Isaiah ‘Bud’ Henry Zimmerman

1920 – 2009

FARMINGTON – Isaiah “Bud” Henry Zimmerman, 88, passed away at his home in Farmington, into the presence of God on Friday, Oct. 2.

“Bud” was born on Nov.7, 1920, in a farmhouse in Lower Paxton Township, Pa., to Eugene and Violet (Smeltzer) Zimmerman. He graduated from West Chester State Teacher’s College in West Chester, Pa., then served his country as a 1st. Lt., during World War II, training others at Fort Knox. On April 15, 1944, he married Marie (Kreider) and never missed, through 65 years of marriage, telling everyone that he had gotten “the prettiest girl in college.” He was the most devoted husband anyone could wish for. He was a quiet, gentle, honest and compassionate man and a wonderful, caring father. His family and friends will miss him greatly.

A hard worker, he was a man of great intelligence and enjoyed history, reading, traveling and Penn State football. He was a talented musician and played his trumpet on the Ted Mac Amateur Hour when a teen. He also composed several songs including a patriotic number “Our Country, It Is Free,” and a love song to his dear wife entitled “My Dream.” Though he had worked several years as a real estate agent and financial advisor, “Bud” was best known as the beloved band director at Scott High School, in Coatesville, Pa., which he had the privilege of taking to Florida in 1965, to participate in the Orange Bowl parade. His students loved him and affectionately called him “Mr. Z.”

He knew Jesus Christ as his personal Savior having been led to the Lord by his high school music teacher. He was very active in the Bible Presbyterian Church, in Coatesville, Twin Valley Bible Chapel in Morgantown, Faith Bible Church in Exton and as a member of Wagontown Union Chapel in Wagontown; all in Pennsylvania.

Bud is survived by his wife, Marie; his son, Robert Zimmerman, formerly of Coatesville, Pa., and now residing in Farmington; his daughter, Sandra Rebert and her husband, Brian; his three grandchildren, Elizabeth Phillips, Rebekah Rebert and Jonathan Rebert, all of Farmington; his nieces and nephews; as well as many other relatives in the Harrisburg, Pa., area.

Bud never failed to thank everyone who took care of him. We would like to do the same. There are too many names to be able to list everyone personally, but we owe much gratitude to all the family, friends, neighbors, doctors, nurses, CNAs and home health aides both in Pennsylvania and Maine who supported us, prayed for us and showed so much love and compassion. God bless you all!

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