Mervin N. Zimmerman, Owned Mervin Zimmerman Inc./The Barn, served on several area boards

By on August 31, 2016

Mervin N. Zimmerman of Lititz, passed away Aug. 26, 2016, at Lancaster General Hospital.

Born in East Earl Township, he was the son of the late Ivan B. and Ethel (Newswanger) Zimmerman, and was raised by Irene (Newswanger) Zimmerman. He was the husband of Martha (High) Zimmerman, and they celebrated 60 years of marriage on March 17.

Upon moving to Lititz, he worked for local farmers in Lititz and Lancaster. He then worked for the Bob Lutz oil company before establishing his own plumbing, heating, and air conditioning business in 1968. Mervin Zimmerman Inc./The Barn is located on Rothsville Road in Lititz.

Mervin was a long-time member at Hinkletown Mennonite Church where he taught adult Sunday School for many years. He also served for many years on the boards of the Pennsylvania Relief Sale, Lancaster Christian School, and House of His Creation. His interests included playing golf and watching Phillies games. He loved working in his many flower gardens and is well known for making his famous barbecue chicken.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four children: Mervin Craig, husband of Grace (Kennel) Zimmerman; Philip Kent, husband of Karmen (Yoder) Zimmerman; Bonita Sue, wife of Eugene M. Hoover; and Merle Wade, husband of Kimberly (Searfoss) Zimmerman. Mervin was blessed to have 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Mervin had eight siblings: Alta, wife of Donald Mellinger; Lester, husband of Thelma (Good) Zimmerman; I. Ray, husband of Martha (Groff) Zimmerman; Joanne, wife of Paul Zimmerman; G. Mark, husband of Marilyn (Stauffer) Zimmerman; Shirley, wife of Glenn Sauder; Susan, wife of Jonathan Moyer; and Fannie, wife of Loren Ressler.

Services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m. at Hinkletown Mennonite Church, 2031 28th Division Highway, Ephrata, with Pastor Glenn Sauder officiating. There will be a viewing one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Merv’s memory to TNT Youth Ministries, 510 Stevens Road, Ephrata PA 17522.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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