REED CITY — Marvin George Zimmerman, 68, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in his new home in which he had lived for only five months.

He was born on April 12, 1946, in Reed City, the only child of Uriah and Margaret (Wein) Zimmerman, who have predeceased him, along with his grandparents, Tobias and Lydia (Bittner) Zimmerman and Fred and Anna (Ruppert) Wein. He is survived only by cousins on both sides of his family, and many friends and neighbors throughout the community where he had lived all of his life.

Marvin worked 36 years through name changes of Miller Industries-Tublite-Conalco in Reed City, until his early retirement in 2003. In his youth, he worked alongside his dad cultivating and harvesting the land on their two now family-owned sesquicentennial farms. One is the original Ruppert-Wein-Zimmerman farm owned since 1863 from his mother's side, and the other from his dad's family. It is one of the original Bittner-Zimmerman farms owned since 1862. Marvin was an early Osceola County 4-H club member and showed some of their livestock at the 4-H and FFA Fair. He was a 1965 graduate of Reed City High School.

He had been a member of the Hersey United Methodist Church for more than 50 years and served on many of its committees over the years. He was instrumental in placing the historical marker with the 27 names of the charter members on it at the church, of whom more than half were relatives of his. He was a member of the Osceola County Farm Bureau and vice chairman of the Chat and Chew Community Action Group in Southeast Richmond Township, one of the few groups left in the county and has been for many years. He was an avid sportsman and former team member of the Reed City Rod and Gun Club.

He truly enjoyed to spend many a day in his retirement years to call up a friend to go with him — or sometimes all by himself — for a drive over the back country roads of the area in all seasons of the year watching the wild life, especially the deer and wild turkeys in their going and coming, and then to stop for coffee and bite to eat someplace. He spent all of the special holidays with the family he did have and loved to go out for pizza and pop with neighbors and friends. He will be missed by all who knew him, as he was always a friend to everyone.

The celebration of his life service was held on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Hersey United Methodist Church, with Pastor Lem Granada officiating. Burial took place in Woodland Cemetery in Reed City alongside his parents and grandparents.

Please share a memory or sign the guest book for Marvin at mcdowellfh.com.