Baker City, Oregon
Charles “Everett” Zimmerman, 90, of Baker City, died Oct. 18, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Ted Davis of The Faith Center at La Grande and Pastor Aaron Oglesbee of the Agape Christian Center at Baker City will officiate. Charlene Whitmore of Blue Mountain Foursquare Church will assist.
Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the First Church of the Nazarene Fellowship Hall, 1250 Hughes Lane.
Mr. Zimmerman was born on Jan. 16, 1912, at Baker City to Robert Oscar Zimmerman and Frances Alene Truscott Zimmerman. He was educated in Baker City.
He married Sylva Michael on Oct. 22, 1941, at Virginia City, Nev. His funeral will be on the day of their 61st wedding anniversary.
Early in his life, Mr. Zimmerman followed heavy construction, which he dearly loved. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps special services during World War II. He was a staff sergeant and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal.
Upon return from the military, he pursued a career with Safeway Stores Inc., starting at Coos Bay. Later he was promoted to manager at Hermiston and then at Baker City where he served until retirement.
After retirement, he and his wife lived on the family ranch and raised registered Angus cattle. After the sale of the family ranch, he involved himself with church activities. He also served on the Baker School District Budget Board and for 10 years on the Senior Center Advisory Board. He was chairman of Senior Council for two years.
While ranching, he rode horses and worked cattle with great pleasure. He was a cowboy at heart. Also an avid sportsman, he rarely missed the opening day of deer and elk season.
He loved the outdoors and was proud of his raspberry plants produced from his garden. He enjoyed sharing them with friends and neighbors.
He was a born-again Christian and is now home with the Lord, his family said. His greatest desire was to have all those he knew and loved to know Jesus.
Survivors include his wife, Sylva; his son, Charles of Phoenix; daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Michael Canifax of Portland; three grandsons and their wives, Michael and Tiffany Canifax, Mark and Melanie Canifax of Portland and Matthew and Cheri Zimmerman of Atlanta; great-grandchildren, Kyle, McKenzie, Jake, Mikayla, Madison and Rylie Canifax; a sister-in-law and her husband, Frances and Len Oldland; a nephew and his wife, Jim and Susan Oldland; and cousins, Edith Morin, Glenabell and Bink Lewis, Marjorie Williams, Paul Spence and Truscott Irby.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the church or charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 25, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor