July 23, 2013
LIMA — Staff Sgt. Sonny C. Zimmerman, 25, formerly of Waynesfield, was killed in action July 16, 2013, in Afghanistan.
Sonny was born Aug. 21, 1987, in Lima to Chris and Michelle Turner Zimmerman. His father survives in Waynesfield, his mother survives in Waynesfield and stepfather, David Fischbach, survives in Ottoville. On Sept. 30, 2012, he married Morgan McGhee, and she survives in Lima
Other survivors include 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.; a stepbrother, Andy Fischbach, of Nebraska; a 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.
Sonny was a 2005 graduate of Waynesfield-Goshen High School. He was a member of Waynesfield United Methodist Church. He was an avid fan of The Ohio State University Buckeyes, the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Red Wings. He played roller hockey and while attending high school he played football and baseball. Sonny 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 included a Purple Heart, three Army Commendation medals, two Army Achievement medals, two Army Good Conduct medals, the National Defense Service Medal, three Afghanistan Campaign medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Non-Commission Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Ribbons, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Air Assault Badge.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Waynesfield Goshen High School. U.S. Army Chaplain French and the Rev. Kathleen Hays will officiate. Burial will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery, New Hampshire, Ohio.
Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the school.
Contributions may be given to Wounded Warriors in Sonny’s memory.
Armentrout Funeral Home, Waynesfield, is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed at armentroutfuneralhome.com.