Obituaries detail

John F. Zimbelman, Age: 62
Oct 21, 1958 - Jan 03, 2021

John F. Zimbelman, of Gladstone, Missouri, passed away on January 3, 2021. John was born in Wichita, Kansas on October 21, 1958. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Eleanor Zimbelman, and his father and mother-in-law, Robert and Betty Barton. We rejoice that they are reunited in heaven once again.


John is survived by his wife of 38 years, Debbie Barton Zimbelman and two daughters, Lyssa (Kyle) Branson of Kansas City, Kansas, and Tiffanie Zimbelman of Gladstone. He is also survived by his sisters Teresa (Mike) Jones of Gladstone, Missouri, and Diane Jensen of Phoenix. He is also survived by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jeri and Steve Allison, and nieces and nephews, Matthew Jones, Amy Hellums, Nathan Jensen, Colby Jensen, Rachel Jensen, Lindsey Norber and Kristen Jaudon.


John graduated from Winnetonka High School in 1978. He worked at Macy's for thirty-seven years. He loved working there and enjoyed spending time with his family and dogs.  He loved going to car races with his girls and cheering for Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Jr. and AJ Allmendinger.  John loved taking trips to Branson every year with family. He followed in his father's footsteps with his love of working outdoors on lawn and garden projects. John loved working with his friend, Mike, for over 20 years and extended that friendship after leaving Macy's.  His faithful canine friend, Mocha, will miss taking walks with John, Patti and her pup, Ava.


Due to COVID restrictions we will not be having services at this time.  We will due a celebration of life when it's safe to be around each other.


John was a kind and loving family man and will be deeply missed. Contracting COVID on top of other health concerns was more than his body could sustain in spite of the efforts of the staff at North Kansas City Hospital. We rejoice that Jesus was there to welcome him home.


Additional Service:
Services at Later Date


Nicole Ellwein Jan 07 ,2021

Friend ,Smithville ,Missouri

I am so sorry for your loss.

Debbie Wiest Jan 07 ,2021

We are so sorry to hear about John. We were neighbors when he was a young boy. May the Lord wrap his arms around his family.

Christopher Sanders Jan 07 ,2021

Family Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

My prayers go out to your entire family. So sorry for your loss.

Renee Pulse Jan 07 ,2021

Church ,Kansas city ,Missouri

I’m sorry about the loss of John. I can’t imagine the pain your in. May our God surround you with love and support

Myron & Susie Dunagan Jan 07 ,2021

Uncle ,Wichita ,Kansas

Dear Debbie and family, We feel your devastation and are deeply sorry for your loss. May your memories comfort you and surround you with with God’s Peace. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all. (Please email us your address.)

Mari Daniels and Family Jan 07 ,2021

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

May wonderful memories fill your heart. Always keep the Faith. May John REST IN PARADISE 🌿⚘🌿

Norma Gallatin Jan 07 ,2021

Former coworker of Lyssa ,Independence ,Missouri

So sorry for your deepest condolences for you and your family.

Nikki Freeman Jan 08 ,2021

Friend of family ,Gladstone ,Missouri

I am so sorry for your loss of john I am going say prayers for the family I hope rest in peace with god

Blaine Wilcox Jan 08 ,2021

Friend ,Knoxville ,Tennessee

John will be missed, I enjoyed getting to know him during the 5 years I worked at Macy’s Metro North. He was a kind man and truly loved his family. He was always there to help people out and was a hard worker. My Condolences, Blaine Wilcox

Patti and Jim Jan 09 ,2021

Family Friend ,KANSAS CITY ,Missouri

"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." Right now, the memories are painful but eventually they will bring smiles and laughter. Your father will be terribly missed. He was loved by all of us and he will be cherished in our memories forever.

Pam wilson and family Jan 12 ,2021

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

So hard to believe and so sad. He was such a good guy and took such good care of his girls. Nee nee and Lyssa and Debi. If you need anything let me know. You are in my prayers

Dena Bridgeman Jan 12 ,2021

Friend ,Kearney ,Missouri

May God give you strength and peace right now. John was such a kind man. Praying sweet memories of him will bring you comfort and healing.