George Herman Zimmerman

George Herman Zimmerman of Belton, Missouri (formally Kansas City) passed from this life to be with his Savior April 2, 2017. Services will be at Belton Community Center, Wallace Park. April 7, 2017 from 2-3p.m. The family will receive friends after the service.

In death as in life, he is a generous man, donating his body to science for the education of others.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Lou Zimmerman; and four daughters, Leslie Courington and husband Sammie of Brownwood, Texas, Shirley Harvey of Boulder City, Nevada, Marjorie Hagan and husband Paul of Warrensburg, Missouri, and Pamela Matzinger and husband Mike of Greene, Maine. He is also survived by grandchildren, Matt Harvey, Ben Harvey, Jacob Harvey, Mariah Harvey, Clinton Davolt, Jason Hagan, Salem Matzinger, and Gabrielle Matzinger. He has 4 great grandchildren. Many others called him Grandpa George. He is also survived by his sister, Stella Robinson and husband Cecil of Harrisonville, Missouri; and sister, Emma Welsh of Oakridge,Oregon; and many nieces and nephews.

George spent most of his life in the Kansas City area being born in Peculiar, Missouri, on September 25, 1932. He graduated from Grandview (MO) HS in 1951. He worked for Sears Tire Shop for 4 years. He got his greetings from the government in January 1952 serving his country during the Korean conflict. He met and married Betty Lou Welsh, June 25, 1955. He worked for American Alloys for 17 years. Big George worked for Union Pacific Railroad for 24 years until his retirement. Not having the opportunity to go to college himself, he encouraged all of his daughters to attend; each of them successfully attended and graduated with degrees. He had a strong work ethic and encouraged others with a helping hand when they were down on their luck.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Dolly Zimmerman; sister, Janie Zimmerman; sister, Mary Siegenthaler and his beloved aunt-in-law, Helen L. Welsh.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial gifts to the Heart Failure program fund at Saint Luke’s Foundation, 4225 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111 or Or Beautiful Savior Manor in care of Margaret Dobbs, 403 E.Cambridge Belton, MO 64012



  1. Wesley and Dena Peters & family on April 7, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. Love, The Peters family

  2. Patricia Jack on April 8, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Shirley and family
    My deepest condolences are with you during this time.

  3. April webb on April 8, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Shirley, Mariah, and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss. Love, April Webb

  4. Sherry and Tim on April 8, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Our hearts break as your does of the passing of George. He was like a dad and grandpa to us. The obituary was beautiful and I loved his smile on his picture. He was such a generous person always willing to lend a hand to others including us. He treated us like family. We enjoyed spending many holidays with him. We will miss his deep voice and laughter. I believe that George has gone before us to prepare a home for the day when we will be together again. We will miss you Big George. Rest in peace.

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