James D. Zimmermann , Sr.

  • Born: December 11, 1928
  • Died: July 16, 2020
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary North

2102 North Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX 78232

Tel. (210) 495-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

James Dennis Zimmermann, Sr., of San Antonio, Texas, passed away on July 16, 2020 at the age of 91. He was born on December 11, 1928 in San Antonio, the eighth of Edmund Zimmermann and Leonora Elizabeth Rihn's eleven children.

Jimmie's accomplishments started early including having been a champion speller who won the City Spelling Bee and achieving Eagle Scout status. He was most proud of his working career to support and provide for his family. While still in grade school he worked after school and Saturdays at his uncles' grocery store, named Rihn and Zimmermann's, in San Antonio. During high school he helped support his family with paper routes after school where he distributed up to 500 papers from first his bicycle and then his Model T Ford Roadster. After high school graduation, he went to work for Southern Engine and Pump Company. Then, in 1948, he and Nile Wright, his brother-in-law, formed Peerless Equipment Company (PECO). Jimmie had a long and successful career at PECO forming strong bonds of friendship with farmers and ranchers throughout Texas and was always committed to his company employees.

Jimmie married the love of his life, Nina Marjorie Krueger on June 26, 1948 at St. Mary's Chapel, now called Our Lady of Grace. Together, they raised four children. He was immensely proud to be able to support them in their pursuit of college degrees, career paths and families of their own.

Jimmie is survived by his brother, Owen Zimmermann; sister, Vivian Duffin; four children, Jim Zimmermann, Jr. and wife, Janet, Susan Cannon and husband, Bruce, Sandy Wright and husband Gary, and David Zimmermann and wife, Dottie. He was also blessed with eight grandchildren: James Zimmermann III, Nicole Zimmermann, Bruce Cannon, Laura Cannon Collins, Katie Wright Woodham, Jennifer Wright, Vicky Zimmermann McKinney and Michael Zimmermann, as well as ten great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Nina; five brothers: Howard, Raymond, Leon, William, and Joseph, and three sisters: Irene, Myrtle, and Doris.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Alejandra Campa-Hester, who lovingly cared for him and Nina for many years and Adante Assisted Living.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to your favorite charity in his memory.

A private funeral service and interment will be held Friday, July 31, 2020 at 10:00am, to be attended by his children only due to COVID-19 safety concerns.

Previously recorded service can be viewed via this link:

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Jim, Susan, Sandy, David & families:
We pray God's strength & peace for you during this time of transition in Jesus' Name!!!
With our care & love, Wayne & Donna De Winne

Posted by Wayne & Donna De Winne - Friend   July 31, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of loss. I will have a Mass offered for Jimmie at St. Luke Catholic Church. May he rest in peace.
Ginny Shannon, First Cousin.

Posted by Virginia Shannon - San Antonio, TX - Family   July 31, 2020

I send my sincere sympathy to all the family on the loss of Jimmy. He will be deeply missed but will now join Nina, Family and Friend's. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Frances Neugebauer - San Antonio, TX - Family   July 29, 2020

He always kept us laughing , What a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Joy Slavin and family

Posted by Joy Slavin - San Antonio, TX - Friend   July 29, 2020

As an employee at Adante Assisted Living, I have the privilege to see and talk with residents daily. Mr. Zimmerman was a precious man. Seeing him each day brought a smile to my face. I truly miss his presence. May your memories of this fine gentleman bring you peace. Mindy Eisen

Posted by Mindy Eisen - San Antonio, TX - Acquaintance   July 29, 2020

Sending good thoughts & prayers to the family. It's been a long time, but he was a great man.
John Ebeier & family.

Posted by JOHN EBEIER - AUSTIN, TX - Friend   July 27, 2020

Jimmie was my Godfather when I was baptized in December 1948. He always had a quick wit, story and pleasant smile whenever we met. I know that he and Nina are together sharing God's glory in heaven. We were related through my Grandmother Theresa Rihn Zimmerman.

Posted by Edgar (Ed) Haynes - Family   July 27, 2020

Jim, Susan, Sandy and David, so sorry for your loss. Your Dad, Mother and you guys have created many memories for myself and our family. I know it's been a while for us all got together but believe me I can remember our past get togethers like they were yesterday. They say its not what you take with you when you go, but what you leave behind. Your parents have left a legacy in you guys with the same mindset they had and which you have probably instilled in your own kids. God bless you guys and prayers for all of you. Know that your Dad and Mom both have a place in my heart forever.

Posted by Ronald Rihn - Marion, TX - Family   July 26, 2020

We send our Thoughts, Prayers and Love . Marjorie Eckert and Family

Posted by Cathy Schneider - San Antonio, TX - Family   July 26, 2020

Missing the greatest Godfather I could have. You were a favorite Uncle with your quick wit and great singing voice. I'm imagining you're dancing with Aunt Nina in heaven, and entertaining the angels with your stories. Love you.

Posted by Julie McEwen - San Antonio, TX - Family   July 25, 2020

You will be missed greatly! Thank you for being such a great influence in Alejandra's life!

Posted by Thad Hester - San Antonio, TX - Friend   July 24, 2020

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