Orvis Zimmerman

Orvis Zimmerman, 87, of Stephenson, Mich. passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at home surrounded by his family. He was born November 8, 1931 in Carney, Mich. to the late Fred and Irene (Thiry) Zimmerman on their family farm where he was raised with his 8 siblings. Orvis joined the United States Air Force in 1951 during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1953. He then served in the active reserves from 1957 to 1959.

On March 3, 1956 Orvis married Sandra Tupper at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Menominee, Mich.

Orvis worked at Chrysler Proving Grounds as a test driver and mechanic which was located in Chelsea, Mich. He then went on to work as a truck driver out of Carney and had a farm. For 30 years he traveled the U.P. as a salesman for the Hoover Company and Robinson Furniture, and then he was promoted to District Manager where he relocated to Madison, Wis. where he retired out of.  After retirement Orvis drove truck across the country delivering DeIcers for Premier Engineering out of Marinette, Wis.

Orvis started Coyote Campground with his son and wife. He was a member of the American Legion Post 43 and VFW Post 1887. Orvis lived life to the fullest always looking for the next adventure and along the way made many friends throughout the country.

He greatly loved his wife, children, grand and great-grandchildren the most.


Orvis is survived by his wife Sandra, son Mark (Mae) Zimmerman and daughters Marti (Maria Liska) Zimmerman, Marcia (Louis) Mitchell. Grandchildren; Dillon Zimmerman, Trevor Zimmerman-Rye, Owen Zimmerman, Zoey Zimmerman, Ethan Zimmeramn, Tristan Zimmerman and Gian Ebsolo. Great-grandson Cameron Strauss. He is further survived by his sister Joyce (Bob) Puza and brother Gerry (Nancy) Zimmerman and many nieces and nephews.


Orvis was preceded in death by his son Marvin Zimmerman, granddaughter Taira Zimmerman, siblings: Ray, Eva, Bob, Beatrice, Shirley and Edna.


Per Orvis’s wishes there will be a private family service. Anderson-Diehm Funeral Home is assisting the family. Burial will be in Nadeau Township Cemetery.

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