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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Priest passes away leaves community with heavy hearts

  •      Father Dennis Zimmerman passed away Friday, July 13, 2011 just a few days short of his 60th birthday.  He was active in so many aspects of the community that it seemed fitting to reach out to the community as a whole for their input and memories.  The following are some of the responses we received.


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  • Editor's note:  Father Dennis Zimmerman passed away Friday, July 13, 2011 just a few days short of his 60th birthday.  He was active in so many aspects of the community that it seemed fitting to reach out to the community as a whole for their input and memories.  The following are some of the responses we received.
    Corrina Martinez Carlos "Father Dennis wrote a prayer for our parish. We would say it together every Sunday. "O compassionate Jesus, may the light of your love shine in our hearts each day. Teach us to care for one another. Teach us to be patient with one another. Teach us to forgive and to seek forgiveness and teach us to hold to what is good. May we always be a good example of the family of God. May we always echo your love, healing and hope. Be with us as we come and go, so that our hearts may always be centered on You. In Christ's holy name we pray. AMEN" This prayer sums up the kind of person Father Dennis was.THis is how he lived his life and how he taught us to live our lives. Thank you Father Dennis for teaching me and my family how to live in the Light of the Lord. You will be forever missed but never forgotten."
    Bob Waldman "He was a great, caring man. He will be missed by many."
    Dee Dee Knapp "The first time I saw Father Dennis, I was looking out the window of the court house, and noticed a Priest playing hopscotch with children at the church across the street. I knew then that he was someone I simply must get to know. He was such a blessing!"
    Shawna Culver- "He loved the KU Jayhwaks so much. One Sunday in Church while listening to his sermon, my cellphone rang....I was so embarrassed. He paused, looked at me and said "I'll forgive you for that since your ring tone was 'I'm a Jayhawk'"....RIP Father...you will be missed."
    Darcy Chaffin Morrison- "First remember seeing ZImmerman's at high school football game decked out in Jayhawk gear....... Wondering who the fellow KU fans might be! Come to find out their son was playing along side our son...... Who would later become roommates at KU. Father Dennis will be greatly missed.... great man..... Blessings to Karen, Erika, and Josh."
    Jammie Dean Phillips- "Wonder man, father zimmerman always had great stories."
    Angie Koehn-Mueller- "He always had a wonderful smile and kind words to everyone he met. He will be missed.."
    Cynthia Thomson- "Father Zimmerman and his wife, Karen were among the first people I met when I moved to Dodge. They welcomed me whole heartedly. I never forgot that. He will be DEEPLY missed. Much love to Karen and the family."
    Page 2 of 2 - Josh Roesener- "Amazing how many lives one person can touch, some they may never even know about. Father Zimmerman was great friends with my previous pastor, I will never forget sitting with them at a back booth in Kates listening to them pick on each other about EVERYTHING! All in good fun of course. Even when we saw him around after he fell ill, he always had a smile, a hand shake, and a good day for everyone that he met."
    Verna Ochs- "I met Father Zimmerman when he first came to Dodge City; I new immediately he was a special person and would be an asset to the city. He will be missed by many. May he rest in peace."
    Kelly Tasset - “Father Dennis’ spirit lit up a room.  He was one of those people who did not know a stranger. Father Dennis’ fun-loving character and light-heartedness is something I will always remember and cherish as they were two of his best qualities.  I’ve long admired his love for life, love for his family & friends, how he cherished his church and city community and supported the hospital through many changes over the years..”
    Alan Cunningham- “Father Dennis was very committed to the growth of Dodge City.  His phenomenal enthusiasm for our community included service on many community boards and committees, over many years.  I am very privileged to have served as Father Dennis’ vice chairman on the hospital’s Board of Trustees.  His enthusiasm and positive approach gave us all confidence in the future.”
    Yadira Deanda - “He was such a great man, I have no words to describe his kindness.  Patients loved him.  We will miss him so much.”
    RC Trotter, MD- "He was a great board chairman.  He was a great leader in meetings keeping them on point all the while makeing the meeting enjoyable.  When ever we had board retreats it was a real treat to be with Father Dennis and his wife."

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