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John B. Zimmerman

Company A-3
31 Jul 1939- 12 Nov 2021
Place of Death: Vestavia Hills, AL
Interment: Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be determined

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Jack Zimmerman, on 12 November, 2021, in Vestavia Hills, AL, as a result of an acute pulmonary embolism. 

Jack is survived by his wife, Sandy; his daughters, Julie Hohl and her husband, Kurt, and Jill Meyer; his son, Jeffrey and his wife, Kelly; his grandchildren, Christian Hohl, Carter Hohl, Cameron Hohl, Connor Hohl, Charlotte Meyer, Mackenzie Meyer, Jillian Zimmerman, and Khloe Zimmerman; and Sandy’s family.  Jack was predeceased by his wife, Joan, on 23 June 2008. 

Visitation will be 1-3 PM and 4-6 PM, Saturday, 4 December 2021 at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA  22032. 

A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 PM, Sunday, 5 December 2021 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax, VA  22032.  A reception will follow at the church.  The service will also be live streamed on the church website,

The funeral service will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined. 

Condolences may be sent to Sandy at 1582 Panorama Drive, Vestavia Hills, AL  35216-3335, and to Jack’s children, Julie, Jill and Jeffrey, at Jack's home, 5206 Tamar Woods Court, Fairfax, VA  22032.  

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack’s memory may be made to the Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke, 4019 Olley Lane, Fairfax, VA  22032 or online at

Well done, Jack.  Be thou at peace.


Class Memorial Pages\A-2 Jack Zimmerman.pdf


John (Jack) Bardonner Zimmerman, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away suddenly on November 12, 2021 at a home he shared with his wife, Sandra H. Dacheux, in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

Born on July 31, 1939, in Allison Park, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Harry R. Zimmerman, Sr. and Viola Bardonner Zimmerman.

Jack left Allison Park for the United States Military Academy at West Point and a career as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army. It was at a Penn State-Army football game on a blind date that Jack met a Penn-State co-ed, Joan Beidler, who became his wife shortly after their graduations in 1961. Jack’s Army career took them from Germany, where their three children were born, to Penn State where he earned a master’s degree in chemistry. He deployed to Vietnam and upon his return he taught chemistry at West Point. From there the family went to Ft. Hood and returned to the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk before his hardship tour in Korea. His final assignments were at the Pentagon and in the D.C. area. He retired from the Army in 1984 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Among other decorations and citations, Jack was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

Following his retirement from active military service, Jack entered into a second career with Olin Ordnance/Primex/BRTRC as a director of new business and director of the DC office. In 2009 he retired for the second time.

After 47 years of marriage, Joan passed away in 2008. Jack’s sense of adventure and his “bucket list” inspired him to explore the world. He visited the Great Wall of China, Vietnam, India, Nepal, Japan, and went rafting in the Amazon River basin with friends. Jack also visited Italy, Germany and France, soaking in culture, history and experiences with both his family and West Point classmates.

Jack found happiness for a second time in his life when he met, and in 2018, married Sandy Dacheux. They continued world travels and split their time between homes in Alabama and Virginia.

Jack’s lifelong commitment to his family and friends was unwavering. He reveled in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren, supporting them every step of the way. A man of deep faith, Jack became involved with the programs of Lord of Life Lutheran Church when the family first settled in Fairfax in 1975. He lived his faith by serving on the congregation council and in various other leadership positions in the church and supporting others needing a helping hand. With Joan, he was a founding member of the Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke that helps older adults live independently in their own homes and served as vice chair of its board for many years. He invested himself helping newcomers to this country by teaching ESL classes for most of 15 years through Lord of Life’s program. Jack was also a long-time board member for the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern Virginia Community. He was passionate about his community and led a life of service in ways too numerous to mention.

Jack had a wide circle of friends from all corners of his life, and his retired life was defined by his close relationships with his grandchildren, family gatherings, friendships and helping others. Jack never met a person who didn’t remember him fondly afterwards and was a story-teller extraordinaire. In addition to his family, Jack’s passions were golfing, history and travelling, especially with his A-2 Company West Point classmates. Winning the green jacket at the annual golf Spring Fling was always a point of pride. And the annual family vacations at Bethany Beach, Delaware were a special tradition for forty-five years.

To those who knew Jack, he was larger than life yet humble, honest, a life-long learner who was always curious, and a man genuinely grateful for the many blessings of his life. His intellect, zeal for living and sense of adventure has left an indelible legacy to inspire all he knew. Jack showed us what a life well lived looks like and we are so fortunate to have had this vibrant man in our lives.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra H. Dacheux, his children, Julie Zimmerman Hohl (Kurt) of McLean, Virginia, Jill Z. Meyer of Leawood, Kansas, and Jeffrey B. Zimmerman (Kelly) of Boonsboro, Maryland; grandchildren, Christian, Carter, Cameron and Connor Hohl, Charlotte and Mackenzie Meyer, and Jillian and Khloe Zimmerman; brother, Harry R. Zimmerman, Jr. of Glenshaw, Pennsylvania; and sister-in-law, Susan K. Beidler of Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22032. A Celebration of Life will be held at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22032 on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. with a reception to follow at the church. The service will also be live-streamed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke, 4019 Olley Lane, Fairfax, VA 22032. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.

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