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In Memory of

Charles Iris Zimmerman

February 5, 1932 - August 2, 2017

Obituary


Charles Thomas Zimmerman, age 85, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Tumwater, on 8/2/17. He was born on February 5, 1932 in Fon du Lac, Wisconsin to Charles and Catherine (Nolan) Zimmerman.

On March 7, 1952, Chuck married the love of his life Iris (Zimmerman) and raised three children. He was a very loving and proud husband, dad, and grandpa. He took great interest in raising his children and spending special time with grandchildren and great grandchildren. Although he worked long hours six days a week as a small...

Charles Thomas Zimmerman, age 85, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Tumwater, on 8/2/17. He was born on February 5, 1932 in Fon du Lac, Wisconsin to Charles and Catherine (Nolan) Zimmerman.

On March 7, 1952, Chuck married the love of his life Iris (Zimmerman) and raised three children. He was a very loving and proud husband, dad, and grandpa. He took great interest in raising his children and spending special time with grandchildren and great grandchildren. Although he worked long hours six days a week as a small business owner, he made time for his family to go on Sunday drives, race speedboats, ride motorcycles, water ski, camp, and picnic. He also enjoyed his extended family through reunions, holidays, BBQ's, and sporting events.

At age 16, Chuck joined the US Army and fought in the Korean War earning the Distinguished Service Cross and Bronze Star for heroism in battle and a Purple Heart Medal for wounds he sustained. Later on, he founded and owned Capital City Automotive in 1980. The auto repair company is still in existence and now owned/operated by his son Rod. During Chuck's career, he was loved and respected by his customers, employees and other members of the community. He was a tenacious trader with other businesses and gave most of the family, and many other local youths, their first job opportunity to earn a paycheck.

For fun, Chuck earned a pilot's license and owned various planes through the years. He took the family on flights (some hair-raising) throughout the country and Canada to share his love of flying. Chuck actively pursued other passions including woodworking, restoring and showing old Thunderbirds, RVing, and skeet shooting. He also loved hearing and (even more so) telling a good joke. He had a wonderful sense of humor and we will remember him so much with love and laughter.

Chuck is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Iris; brothers Gene and Ken (Kathy), sons, Lee (Patti), Rod (Teresa), and daughter Charlene (Joe); grandchildren Dan, Hiedi, Bonni, Joe, Cody, Garrett, Michael and Tori; great grandchildren Haily, Tommy, Kimberly, Cade, Jace, Khilyn, Emsley, Ethan and Isaac, and many nieces and nephews. Chuck is also survived by his sweet little dog Bandi, who was his constant companion and who he loved with all of his heart.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Mills & Mills Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 5725 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater. A lunch celebration of Chuck's life will follow at the home of Rod and Teresa Zimmerman.



Arrangements under the direction of Mills & Mills Funeral Home and Memorial Park, Tumwater, WA.