A great man and hero to all of us will be missed. Doug Zimmerman, Colonel, U.S.A. passed away on June 2, 2006 at the age of 51. Colonel Zimmerman was the husband of Renice Zimmerman who founded Southern States Rottweiler Rescue. They had been married for 24 years and have one son, Kent. Doug and Renice have been long time Rottweiler breed supporters, owners, were active in showing their Rottweilers in conformation and in participating in Rottweiler rescue efforts. Col. Zimmerman was a graduate of West Point, the United States Military Academy in New York state. He served his country with distinction in the United States Army, most recently attached to the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk VA. The passing of someone so young and vigorous is always a tragedy. It is our intent to turn Col. Zimmerman's passing into something positive for the breed he loved. To that end, Southern States Rescued Rottweilers is setting up the Colonel Douglas K. Zimmerman Memorial Fund for Special Needs SSRR Rottweilers as a permanent tribute.
I will remember you,
It's the Soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press.
2 beloved pets the Zimmerman family shared their home with (now at the Bridge)
Ch. Groppetti G'nghes RazMaTazz
April 18, 2002 - Loved, owned and waiting at The Bridge for Doug and Renice Zimmerman (This photo was taken the day Razz finished his championship out of the 12-18 mo puppy class...it was a BEAUTIFUL day!) Razz joined his Rott'n surrogate *moms*, Ara and Beste at the Bridge today. All of you go hug your babies. We never have them long enough.
10-14-89 to 10-21-97. Beste was the soul mate dog that only those special dogs can be. She was a star in the ring and raised the Mastiff puppies to be good dogs. She showed the world how good a good Rottweiler can be. Now she is at peace. An angel dwelt in canine form, so many lives she blessed. For long and long she'll be recalled, Renice's loving Beste.
All donations to this memorial fund will be utilized for Special Needs rescued Rottweilers including but not limited to their veterinary care including vaccinations, surgeries, medications and rehabilitation.
If you would like to make a donation to the Colonel Douglas Zimmerman Memorial Fund , please make the check payable to Southern States Rescued Rottweilers and make a note of the Zimmerman Memorial Fund in the memo field. Please mail contributions to:
Southern States Rescued Rottweilers
Or you can submit via our PayPal account:
All contributions are tax deductible.
OBITUARY from Daily Press June 7th, 2006
Thank you to the following donors:
David & Dawn Chase