Eric Lee Zimmerman, 42, of Flagler Beach, Fla., passed away May 10, 2012.
Eric was born in Saginaw, Mich., Aug. 11, 1969. Eric graduated from Arthur Hill High School where he lettered in wrestling. After graduation Eric enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving in the first Gulf War in 1991 with the 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Eric received many medals of commendation and was honorably discharged. Eric moved to Florida in 2000 to be near his family.
Earlier in life, Eric was a champion BMX racer. Eric was an avid Jeep enthusiast, building and customizing many of his own vehicles from the ground up. Eric enjoyed camping, football, swimming, the outdoors and working on cars.
Eric leaves behind his beloved parents, Harold and Kay Zimmerman of Flagler Beach, his sister and her husband–Julie and Matt Davis of Palm Coast–and nephews: Specialist Lee Davis of the United States Army, and Charlie, Jed and Wyatt Davis. He also leaves behind many brothers in arms and extended family and friends throughout Michigan and Florida.
Eric was a kind and smart man known for his dry sense of humor and his genius at mechanics of all kinds. Although as a veteran of foreign war he fought a downhill battle with mental illness in the last several years, Eric leaves behind a legacy of honor and is a hero to all who had the pleasure of being in his all too short life.
Semper Fi, Eric. Rest in Peace.
A memorial service will take place at Eric’s church Shepherd of the Coast in Palm Coast on Tuesday, May 15, at 11 a.m., and he will be buried at Jacksonville National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran Church, 101 Pine Lakes Parkway Palm Coast, Fla., 32164.
–From Eric’s Family
Linda Pavel Blumenhagen via Facebook says
Prayers to you and your family.
Lori Cooke-Young via Facebook says
Semper Fi, Marine. You earned your guard post! Ooh rah! RIP….
Thank you Eric for your service and i will be at your memorial service.
Michelle Clair via Facebook says
Nice job guys! RIP……God Bless You
Lisa Bowman Westbrook via Facebook says
Thank you for your service. May God be with your family.
Eileen G. Miller via Facebook says
May you rest in peace. Thank you for protecting our country.
Dave Clair via Facebook says
higher ground Eric,,,,
Thank you for your service!
Thank you so much to Flagler Live to show us all, the beloved child and exceptional good and positive youth life of this All American boy and decorated Marine Eric Zimmerman our Veteran. One more of our braves ones lost on the battle front.
May our God watch over Eric, Julie and all of his family now!
[Thank you Palmcoaster; the appreciation is all to the Zimmerman family. We’re only the messengers.–FL]
Colleen Walsh Conklin via Facebook says
This is such a heartbreak and truly shows how we must do better to take care of our military men and women when they come home. Just cause we can’t see their wounds doesn’t mean they aren’t hurting inside. If we won’t take responsibility to put them back together when they return then we shouldn’t send them in the first place. RIP Eric Peace to your family.
Rest in peace Eric Zimmerman.
You have given your all.
Strength to the family to get through this terrible time.
Diane Bixler via Facebook says
Only knew him through the shop, but saw him everywhere. Gonna miss him. Rest in peace & prayers to the family.
brian lienczewski says
Eric you were my brother and I will miss you for sure! Thanks for always being there for me and being my best friend as we grew up. I love you man and one day I will see you in heaven!
Russ Crane says
I only knew Eric for a short time through Shepard of the Coast Lutheran Church. He was very active and very helpful and we will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I am so sorry for your loss. Our thanks to Eric and all soldiers that have sacrificed so much in service to our country.
Dave Darwick says
Our prayers are with the extended Zimmerman family. May God’s comfort be a real source of peace for them at this time, is my prayer. We are grateful for Eric’s service to the Nation.
Ray and Joanne Michaels says
Our prayers go out for the Zimmerman family. Eric spent many hours working around our church. No matter when we were there,we would find Eric there doing something. The fact that he had to walk more than 10 miles each way made that even more impressive. It will take some getting used to for us to not see him there now. Eric loved the Lord, so we know we’ll see him again one day. Eric, you are missed!
I am so sorry for your loss.It’s a shame the way our men are treated, after fighting for our country. The govonrment needs to help them, not forget about the sacrifises they made.My prayers and heart go out to the Zimmerman family.I didn’t know Eric, but the family are wonderful, as I know he was loved and will never be forgotten in their hearts.You don’t have to worry any more,he’s in a beautiful place and will never hurt again, he will have happiness and peace, as I hope you will be able to feel one day. We love you. The Turners
James Hill says
So sorry to hear of Eric’s passing… I just found out this past week, through another Peace class mate (Laura Fitzpatrick-Clark). We were running past names from school… I remember Eric in class, very silly, but smart! We had a few laugh’s on school safety patrol, on Adams and Mackinaw. In 2012, I lived about 45 minutes south of Palm Coast, in St. Lucie County. I was in the Persian Gulf, and war in 1991 aboard ship in the Navy. We are grateful for Eric’s military service! Semper Fi! I hope the Zimmerman family find’s peace, and will cherish Eric in everyday life! It’s a shame, as many friends have passed away from accident’s over the years… Very sad :( RIP Eric!