Cletus J. "Jim" Zimmerman, 77

Cletus James "Jim" Zimmerman, 77, of Richvalley, died at 4:30 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at Autumn Ridge Healthcare Center in Wabash.  He was born June 4, 1937, in Marion, to Cletus Leroy and Bernice (Christner) Zimmerman.

Jim was a 1956 graduate of Converse High School.  He was a U.S. Army veteran.  He married Janice K. Walters on Aug. 1, 1970; she died July 4, 2006.  He worked at Ford Meter Box in Wabash for 36 1/2 years, retiring in 2000.  Jim was a member of the Wabash American Legion Post 15.  He enjoyed, camping, going to the gambling boats, watching NASCAR, was a car show enthusiast, riding motorcycles, and especially enjoyed his grandchildren, and going to their activities.

He is survived by his step-daughter, Sheryl (Stan) Wilson, and two grandchildren, Danyel Wilson and Chase Wilson, all of Peru; a sister, Beverly (Merrill) Tibbets of Converse; a niece, Debra (Dan) Dale of Wabash; a nephew, Michael (Luanne) Tibbets of Converse; his aunt, Mary Christner of Peru, and several cousins. 

He was also preceded in death by his parents, son, Brian Keith Zimmerman, and step-son, Brook George.

Funeral services will be 10:30 am Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Dave Troxell officiating.  Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 4-7 pm Friday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Alzheimer's Association.

The memorial guest book for Jim may be signed at


Posted on 2015 Feb 12