Thompson Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home
Nappanee, IN 46550-1002
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Dr. James C. Zimmerman D.D.C.

May 8, 1919 - May 22, 2013

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Dr. James C. Zimmerman, D.D.C., age 94, of Nappanee, died Wed. May 22, 2013 at 12:10 a.m. at Millerís Merry Manor in Wakarusa where he had been ill since Christmas of 2012.

He was born May 8, 1919 in Ft. Wayne to Harry and Helen (Weaver) Zimmerman, and was a lifetime area resident. He graduated in 1943 from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and had a dental practice in Nappanee from 1946-1990. He had also taken post-graduate courses at Tulane University and the University of Kentucky. He was a Captain in the US Army during World War II serving as a Dentist with the Combat Engineers. He served in 5 European campaigns including the D-Day Invasion, Liberation of Paris, and the Battle of the Bulge. James was a former member of the Nappanee Library Board of Directors, and served many years with the Nappanee BZA. He was also a former member of the Nappanee Park Board. He was a member of the Grace Point Presbyterian Church, the Nappanee American Legion Post #154, the Indiana Dental Society, a former member of the Nappanee Masonic Lodge, and the South Bend Scottish Rite.

James married Dorothy L. Ritter on June 10, 1951 in Savannah, Missouri. She survives along with son Bruce (Wendy) Zimmerman of Hagerstown, Maryland; daughter Jean M. (Henry) Barger of Fort Worth, Texas; granddaughters Jennifer Richburg, Stephanie Harbich, and Katie and Beth Zimmerman; 2 great-grandchildren; and brother Richard Zimmerman of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Visitation will be on Friday, May 24, from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and an hour prior to the funeral service which will be on Saturday, May 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Point Presbyterian Church. Rev. Terry Tyler will officiate. Burial will follow at Leesburg Cemetery with military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be given to Grace Point Presbyterian Church or to the Nappanee Public Library.