Gary L. Zimmerman Sr., 65

NOV. 7, 1946-MARCH 8, 2012

March 09, 2012
  • Zimmerman

Gary L. Zimmerman Sr., 65, of Boonsboro, Md., was birthed into heaven at his home on Thursday, March 8, 2012, while surrounded by his loving family.

Born Nov. 7, 1946 in Dargan, Md., he was the son of the late John Will and Fannie Mae (Ebersole) Zimmerman.

Gary was a graduate of Boonsboro High School and served in the U.S. Army for six years, from 1965 until 1971.

He retired from Mack Trucks after 31 years of service, and was a member of the United Auto Workers Local 171.

Gary was a member of Chestnut Grove Bible Church.

He was very active in youth sports, having been one of six people to help start the Boonsboro Area Athletic Association.

Gary enjoyed hunting with his brother, Dick, his son, Gary, and his nephews at their cabin, and also enjoyed crabbing with his brother, Buck, as well as racing. He will be fondly remembered for his love of woodworking and carpentry.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Donna L. Zimmerman; two sons and daughters-in-love, Gary L. Zimmerman Jr. and Erica R. French of Boonsboro, and Corey L. and Valerie Zimmerman of Smithsburg, Md.; two sisters, Bonnie L. Eichelberger and husband, Gary, of Sharpsburg, Md., and Betty J. Crampton of Hagerstown, Md.; two brothers, Harold R. Gay and wife, Inez, of Dargan, and Donnie L. Zimmerman and wife, Nina, of Hagerstown; one brother-in-law, Gary W. Smith and wife, Carolyn, of Brunswick, Md.; and five grandchildren, Jessica, Jordan, Zackery, Sarah, and his sugarplum, Alexis Zimmerman. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Armantha “Mae” Jones and Ruth L. Cavender; and three brothers, William L. Gay, Maurice R. Gay, and John T. Zimmerman.

A funeral ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 12, 2012 at Chestnut Grove Bible Church, 3636 Chestnut Grove Road, Keedysville, Md. Pastor Dan Hanshew will officiate. Final resting place ceremonies will follow at Samples Manor Cemetery near Sharpsburg.

Friends may visit beginning at noon Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro, where the family will be present to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742, or to Chestnut Grove Bible Church, P.O. Box 455, Keedysville, MD 21756.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at

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