Reverend Walter Lynn Zimmerman passed away quietly in his sleep on December 1st at his home in Forney, Texas. Walter was born in Jacobia, Texas on November 11, 1933, to Walter Robinson and Winona Breckenridge Zimmerman. He graduated from Sherman High School and went on to attend Austin College where he received his BA. He completed his education at SMU’s Perkin’s School of Theology.
A Methodist minister like his father before him, Walter received his first appointment at the age of sixteen. He faithfully pastored his churches for the next 50+ years, always finding new and creative ways to bring the Lord’s message to his congregations.
Walter had many interests and hobbies over the years. Known by generations of children in Rockwall ISD as the Butterfly Man, he shared his love of raising Monarch butterflies with students and teachers alike. He was a chaplain for the RHS football team for years where he influenced the lives of many young men. Walter loved to paint, golf and collect all sorts of things. He took his family and traveled the world over years of vacations, but his favorite place to visit was always Estes Park, Colorado.
Walter Lynn is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joan Hogue Zimmerman. They eloped in Ennis, Texas on April 21, 1956, and were secretly married for nearly three months. They had two daughters: Deborah Lynn, born in 1958 and Rebecca Joyce, born in 1965. Walter is also survived by his sons-in-law Gary Gaskin and Ben Dunn. He dearly loved his grandchildren, Wendy, Aaron, MacKenzie, and Kal, and his great-grandchildren, Jordan, Nate and Benjamin. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, David Lee and Gerald Winfred.
A memorial service will be held 2:00pm, January 4, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Forney, Texas. Since Walter donated his body to science and there will not be a graveside service to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to their church or the Alzheimer’s Association.
I was looking through some old pictures today and found one of Rev Zimmerman from when he was at Mesquite First Methodist Church so I decided to look him up. I was so sorry to see that he had passed away recently, but wanted to say how fondly we remember him and the impact he had on our spiritual lives.
Sent by: Janis Saxon
Brother Zimmerman was an awesome man of God who I looked up to. He officiated at my wedding in 1977 in Rockwall TX. He christened both of our sons in 1979 and 1981. When my 2nd son was an infant, he was hospitalized with pneumonia and Bro. Zimmerman came up there to pray for him. I so appreciate his loving and caring ways. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.
Sent by: Jo Camp White
I loved my 'Uncle Soda Pop' so much and remember the fun times we all had at the farm shelling peas and playing in the woods. He married Paul and me in 1983 and it was so special. I run the Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago in March to raise funds for Alzheimers research in his memory.
Sent by: Katherine Zimmerman Sheehan
We remember Walter Lynn with affection and friendship.
Grace and Peace,
Ken and Iweeta McIntosh
4847 W. Lawther Dr., Apt. 310
Dallas, TX 75214
Sent by: Kenneth and Iweeta McIntosh
I first met Walter at Camp Bridgeport when I was a young teenager. I have a picture of him dressed up for "tacky day". His sense of humor was a blessing to all.
I grew up in First Methodist Church in Mesquite. Our MYF often visited churches, Walter's among them.
God's comfort and peace be with you,
Lana Lawson Miller
Sent by: Lana Lawson Miller
Prayers for the family of Walter Lynn. I remember him from high school in Honey Grove where his Dad was a pastor. He was a wonderful person.
Sent by: Lorene Carter Waller
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I can remember Walter as the butterfly man. He was a great man to live by. He taught me a lot in life. I will always remember you.
Sent by: Bubba White
Dear Joan and family,
Rev. Zimmerman will always have a place in my heart as pastor at FUM Mesquite. I looked forward to his "chalk talks!" He was a wonderful pastor.
Thanks for the memories,
Suanne Burris Toupal
Sent by: Suanne Burris Toupal
We thought so much of Walter. He was completely sincere in his beliefs and such a wonderful teacher and preacher. He had tremendous influence on everyone with whom he came in contact. He loved our Lord and spread His word wherever he went. Walter will be greatly missed.
Sent by: Verdon and Jerry Graves