Robert King Zimmerman, Jr. of Dupo, IL, age 66, died Sept. 27, 2017.
Beloved son of the late Dr. Robert K. and Thelma L. (Sutter)
Zimmerman, dear father of Jennifer M. (Denis) Zimmerman Gonzalez
of Strassbourg, France and Brittany A. Zimmerman Gonzalez of
Blaustein, Germany, former husband of Carmen L. (Mindy) Gonzalez
Muniz (Jochen Meier) of Blaustein, Germany and Natalia Nikolova, of
Ontario, Canada and beloved brother of Camilla K. Zimmerman.
Bob learned all about electricity from his hero, his beloved Grandpa
Sutter, as a boy. Also, at an early age, he became fascinated with
radios, becoming a Ham Radio Operator (also using Morse Code) in
his teens. These interests, plus a love for math and science, carried
on throughout his life. After graduating from Dupo High School, he
went on to earn a BS and MS in Physics from SIU-E and a double MS
in Electrical Engineering from the U of I – Urbana Champaign. His
working career, starting with the Watkins-Johnson Company of Palo
Alto, CA, went on to include working for the Arecibo Observatory
(twice) in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, the Voice of America and NASA
After retiring, he moved to Fayetteville, AR, and devoted his whole life
to developing a novel idea which his research had led him to believe
in. It did not come into fruition in his lifetime…but this is one of the
ways in which he will be remembered. He had health challenges with
Type I Diabetes, Tourette’s Syndrome and with other concerns as well,
but his love for life, along with the help of special friends, who served
as angels at times, helped to carry him through.
His family would like to extend a special thanks to Bob’s ham radio
friends for their loyal and loving support and to his landlord and
landlady in Fayetteville, AR, who went far beyond the call of duty to
help us. One of Bob’s final statements was that “all that really
mattered in life was family.” That family and his many dear friends are
now missing him, but we know that he is at peace with the Lord.
Services: A Memorial Service will be held in his honor at the First
Congregational United Church of Christ, Dupo (425 Louisa Ave.)
November 10 at 2 p.m. The family is asking, in lieu of flowers, for
memorials to be given to either The Sierra Club, of which Bob had
been a lifetime member, or to the family to channel into the Puerto
Rico Relief Fund, to help Puerto Rico, the land that Bob had come to
love and where he will have his final resting place, in their recovery
efforts after Hurricane Maria.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 29,