Waynesfield soldier dies
WAYNESFIELD — A former Waynesfield resident has been killed in action while serving in Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sonny Zimmerman, 25, died Monday while on active duty, Zimmerman’s grandmother, Loretta Zimmerman confirmed Monday.
The grandmother said Zimmerman was currently serving his fourth tour in Afghanistan and had just recently returned to a tour of duty after being wounded a few weeks ago.
“This was to be his last tour there,” Loretta Zimmerman said. “I guess it is.”
His grandfather was Ron Zimmerman, long-time public employee for the village of Waynesfield.
Loretta Zimmerman referred all other comments to Chris Zimmerman, Sonny’s father, who could not immediately be reached for comment.
Sources close to the family said the Zimmermans currently did not have much information regarding the circumstances which led to Sonny Zimmerman’s death.
His sister, Baily Zimmerman, declined comment on her brother’s death.
Officials at both the Public Affairs Office in Fort Campbell, Ky. and at the Community Relations Division of the U.S. Army Public Affairs Office at the Pentagon said information regarding the incident could not be released until 24 hours after Zimmerman’ family was notified.
Zimmerman was the son of Chris Zimmerman, of Waynesfield, and Michelle Fischbach, of Fort Jennings.
On Sept. 30, he married Morgan McGhee, of Lima.
Zimmerman was serving with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.
Flags were at half-staff throughout the community on Tuesday.
Waynesfield-Goshen Principal T.J. Winkler recalled Zimmerman as an energetic kid who had wanted to be in the military since he
“He was a great kid, always full of energy and fun to be around,” Winkler said. “He always wanted to be in the military and he joined the Army.”
Winkler said Zimmerman, who graduated in 2005, played baseball and football and was active in FFA.
Zimmerman is the third Auglaize County resident to die in combat in the war on terror.
Army Specialist Jon Michael Schoolcraft III, of Wapakoneta, died on Jan 19, 2008, from wounds suffered when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Brian Naseman, of New Bremen, died May 22, 2009, from injuries in a non-combat incident.
Pentagon officials said more information on the incident likely would be available today after it is verified that family members have been notified.