prayers to his family.


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