Dale Krumm Zimmer, 96 years, died of natural causes on Thursday, December 1, 2011.
Dale was a lifelong resident of Decatur, Illinois, last residing at 2014 Hawthorn Drive, Decatur, Illinois, and Glenwood Supportive Community Living, Mount Zion. He died at the Heritage Memory Care Unit located in New Berlin, Wisconsin.
Dale was born on October 15, 1915, son of the late John and Carrie Zimmer of 1729 Church Street, Decatur, Illinois. He was the youngest, and last remaining, of three brothers. He survived his wife of 50 years, Mary Kathryn Zimmer (Levell).
He attended Millikin University and the University of Illinois where he studied mechanical engineering and participated in marching bands at both universities. Dale worked at Curtis Wright Aircraft during WWII in Columbus, Ohio, developing the Hell Diver aircraft for the Pacific war arena.
Following the war he returned to Decatur and was employed by the A.E. Staley Company and the Caterpillar Company where he retired from after 25 plus years of employment and achievement.
Dale had been an active and long standing member of the Commodore Decatur Yacht Club beginning in 1936. As an avid sailing competitor he won numerous sailing regattas and awards. He also instructed three generations of young people of the YMCA and YWCA on the skills of spring board diving as well as coaching the Millikin University diving team for a period of time. He was a member of the YMCA Board of Directors. Dale was co-founder of the Decatur Sunfish Club where he was a sailing instructor and sailing race instructor for many years successfully developing many young sailors on Lake Decatur. He led young people in the Decatur Junior Achievement program.
Dale is survived by his daughter Judy (Don) Johnson of Mount Zion, Illinois, son James (Janet) Zimmer of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and son Jack (Lorelei) Zimmer of New Berlin, Wisconsin. He has five grandchildren: Cory Zimmer of Greenfield, Indiana, Kristin Allen of Mahomet, Illinois, Katie Hoult of Columbus, Georgia, Michelle Schultz of Normal, Illinois, and Tammy Dargan of Chicago, Illinois. In addition, he has six great-grandchildren. Finally, he was a founding member and long term member of Woodland Chapel Presbyterian Church, Decatur, Illinois.
Dale will be missed by family, friends and acquaintances alike.
Obituary credit: written by family members, published in Decatur Herald and Review