ZIMMERMAN – Russell Raymond, “Russ”, age 79. Died Suddenly at the VA Hospital on Monday, April, 26, 2021. The Son of James and Evelyn Ruth (Harris) Zimmerman was born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania on January 27, 1942. He attended public schools in Western Pennsylvania and graduated in 1961 from Hempfield Area High School in Westmoreland County, Pa.
Russell began his work career with the Sun Oil Company as a crewman on their Sun Ship Department transporting petroleum products from Texas to Marcus Hook, Pa.
This was interrupted when he was called to military service in February, 1964 for the Vietnam War. He served one tour of Duty in Vietnam at Cam Ranh Bay where he served on boats transporting materials from offshore supply ships to military base at Cam Ranh Bay. Russ was Honorably Discharged as a Private First Class in February, 1966.
He returned to Sun ship and continued working there until February, 1970.
In March, 1970 Russ was employed by RCA as a Marine Diesel Mechanic at the AUTEC facility on Andros, Bahamas. This was the beginning of Russ’ love for living in the Bahamas.
Prior to his retirement, Russ worked a number of jobs with the goal of returning to the Bahamas to live permanently. He made several trips to the Bahamas over the years including a single handed boat trip from Florida to the Bahamas.
Russ enjoyed gardening, planting and harvesting food which would lead to a healthy lifestyle. He also liked to tinker with unusual craft projects which he would share with his family and many friends. Russell is survived by his Daughter Evelyn Jeanne Johnson o f Titusville, his stepson Dr James Meredith and their Mother, Teresa Ann (Moehringer) Zimmerman of Titusville, two Brothers, David James of Michigan and Walter Gary of Virginia, and numerous Nieces and Nephews in Michigan and Virginia and Cousins in Pennsylvania, Florida and Massachusetts.
Russell was predeceased by his parents and his Grandparents, Evan and Carrie (Morgan) Harris and James Albert and Catherine (Krushinski) Zimmerman.
Russell Zimmerman is a direct descendent of the Zimmerman Family that came from Wurttemberg, Europe and settled in Western Pennsylvania in the late 18th century and the ancestors of those pioneers exist there to this day.
Funeral arrangements are being conducted by Baldwin Brothers Funeral and Cremation Society of Titusville, Florida. Notes of Condolence can be made on their Tribute Wall at www.baldwincremation.com.
Interment will be in the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. Internment Services are pending at this time.