Jeffrey Lee Zimmerman

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. – Jeffrey Lee Zimmerman, 56, of Grass Valley, CA, died Saturday, July 6, 2013 at his home of a massive heart attack.

He was born Dec. 9, 1956 in Owatonna, the son of James and Marjorie (Lokke) Zimmerman. Jeff graduated from Owatonna High School with the Class of 1975. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from Mankato State University. He married Sue Henry in 1977 and they were later divorced. He was a construction manager for various companies including S.J. Groves and Company, Kahler Corporation, and Met Con.

Jeff was a very mechanical guy that could fix anything. He enjoyed home improvement projects, biking, hiking and collecting record albums. Jeff was mellow and well liked by his family and friends. He was a gentle, easy going and fun loving guy who liked to dance and listen to music. The most important thing in Jeff’s life was being “Daddy.” He would happily take his daughters on ten hour marathon shopping trips and made sure to send each of them off to college with a fully-equipped toolbox.

He is survived by his daughters, Heidi (and Chris) Keefer of Grass Valley, Calif., Hayley Zimmerman of Santa Cruz, Calif.; his mother, Marjorie Zimmerman of Owatonna; a sister, Jane Zimmerman of Sauk Rapids; brother, David Lantz of New York, NY; grandmother, Alice Madsen of Mapleton; and several aunts uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Zimmerman.

Visitation will be at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday from 12pm to 2pm. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 2pm at Trinity Lutheran Church with The Reverend Julie Malone officiating. Interment will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Owatonna. Memorial contributions may be given to the family. Arrangements are being handled by Michaelson Funeral Home.

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