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Robert Zimmerman

November 17, 1926 — December 16, 2017

Robert "Bob" Keith Zimmerman, 91, of Morton, formerly of Hudson, passed away at 12:55 a.m., Saturday, December 16, 2017 at his daughter's residence in Washington, IL with family by his side.

He was born November 17, 1926 in Eureka to David and Cordelia (Gudeman) Zimmerman. He married Betty Clesson on February 5, 1950 in Normal, IL. She died December 6, 2003. He later married Fern Ault on February 8, 2013 in Eureka. She survives.

Also surviving is his daughter Litta Dennis of Washington; son-in-law Jim Pepper of Mokena, IL; sister Dorothy Baer of Bloomington; four grandchildren Jenny, Adam, Luscina, Kalle and four great-grandchildren Carter, Rose, Eva and Abigail.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Betty, daughter Cynthia Pepper, close personal friend Audrey Kool and one sister Joyce Morrison.

Bob was a WWII Army veteran, a member of Hudson United Methodist Church and life member of the Bloomington Elks Lodge 281. He also served as the Hudson Ag 4-H leader for 10 years.

Bob was well known for his outstanding pitching ability in fast pitch softball. He played for the Hudson fast pitch team and was recruited to pitch for many other teams during tournament time. He was a life-long Chicago Cubs fan and was overjoyed to finally see them win the World Series. Bob was also very well known for his wine making ability. He enjoyed cooking and hanging out with the Milk House Gang, fishing, raising rabbits with his two daughters and traveling with his family to shows throughout the state. Bob enjoyed spending time with friends and family fishing and telling stories at his pond.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Hudson United Methodist Church. Rev. Dr. Curt Keller and Rev. Tom Zobrist will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesday at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka. Burial will be in Hudson Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hudson United Methodist Church or Advocate BroMenn Hospice for nursing education.

Online tributes and condolences may be made at


DEC 20. 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CST)

Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home
508 South Main Street
Eureka, IL 61530

Funeral service

DEC 21. 10:00 AM (CST)

Hudson United Methodist Church
212 E. Franklin St.
Hudson, IL 61748

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