Ronald E. Zimmerman, 82, of 2682 Pennington Road, Tyrone, died Sunday at Altoona Regional from complications after an auto accident near his home.
He was born in Turtle Creek, son of the late Robert H. and Velda K. (Miller) Zimmerman. He married Barbara Kiser on Oct. 22, 1958, in Tyrone, and she died Aug. 3, 2000.
Surviving are a son, Ronald W. (Joey) of Tyrone; two daughters: Deborah L. Steele (Robert) of Huntingdon and Melissa A. Thomas (Paul) of Pleasant Gap; six grandchildren: William J. Zimmerman, Suzanne N. Zimmerman, Timothy Waite, Michael Waite, Dylan McClellan and Sadie E. Thomas; six great-grandchildren; a niece, Karen Zimmerman; and a nephew, Karl Zimmerman.
He was preceded in death by two brothers: William and Lemoine.
Ronald was a 1949 graduate of Tyrone High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict aboard the USS Bristol. He retired as a machine operator from the Chicago Rivet Co., Tyrone, after 37 years of service, and he was a member of the First English Lutheran Church, Tyrone.
Ronald was a proud member of the Blazing Arrow Hook and Ladder "Hookies" Fire Company, where he served as an emergency medical technician with AMED.
He always loved his years in baseball and coached for Little League teams. He was a longtime member of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge 212, and enjoyed his duties as esquire. He had been a Boy Scout leader for Troop 104 in Warriors Mark and traveled daily to visit members of VFW Post 4559, American Legion Post 281, Elks Lodge 212 and Moose Lodge 223 in Huntingdon. Among his favorite pastimes, he enjoyed the Sports-Vue Hunting Camp and the "Old Timers" Pool League at the Elks.
Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 2012, at Derman Funeral Home Inc., Tyrone, where an Elks memorial service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Friends will also be received from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Friday, July 6, 2012, at First English Lutheran Church, Tyrone, the Revs. Susan H. Yatta and T.M. Talbot-Moses officiating. Interment will follow at Burket Cemetery, Warriors Mark, with military honors by the Tyrone Veterans Honor Guard.