Ward H. Zimmerman
Aug 8, 1927 – Jun 17, 2014
Ward H Zimmerman
Aug 8, 1927 - May 6, 2014
Ward H Zimmerman, 86, of Seattle, Washington, died along with his brother Robert L Zimmerman in an airplane accident in Wyoming on May 6, 2014.
He was born on August 8, 1927 in a log cabin in Ziebach County, south of Dupree, South Dakota to Ward H. and Nettie N. Zimmerman.
Ward graduated from Philip High School class of 1945, in Philip, South Dakota. He joined the Navy and completed flight training at Corpus Cristi, Texas. He graduated from The South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City, South Dakota, class of 1950.
He married Elynor R. Noble on June 17, 1948 in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Ward was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying deer hunting, fishing and hiking. He loved to travel, and most especially he loved flying.
He spent his working career as a Mechanical Engineer at the Boeing Airplane Company beginning in 1953. Among other projects he worked on the supersonic transport and the predecessor of the space shuttle. He was most proud of his patent for the Electronic Propulsion Control System (EPCS) now used on all commercial airplanes.
Ward was a devout Christian and volunteered in many roles including leader of the children's chapel and then lay reader at St Luke's Episcopal Church, First Baptist Church of Renton, St Elizabeth's Episcopal Church and Emmanuel Anglican Church.
He is survived by his sister Hazel Zimmerman. Sisters-in-law: Frances Noble, and Adelaide Zimmerman. Children: Ward Harry Zimmerman (Peggie), James V. Zimmerman (Theresa), Susan A. Dickinson (Steven), Ruth E. Brandal (Paul), Darrell L. Zimmerman, Demetria L. Zimmerman-McCullough (Eric). Honorary son: Yong Ie (Sokhaly). Former son-in-law: Adolfo Rico. Numerous grandchildren, honorary grandchildren, great-grandchildren, honorary great grandchildren, one great great grandson, nieces and nephews and 26 foster children many of whom express their continued affection for him.
A memorial is scheduled on Saturday, June 28 at the Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Ave N, Renton, beginning at 1:00 PM.
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