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In Loving Memory

William “Bill” Clifford Zimmerman

William “Bill” Clifford Zimmerman, 87, passed from this life on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis, MO.  He was born in Kansas City, MO on April 21, 1936 to Clarence and Mildred Zimmerman.  He is survived by his beloved wife Beverly Ann (Laidley) Zimmerman of almost 65 years, loving daughters Kara (Joe) Sabo, Anne (Tom) Aubuchon, and Jill (Steve) Skaggs and cherished grandchildren Matt Sabo, Bryan Sabo, Jessica (Clay) Leddin, Abby Aubuchon, Katie Aubuchon, Jake Skaggs, and Chase Skaggs.  He is also survived by a brother Joe Zimmerman and nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jerry Zimmerman, niece Alynne Zimmerman, and nephew Scott Carrel.

Bill grew up on a dairy farm in Cameron, Missouri and graduated from Cameron High School in 1954.  He had an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Education from Central College in Fayette, MO and graduate degrees from University of Missouri Columbia and Rolla S&T. In 1958 he signed up for the Army in which he served for 6 years in the Reserves. Bill and Bev were married May 30, 1959 in St Louis. They both began their teaching careers in Fayette, MO.  Bill also began his coaching career in football and track.  In 1965 they moved to St. Louis where he taught Chemistry and Advanced Chemistry and coached at Mehlville Senior High School for 34 years. He was Mehlville’s Teacher of the Year in 1991. 

Bill was an active member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.  He taught Sunday School, led the youth group, and was a member of many committees over the years.

Bill loved working with young people and influenced many lives.  He enjoyed running weekend races and marathons.  After retiring Bill and Bev were blessed to be able to spend time with grandchildren and travel.  Colorado was one of his favorite places to visit.

In lieu of flowers donations to the Parkinson’s Foundation, St. Luke’s UMC, or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Services: Visitation at KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY CHAPEL 5255 Lemay Ferry Rd on Tuesday,  March 5, 4-8 p.m. then  Wed March 6,  at St Lukes Methodist Church from 10 a.m. until time of service 11 a.m. Burial St Paul’s Churchyard.


4 thoughts on “William “Bill” Clifford Zimmerman”

  1. Bev & family .. please accept my sympathy,,
    I know Bev & Bill from many years ago at Central College, Bill has always been a leader & contributor , & yes “” The World’s a better place, because he was in it !
    Sincerest Sympathy .

  2. Dear Beverly and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. Please accept my sympathy.
    Sincerely, Marilyn Spivey

  3. Coach Z was my track and cross country coach from 1984-1987. He was also my chemistry teacher. I have fond memories of him and have often thought of him over the years. He definitely made a positive impact on my life and I thank him for that. My condolences to your family.

  4. Bev, just heard that Bill had passed away. You know that Bob and I were always interested in you all, especially because of Bill‘s background in Northwest Missouri. Of course we loved watching your kids grow up also and remember fondly the canoe trips.

    Take care of yourself, and perhaps our paths will cross again. my sympathy to you all

    Dixie Rogers.
    St. Petersburg Fl


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