Allen Zimmerman, 78

Allen William Zimmerman lost a long and courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his family, on Feb. 15, 2014, at the age of 78. Beloved husband of 53 years to Jeanne. Loving father of Kathy (John) Wetzel of Vermont and Paul of Waukesha. Dear grandfather of Ryan, Erika and Alyssa. Brother of twin sister Luella (late Earl) Dekker of West Bend. He leaves behind many other dear family and friends. Allen was preceded in death by his parents, William and Edith.

Allen attended McLane Grade School and graduated from West Bend High School in 1953. Allen proudly served in the U.S. Army Honor Guard in Korea.

He married his best friend and soul mate, Jeanne Bassett. They moved to Wauwatosa where they raised their family.

Allen retired from the U.S. Post Office after 30 years of employment. He enjoyed time with family and friends, and especially loved trips to the family cabin in Northern Wisconsin. Allen liked watching Wisconsin sports (Bucks, Packers, Brewers), and loved Bingo, word puzzles and his furry canine friends Duke, Buddy, and Toby.

There will be a private celebration of Allen’s life. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request memorials to the Zilber Family Hospice, of Wauwatosa, or a charity of choice. “We would like to give heartfelt thanks to Leah, Deana and the entire Zilber staff for their compassionate support.”

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services, Wauwatosa, served the family; (414) 774-5010.