Richard was born on October 17, 1931, in Annville, Pennsylvania, to Clayton Light and Esther Fiana Zimmerman. He passed away on January 4, 2014, at his home in Palm Desert with his wife of 33 years, Gwen, and his stepson, Robert Dahlman, at his side. Preceding him in death were his parents, his sister Gloria Hitz, and his former wife Joan Zimmerman Brightbill.
During the Korean War, Richard served with the U.S. Army in France and Germany. Upon his return, he attended and graduated from Lebanon Valley College before entering the retail field as proprietor of a men’s clothing store. In the ‘60s he joined AMP, Inc. in Harrisburg, PA, and quickly made a reputation as a leader. He was transferred to Lima, Ohio, and eventually to San Jose, CA, as Sales Manager for the 11 Western States. He retired from the company in 1997 as Western Regional Sales Manager. All who worked with Richard considered him an inspiration, a mentor and a friend.
“Mr. Z” will be remembered for his impeccable sense of style, his quick wit, his even-temperedness, and his love of sports. His favorite teams were Ohio State and the ’49ers. He participated in swimming, diving, basketball, baseball, tennis, sailing, and golf. He enjoyed euchre, bridge and cribbage with his buddies. He especially loved traveling by car throughout the country, cruising to various ports of call and visiting his favorite island, Maui. While living in La Quinta, CA, Richard served as the Fundraising Coordinator of the Southern California Desert branch of the Special Olympics. He so admired the spirit and drive of those Olympians.
Richard is survived by his loving wife, Gwen. He also leaves his daughters and sons-in-law Sue and Scott Few, Judy and Scott Morrella, and Jane Telesco; his stepson Robert Dahlman and wife, Tracy; his stepson Geoffrey Dahlman and wife, Shab; and his step-daughter Dawn Stucky and husband, Steve. In addition, he leaves 6 grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.