4/9/1921 – 5/9/2012
Albert E. “A.E.” Zimbelman, age 91, of Ionia, went to be with his heavenly Father on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at Laurels of Carson City. He was born April 9, 1921 in St. Francis, Kansas, the son of Peter & Margaret (Crossiant) Zimbelman.
On September 20, 1945, Albert was married to the former Lucile R. Holzwarth in St. Francis, Kansas. She survives in addition to their children, Sheila & Steve McFarland of Ft. Wayne, Indiana and Rick & Kate Zimbelman of Stanton, plus four grandchildren, Sarah & Andy Middlestead, Jessica Zimbelman, Zach & Holly Zimbelman and Matthew & Bethany McFarland, two great grandchildren, Elijah and Abigail, one sister, Ruth Zimbelman of Boulder, Colorado and several nieces and nephews.
Formerly of Battle Creek, Mr. Zimbelman has been a resident of Ionia since 2008. He was a retired meat inspector from the United States Department of Agriculture and was also a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed greatly by all of his family as well as everyone who knew him.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 beginning at 11:00 A.M. at the Simpson Family Funeral Home, Sheridan, with Albert’s son-in-law, Steve McFarland officiating. Interment will be at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek.
Visitation with the family will be held at the funeral home on Friday, one hour prior to the service.
For those desiring to do so, the family has suggested memorial considerations can be made to the Chapel Hill Methodist Church in Battle Creek where the Zimbelman’s were members for many years.
On 5/9/2012 Michelle Damaska Miller said:
Rick, Kate, Sarah, Jessie and Zach- my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Sorry for your loss.
On 5/9/2012 Jim Whitmer said:
Rick, We are saddened by the death of your father. Please accept our condolences. Jim and Helen Whitmer
On 5/9/2012 Jim and Lauri Zimmerman said:
Rick so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
On 5/9/2012 Steve Strait said:
Rick, Kate, and Family–I have great memories of your Father and Grandfather as they attended the activities at the school. He was so proud of all of you. My thoughts and prayers will be with you. Steve Strait
On 5/9/2012 Bob and Heather Hemmingsen said:
Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.
On 5/10/2012 Laura Mosby said:
Rick and Kate,you are in my thoughts and prayers.
On 5/10/2012 Ed & Dianna said:
Sheila & Steve, You two and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We have a fairly good idea of what you are going through at this time. Thankfully we know where are loved ones now reside, and have assurance of seeing them again some glorious day.
On 5/10/2012 Kathy Allen said:
Sheila, You and your family are in my prayers. For many years your family was my second family and I have so many special memories of your Dad and Mom. Much love to you all. Kathy
On 5/10/2012 Lon and Julie McNally said:
Lucile, Sheila, Rick, and Family, You are all in our prayers. Al was a great neighbor and friend. We have many fond memories from our time spent as neighbors in B.C. He was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor. He always brought a smile to our faces! Our children called him “Uncle Al” and we are so thankful for the time our family spent living next to him and Lucile. God be with you all during this time of loss.
On 5/11/2012 Dawn (Ross) Gallup said:
I was very saddened to hear of the loss of our longtime neighbor across the street. He was a kind man who kept a beautiful yard! Thoughts and prayers to the entire family. I have many happy memories of Greenridge Road due to Al and Lucille being such wonderful neighbors.
On 5/11/2012 Rev. Dr. Jim and Shari Gysel said:
Shari and I have all of you in our prayers, especially Lucile. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all. Al is a very special man whom I will miss here on earth, but I know of his deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ, so heaven now looks better because he will be there and I will see him again and exchange some stories with the good man with a great smile. Blessings and love ~ Jim Gysel
On 5/14/2012 Amy Packer-Schreiner said:
Rick,Kate & Family, We are sorry for you loss. You are all in our thoughts & prayers. Blessings & Love ~ Michael & Amy
On 5/14/2012 Lewis and Pat Bartow said:
Lucille, We are so saddened to hear of Al’s death. We have fond memories of the years our kids lived behind you on Knollwood Dr in Battle Creek and the many visits we had at Chapel Hill. We hope you are doing better each day. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
On 6/11/2012 Brian and Lisa Buskirk said:
Rick and Kate so sorry for your loss. Your in our thoughts and prayers.