Created on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Staff Sgt. Sonny C. Zimmerman, 25, formerly of Waynesfield, was killed in action July 16, 2013, in Afghanistan.
Born in Lima on Aug. 21, 1987, he was a son of Chris and Michelle Turner Zimmerman. Both his mother and father survive in Waynesfield and his stepfather, David Fischbach, survives in Ottoville.
On Sept. 30, 2012, he married the former Morgan McGhee and she survives in Lima, along with a daughter, Riley McVicker; grandparents, Ronnie and Loretta Zimmerman of Waynesfield and Lucy Turner of Bellefontaine; two sisters, Kaylee Zimmerman of Waynesfield and Staff Sgt. Baily Zimmerman of Pope Air Force Base, N.C.; stepbrothers, Andy Fischbach of Nebraska; stepsister, Abby Fischbach of Columbus; father- and mother-in-law, Kevin and Chrisa McGhee of Lima; brother-in-law, Matt McGhee of Lima; and sister-in-law, Nici (Andrew) Wright of Alexandria, Ky.
A 2005 graduate of Waynesfield-Goshen High School, he was a member of the Waynesfield United Methodist Church and was an avid OSU Buckeye, Cleveland Browns and Detroit Red Wings fan.
He played roller hockey and, while attending high school, he played football and baseball.
He was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, where he was an infantry squad leader. His awards include a Purple Heart, three Army Commendation medals, two Army Achievement medals, two Army Good Conduct medals, National Defense Service medal, three Afghanistan Campaign medals, Global War on Terrorism Service medal, Non-Commissioned Office Professional Development ribbon, an Army Service ribbon, three Overseas ribbons, a NATO medal, a Combat Infantry badge and Air Assault badge.
Visitation is from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Waynesfield-Goshen High School, where U.S. Army Chaplain French and the Rev. Kathleen Hays officiate a funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday. Burial is in Walnut Hill Cemetery, New Hampshire.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Arrangements were handled by Armentrout Funeral Home, Waynesfield, where condolences may be expressed at www.armentroutfuneralhome.com.