, Port Arthur, Texas

October 1, 2013

Kevin Paul Zimmermann

The Port Arthur News

AUSTIN —    Kevin Paul Zimmermann, 54, formerly of Austin, TX, died very suddenly on Friday, September 20th, 2013 at his home in Broomfield, CO.  He was born on March 5th, 1959 in Port Arthur, TX to Gerry and Jimmy Zimmermann.

   He attended schools in Port Arthur, graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1977.   He then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX in 1982.  

   As a child he played Little League baseball and at Trinity Lutheran School was on the basketball team through the eighth grade.  While in high school, his Dad trained him to operate the audio sound system at Trinity Lutheran Church and he enjoyed working with electronics very much.  

   As a teenager and young adult he also played basketball in numerous church leagues and tournaments, was a member of the church choir and was active in the church youth group even serving as a Counselor after he entered college.

   After receiving his degree from Lamar University, he moved to Austin where he became very active at Redeemer Lutheran Church and continued his enjoyment of electronics by operating the audio sound system there as well.  Kevin liked all kinds of music and especially loved singing to the Glory of God as a member of the two church choirs as an expression of his faith and ministry.  

   In Austin, Kevin was very active in various sports and captained numerous city league bowling and softball teams for many years.

   One of Kevin’s proudest accomplishments was the completion of the Six Week Colorado Trail Hike.  The trail, stretching from Denver to Durango, was physically challenging as it wound through the most beautiful mountainous back-country in Colorado as well as across multiple Rocky Mountain 14’ers, including Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in Colorado.  Back in Texas, accompanied by his brother, Kevin scaled its’ highest peak, Guadalupe Peak in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, allowing him to later proudly declare that he had ascended the highest peaks in both his native and adopted states.

He later moved to Broomfield, CO, where he continued to love hiking in the mountains, which he did as often as possible, especially in Rocky Mountain National Park, his favorite.  

   It was also in Colorado that Kevin developed his passion for Golf.  He loved playing anytime and anywhere but he especially loved to play the mountain courses in Colorado where he came amazingly close to accomplishing his goal of playing every golf course open to the public in the state.

   He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Emma & Henry Wehmeyer and Ella & Lee Zimmermann, as well as his godparent Eugene Wehmeyer.  He is survived by his parents Gerry & Jimmy of Austin, his brother Jimmy Zimmermann, Jr. of Austin, his foster sister Laurie Miller of Orange, TX, his godparents Harold & Melrose Zimmermann of Austin and Ethel Sullivan of Springfield, VA and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  Kevin is also survived by his two godchildren, Angela Cousins of Houston, TX and Matthew Rottmann of Longmont, CO.  Kevin was very honored and proud to have served as a godparent for these two people and loved them very much.

   Memorial Services will be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 4th of October 2013, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1500 W Anderson Ln. Austin, TX 78757, with Rev. Dave Schroder officiating.  

  Donations in Kevin’s memory may be made to the Music Ministry at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Austin, TX or to Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Arthur, TX.