Orvis Zimmerman, 87, of Stephenson, Mich., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at home surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 8, 1931, in Carney, Mich., to the late Fred and Irene (Thiry) Zimmerman on their family farm where he was raised with his eight siblings.
    Orvis joined the United States Air Force in 1951 during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1953. He then served in the active reserves from 1957 to 1959. On March 3, 1956, Orvis married Sandra Tupper at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Menominee, Mich. Orvis worked at Chrysler Proving Grounds as a test driver and mechanic which was located in Chelsea, Mich. He then went on to work as a truck driver out of Carney and had a farm. For 30 years, he traveled the U.P. as a salesman for the Hoover Company and Robinson Furniture, and then he was promoted to district manager where he relocated to Madison, Wis., where he retired out of.  After retirement, Orvis drove truck across the country delivering Airplane Winged Deicers for Jerry Derusha at Premier Engineering out of Marinette. Orvis started Coyote Campground with his son and wife. He was a member of the American Legion Post 43 and VFW Post 1887. Orvis lived life to the fullest, always looking for the next adventure and along the way made many friends throughout the country. He greatly loved his wife, children, grand and great-grandchildren the most.
    Orvis is survived by his wife, Sandra; son, Mark (Mae) Zimmerman; and daughters: Marti (Maria Liska) Zimmerman and Marcia (Louis) Mitchell; grandchildren: Dillon Zimmerman, Trevor Zimmerman-Rye, Owen Zimmerman, Zoey Zimmerman, Ethan Zimmerman, Tristan Zimmerman and Gian Ebsolo; and great-grandson, Cameron Strauss. He is further survived by his sister, Joyce (Bob) Puza; and brother, Gerry (Nancy) Zimmerman; and many nieces and nephews. Orvis was preceded in death by his son, Marvin Zimmerman; granddaughter, Taira Zimmerman; and siblings: Ray, Eva, Bob, Beatrice, Shirley and Edna.
    Per Orvis’s wishes there will be a graveside service for family and friends at the Nadeau Township Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at 1 p.m.
    Online condolences may be expressed at www.andersondiehm.com.
    Anderson-Diehm Funeral Home is assisting the family.