Joseph C. Zimmerman Jr.

Joseph C. Zimmerman Jr., age 90 of Batesville, died Saturday September 11, 2021 at Margaret Mary Health. Born December 6, 1930 in Batesville, he is the son of Elizabeth and Joseph Zimmerman Sr. and served in the army during the Korean War. After the service he worked construction with Bruns & Gutzwiller for several years before serving as Deputy Sheriff. He would eventually serve as Sheriff, finishing the term of his predecessor. After an unsuccessful re-election, he would go on to work for Batesville Casket, retiring in February of 1993.

Among his many hobbies, Joe loved fishing and woodworking. Some of his projects were bird houses that he used, as he liked feeding the birds and other wildlife around his home. He was also an avid reader of western novels as well as a Bengals and Reds fan. Joe’s faith was important to him and he had a strong devotion to the Sacred Heart.

He is survived by his sister Louise Wells of Cincinnati and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by sisters Jean Goodwin, Betty Reisinger, Rosemary Fisher and brother Harry “Slim” Zimmerman.

Visitation is Friday, September 17th, from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services follow at 11 a.m. at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271 and the Ripley Co. V.F.W. Post #3183. Memorials may be made to the St. Louis Cemetery Fund. For online condolences go to