Gene W. Zimmerman of Woodstock passed away on Monday, April 27, 2020, at the Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital.
He was born in Florence, Ala., on Sept. 12, 1946, to Donald and Mona Jeanne (Dittman) Zimmerman. He married Nancy Schiller on May 6, 1972, in Woodstock.
Gene went to Woodstock Community High School, a graduate from the class of 1964. He went on to serve his country after graduation. With his father and a brother, he owned and operated Zimmerman Construction for many years.
His hobbies included fishing, biking and hiking. He made beautiful bird houses using natural materials, giving them to many friends and relatives. He took great pride in his yard at home planting many flowers that were enjoyed by all his neighbors. His favorite role was that of being “Papa” to his grandchildren. He was loved and will be missed.
He is survived by his wife of 48 wonderful years, Nancy Zimmerman; a daughter, Kelly (Ron) Vohs; three grandchildren, Abbey, Bradley and Matthew; a brother, Terry (Betty) Zimmerman; as well as many nieces and nephews. The family would also like to thank Jim and Mary Andreas for being the best neighbors anyone could have.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Gail; and a brother, Donnie.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
For information, contact the Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, 815- 338-1710, or visit slmcfh.com.