Robert O'Neal Zimbelman

April 30, 1969December 1, 2018
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Robert “Rob” O’Neal Zimbelman, of Plano, Texas, passed away on December 1, 2018. He was born on April 30, 1969, in Marshalltown, Iowa to Robert and Loretta (Halsted) Zimbelman. In 1978, Rob’s father was transferred to Texas with Lenox Corporation and the family relocated to the Plano area. Rob graduated from Plano East Senior High School in 1987 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business from North Texas State University in 1992. After graduation, Rob was employed by Yellow Pages before following in his father’s footsteps in the advertising division of Lenox Corporation in 1996 where he rose to the position of Director of eBusiness and Advertising and received the Lenox Pacesetter Award three times in five years.

In 1994, he married his college sweetheart, Carrie Palmer. Their beautiful daughter Shelby Elizabeth was born in 1997. Rob was a proud father who shared his love of music with Shelby, especially anything by his music idol, Paul McCartney, and encouraged her as she achieved in school and competitive volleyball. Vacations to the Bahamas were a highlight with his little family. He took great pride in their lovely home and his garden with his abundant tomato plants and peach trees. The marriage ended, and in 2016, Rob married Shannon Kearns.

Rob worshipped his dad and loved to run errands with him as a child in their little yellow pick up. Together, they restored his prized possession, a 1968 Cutlass. He had a close bond with his adoring mother and in the recent past, brought her flowers every week. “Robbie” was always eager to play with his big sister and confidante, Lori, and his Iowa cousins. The extended family remembers a little towheaded boy with glasses and a distinctive husky voice who asked a million questions with genuine curiosity and an endearing innocence.

Rob’s friends have characterized him as a person who amazed them with his mind, a loyal friend with whom they could talk for hours into the night or cheer loudly at live McCartney concerts; they could enjoy quiet hours of fishing together or deafening nights at Cowboys’ and Mavericks’ games. Rob was a loving, compassionate son and father who shared his favorite things in life with his only child; he was a brother who cherished the lessons, laughs and memories shared with his siblings.

Rob was predeceased by his father, Robert Zimbelman, and is survived by his daughter Shelby; mother Loretta Zimbelman; brother, Richard Zimbelman ( Susie); sisters Carroll McInroy (Dan) and Lori Chapman (Mike); nieces Katie Chapman, Emily Brandmayr and Sam Paxton; nephews Ian McInroy, and Travis and Brandon Paxton; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and faithful friends.

Services will be held at Ted Dickey Funeral Home, Plano, Texas, Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., preceded by a visitation at 1:00 p.m.


  • Visitation Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, December 8, 2018

Robert O'Neal Zimbelman

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Danielle Parmley

December 8, 2018

Rob was my best friend and my rock for so many years. I’ll miss hearing him singing to me The Beatles and Johnny Cash songs any chance he could. Until we meet again...I love you always....

Jim Ticknor

December 6, 2018

I met Rob when we became neighbors in Parker, TX back in late 2001. It took a few years for us to become close, but we soon got to know each other and shared many great memories. Rob and I both loved to work in our yards and we would see each other often and wave as we worked to make our yards look better than anyone else’s in the neighborhood. Rob liked to share his fertilizer secrets and his gardening tips. We traveled to Las Vegas a few times and I have great memories of just hanging out with Rob and talking about life in general…and we could talk for hours and hours. I also had the pleasure of going with Rob to see the Beatles Love show at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas…it was the first time he had seen and heard this show. As many have noted, Rob was an avid Beatles and Paul McCartney fan…and the emotions he experienced during the Beatles Love show was something I will never forget. I also had the pleasure of going to see Paul McCartney twice with Rob…once in Dallas and once in St. Louis. Again, memories of Rob that I will cherish forever. Rob was my friend…and has always been and will always be a special part of me and in my heart. To his family…I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless you Rob…my special friend for many years.

Don Barker

December 4, 2018

To the Zimbelman family: I'm saddened to hear of Rob's passing. We were childhood friends in Marshalltown and attended Glick in the 3rd grade. He was my best friend at school. My best memory is playing marbles on the playground before school, during recess and any chance we could. Thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time. -Don


Rob and Shelby


Shelby and Dad