MORTON — Harold W. “Fitz” Zimmerman, 87, of Morton, passed away at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.
He was born July 30, 1921, in Congerville to John and Emma (Belsley) Zimmerman, the third of nine children.
His family moved to his mother’s farm outside of Morton when Harold was sixmonths old.
He attended Phillips one room school, the same school his mother attended, and subsequently farmed the rest of his life on the family farm.
Harold married Alice Heiniger on March 24, 1957, in Morton, and she passed away on Aug. 13, 1977.
He later married Eleanor (Betzelberger) Zimmer of St. Louis, MO on Sept. 7, 1983. She survives along with her children, Mary Beth (Walter) Block of Vancouver, Canada, Robert (Sue) Zimmer of Denver, CO, and Lela Zimmer of St. Louis, MO. Also surviving are Harold and Alice’s fosterdaughter, Cara Oertle of East Peoria and her children, Tiffany Oertle and Aaron (Niki) Oertle and great grandchild, Aja.
Two brothers, James of Florida and Jack (Marge) of Morton and two sisters, Ruth Kaisner and Ella (Nelson) Stuber, both of Morton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.
Harold volunteered to assist in transporting horses, cattle and wheat to Greece as part of the post-war rehabilitation effort in 1945.
He loved to fish and was a member of Kennel Lake Sportsman’s Club. He was a founding member of Wilmor Sportsman’s Club in Morton and a member of the Tazewell County Farm Bureau.
Harold was a member of the Morton Apostolic Christian Church.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at his church with church ministers officiating.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home in Morton, and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at the church.
Burial will be in the Morton Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Apostolic Christian Restmor, 1500 Parkside Ave., Morton, IL 61550.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.knappjohnson.com.