Christmas 09

Fred Owen Zimmerman

May 20, 1944 ~ April 18, 2019 (age 74)


Fred Owen Zimmerman, age 74 of Crawfordsville went to be with his beloved wife, Patti, in heaven on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Franciscan Health Lafayette East. He was born in Crawfordsville on May 20, 1944 to the late Owen & Beulah (Haase) Zimmerman.

Fred graduated from Ladoga High School and on September 6, 1964 in New Market he married the love of his life of 50 years, Patti Gail Morris, who preceded him in death on August 8, 2015. He was a member of the Mace United Methodist Church, was on the New Ross Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years and spent 9 years in the Army National Guard in Crawfordsville. Patti and him worked together at the 4-H Inc. for over 17 years. Fred worked at Allison Gas Turbine in Indianapolis and retired after 25 years there. He then worked for the State Highway, retiring from there, after 12 years, and also worked for Helping Hand Chauffeur Service. As far as all his jobs, most people knew him as Santa Clause for over 43 years. Fred loved spending time with his grandchildren, taking them fishing, and being involved with their activities.

He is survived by his son, Bruce (Jenny) Zimmerman; his daughter, Tami (Jeremy) Mussche; both of Crawfordsville; a brother, Tom (Mary) Zimmerman of Rockville; a sister, Delma (John) Torrison of Wisconsin; four grandchildren, Owen & John Zimmerman and Karsyn & Lilli Mussche; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved princess, his dog, Sheena.

Visitation will be at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S Washington St in Crawfordsville on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 4:00 – 8:00pm. The funeral service will be Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 10:00am at the funeral home with Pastor Bruce White officiating. Burial will follow at Ladoga Cemetery with military honors by Legion Post 72 Honor Guard and the Army National Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Mace United Methodist Church, 5581 US 136 E, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. Share memories and condolences online at

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April 23, 2019

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sanders Priebe Funeral Care
315 S Washington St`
Crawfordsville, IN 47933

Funeral Service
April 24, 2019

10:00 AM
Sanders Priebe Funeral Care
315 S Washington St`
Crawfordsville, IN 47933


Mace United Methodist Church
5581 US 136 E, Crawfordsville IN 47933

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