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Obituary for Herbert S. Zimmerman

The Rev. Herbert S. Zimmerman of Carbondale, IL passed away on Friday, July 24, 2009 surrounded by loving family members and secure in his faith. He was born on May 1, 1923 in New Leipzig, North Dakota, the eighth of nine children of Gottlieb and Johanna Zimmerman. In May, 1946 he graduated from Yankton Theological Seminary in Yankton, SD and was ordained a minister in the Congregational Church, a calling he followed throughout his life. He served United Church of Christ congregations throughout the Northern Plains and West, most notably in Idaho, North and South Dakota and Minnesota. He was a talented woodworker and used those skills to renovate, and in one instance build, the churches he served. Rev. Zimmerman was the Distinguished Alumni Award recipient for the United Theological Seminary in 2008. His life was characterized by his commitment and devotion to his family, his church and his community.

On September 10, 1944, he married Hilda Pahl in the Old Leipzig Church in rural New Leipzig, ND. She was his loving partner and helpmate for more than 64 years. She survives, along with their five children- Sharon, married to John Benshoff of Carbondale, IL, Judith, spouse of Peter Ellsworth of Woods Landing, WY; Douglas and Diane Zimmerman of Springfield, VA; Mark and Betty Zimmerman of Wolverton, MN and Pamela, wife of Robert Firth of Olympia, WA. His legacy will endure in his 9 grandchildren and one great-grandson: Shauna Benshoff Callow of El Sobrante, CA, Kurt, Mark, Luke and Jack Zimmerman of Springfield, VA; Collin Zimmerman of Duluth, MN; Jared Zimmerman of Wolverton, MN; Benjamin and Noah Firth of Olympia, WA and great-grandson, Oren Austin Callow. In addition, he is survived by his sister, Sarah Luithle of Bismarck, ND and his brothers Rubin Zimmerman from Carson, ND and Emanuel Zimmerman, of Elgin, ND.

A memorial service celebrating his life and honoring his legacy will occur at 1:30 p.m., Aug. 30, 2009 in the Bismarck United Church of Christ, 1200 East Highland Acres Rd., Bismarck, ND.

Memorial tributes may be made to Cure PSP, Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (, the United Theological Seminary ( or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation ( GetInvolved/ManyWaysToGive/ Donate/).