Family, friends and colleagues will gather this weekend to remember an Auglaize County soldier killed this month while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom.
On Thursday at 9:20 a.m., the remains of Staff Sgt. Sonny C. Zimmerman will be arriving at the Lima Airport, according to information from the Armentrout Funeral Home.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Waynesfield Goshen High School, according to the funeral home.
His funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, at the high school, with U.S. Army Chaplain French and the Rev. Kathleen Hays officiating. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery, New Hampshire, Ohio.
Zimmerman, 25, died July 16 in Paktiya Province, Afghanistan. He was hurt while on a mounted patrol attacked by a rocket-propelled grenade, according to the Department of Defense.
Zimmerman was an infantry squad leader assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, Fort Campbell, Ky.
Some of Zimmerman’s many awards include the Purple Heart and three Army commendation medals, according to the DoD website.
He is survived by his wife Morgan; daughter Riley McVicker, of Lima; and parents Chris Zimmerman of Waynesfield and Michelle Fischback of Jennings.
Contributions may be given to “Wounded Warriors” in Zimmerman’s memory.