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James C. "Jim" Zimmer

January 8, 1928 ~ May 15, 2020 (age 92)

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James C. Zimmer, age 92 of Defiance, peacefully passed away on Friday morning, May 15, 2020 at CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.   
He was born on January 8, 1928 to John and Ellen (Hazeman) Zimmer in Napoleon, Ohio. On June 6, 1953 he married Marilyn (Grove) Zimmer, who preceded him in death on February 3, 2013. 

Jim was a member of St. John Catholic Church. He worked at John Manville for over 38 years until his retirement in 1990. He enjoyed tinkering on cars and woodworking.  Jim always loved spending time with his family.
Jim is survived by his two daughters, Kathy (Tim) Jewell of Defiance, and Diane ZImmer of Verona, NJ. He also leaves behind one granddaughter, Stacey Miller  and three great-granddaughters, Morgan and Alexis Myers, and LaTricia Rangel all of Wauseon.  Also his four legged two best girls Maggie and Elsie and seven grand puppies and a grand cat.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by four brothers; Floyd, Cletus, Robert, John, and Don ZImmer.
Due to the recent pandemic restrictions, a private visitation will be held for immediate family only at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance.  Burial will follow the service at Riverview Memory Gardens.  A public memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date.  
Memorials are suggested to Ft. Defiance Humane Society. Online condolences can be given at

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