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March 30, 1953 - April 21, 2013

Robert D. Zimpfer, of West Seneca, a railroad conductor, died April 21 in Mercy Hospital after a lengthy battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He was 60.

Born in Lancaster, Mr. Zimpfer was a graduate of Lancaster High School and earned an associate degree from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute.

He had worked as a conductor for CSX Corp. and its predecessor railroads from 1974 until this year, receiving numerous safety awards. A longtime member of Local 1393, United Transportation Union, he served as treasurer, then secretary/treasurer for 22 years.

Mr. Zimpfer also was a talented artist, using his skills to create the logos for Southtowns Meals on Wheels and the Take a Breath for Life Foundation.

He supported and participated in fundraising activities for several charities – particularly Take a Breath for Life. He enjoyed hunting.

He was active at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, where he served as an usher.

Survivors include his wife, the former Patricia Sharvin; a daughter, Allison; his stepmother, Irma; two brothers, Michael and William; and six sisters, Berry Ferro, Lorraine Wolfe, Mary Reimer, Elaine Loos, Yvonne Feller and Judy.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 12:45 p.m. Thursday in Queen of Heaven Church, 4220 Seneca St., West Seneca.