Donald Zimmermann

Donald Zimmermann, age 81, of Lamberton, Minnesota, died on December 22, 2013, at Valley View Manor Care Center in Lamberton, MN.

Visitation will be on Friday, December 27, from 4-8 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Lamberton Chapel and will continue on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Lamberton, MN.

Service will be held at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Lamberton, MN, on Saturday, December 28, at 10:30 a.m.

The clergy will be Pastor Allen Brakke.

Interment will be at the Lamberton Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Lamberton, MN.

On line condolences may be left for the family at

Donald Zimmermann was born on February 19, 1932 to Walter and Erna (Gerth) Zimmermann in Waterbury Township in Redwood County. He attended school through the 4th grade at District 85 in Waterbury Township and graduated from South High School in Minneapolis. Don was united in marriage to Lois Otto on August 25, 1953, at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. This August would have marked their 60th anniversary. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1955 stationed in Baumholder, Germany after his basic training at Fort Ord in California and Fort Riley in Kansas. The couple returned to Lamberton and farmed in Waterbury Township before moving to Lamberton in September of 1999. Don served on the board of DHIA for two terms, president for one, was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church serving on the council for two terms, president for one, and served as a delegate to the AMPI District Convention. He enjoyed swimming, fishing, visiting, collecting John Deere paraphernalia, reading, playing computer solitaire, puzzle books, and watching Wheel of Fortune. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He will be remembered by his family as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He is survived by children, Bev Zimmermann of Marshall, Denise (Mike) Pelz of Plymouth, Kevin (Jane) Zimmermann of Lamberton, Roger (Kerri) Zimmermann of Lamberton, Kari (Dan) Morisette of Marshall; grandchildren, Lindsay Pelz of Marshall, Brittany (Bryan) Tetrick of Mayer, Amy Zimmermann of Bemidji, Dianne (Ben) Pohlmann of Golden Valley, Mark Zimmermann of Lamberton, Sara Zimmermann of Bemidji, and Kameron, Ryon, Kegan, and Zak Zimmermann of Lamberton; great-grandchildren, Isaac Pohlmann of Golden Valley, and Finley Pelz of Marshall; sisters-in-law Jan Zimmermann of Waseca, Dorothy Otto of St. James, and Maxine Otto of Redwood Falls; brother-in-law Leon Otto of Redwood Falls; and many nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; wife Lois in 2012; son Gregory; brothers, Gerald and Ray; brothers-in-law, Norman, Leonard and Jim; sisters-in-law, LuVerne, Eunice and Eleanor.

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