Floyd R. Zimmerman, 89, completed his earthly journey and went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at his home in Lewistown Valley. Born in Hamburg, PA on May 5, 1929, he was a son of the late Walter R. and Emma (nee Leiby) Zimmerman. His family moved to Lewistown Valley in 1932 and when his father purchased the Leiby’s Dairy in 1942, Floyd worked for him until 1956. In 1956, he and his brothers, Ken and Ron, purchased the Dairy and he served as the President of Leiby’s Dairy, Inc. until it was sold to nephews in 1992. In 1965, Floyd, Ken, and Ron, built Leiby’s Restaurant which Floyd managed until it was sold in 1991. He also delivered milk products in the Tamaqua area for 28 years. A 1946 graduate of Tamaqua High School, Floyd married the late Arlene Wertman in 1951 and they had a son, Lynn and a daughter, Peggy. In September of 1999, he and his present wife Peggy Edling married. Floyd had been a life member of Zion Church, Lewistown Valley where he served as Deacon, Elder, and Consistory President and had also been a member of the Schuylkill East Gideons for over 20 years serving in numerous offices for them. He was a past Nobel Grand of Harmony Lodge #86; a 50-year member of Masonic Lodge #238; and a 50-year member of the Tamaqua Rotary Club for which he served as president twice. Floyd had served on the Tamaqua 2004 Committee, on the advisory board of First Union Bank, as a past director of both the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce and TIDE, and as the Tamaqua chairman for the 2000 United Way Campaign. He served as the co-chairman for the Tamaqua Salvation Army building fund campaign and on the building planning committee of the Salvation Army Community Center. Floyd was currently serving on the Salvation Army Advisory Board and as chairman of the Salvation Army Bequest and Endowment Committee. Over the years, he had received numerous awards including the ACS Excalibur Award in 1997, the Tamaqua Citizen of the Year award in 1998, and the American Cancer Society Volunteer of the Year in 2005. His hobbies included woodworking, fishing, and hunting and he had been a successful big game hunter in Colorado, Montana, Idaho, British Columbia, Quebec, and Manitoba as well as in Pennsylvania. In addition to his wife, Peggy, Floyd is survived by his son, Lynn Zimmerman and his wife Nancy of Lewistown Valley; daughter, Peggy Strack and her husband Richard of East Stroudsburg, PA; stepdaughter, Karen Bensinger and her husband Larry, Jr. of Lewistown Valley; grandchildren, Rebecca Zimmerman, Matthew Zimmerman and his wife Tina, Geoffrey Strack and his wife Gatona, and Jonathan Strack; step grandchildren, Corey Ridgick and his wife Erica, Emmeline Bensinger, and Nelson Bensinger; great grandchildren, Carlos, Lara, Brinley, and Cody; and brothers, Robert Zimmerman and his wife Barbara of Pineville, NC and Ronald Zimmerman and his wife Peggy of Lewistown Valley. He was predeceased by a brother, Kenneth and a stepson, Kris Altemose. Services will be held at 11 AM on Friday, July 13 in Zion Church, Valley Road, Lewistown Valley with Pastor Jim Williams officiating. Interment in Zion Cemetery will follow the services. Call 6-8 PM on Thursday, July 12 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua and at Zion Church on Friday, July 13 from 9-11AM. Memorials in Floyd’s name may be made to The Gideons International, Box 188, Tamaqua, PA 18252 or Zion Church Lewistown Valley, 489 Valley Road, Tamaqua, PA 18252, or The Salvation Army, 105 West Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. Online condolences may be made at www.zgfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.
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