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Victor Zimmerman

Funeral services for Victor Zimmerman of Chokio, will be held Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chokio. Reverend Gloria J. Anderson will be officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chokio and for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery in Morris.

Victor Edward Zimmerman, son of Oscar and Louise (Scheelk) Zimmerman, was born the 7th of 12 children on Oct. 3, 1922 in Everglade Township in Stevens County. He was baptized at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Chokio on Oct. 22, 1922 by Revered Pilgrim. During and following his schooling at Rural District #62, he worked with his parents on the family farm near Chokio. At the age of twenty, Vic's father died and Vic took on the responsibility of operating the family farm to help support his mother and five younger siblings. On March 6, 1948, Victor was united in marriage to Doris Jean Christensen at Zion Lutheran Church in Chokio. The couple moved on to the Zimmerman family farm, where Vic lived his entire life. Vic and Doris raised four children and a variety of farm animals over the next 63 years.

Vic had a strong work ethic and was very innovative. He was always thinking of ways to improve his farming operation to make jobs easier. During his life he raised nearly every type of livestock but in 1960 he specialized in egg production. This involvement in egg production by the Zimmerman family spanned over 50 years. He taught his family to all work together until the work was done. He liked to say "Work hard when we work and play hard when we play".

Victor was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chokio. He served on the Building Committee for West Central Home and enjoyed bowling on the church league. He was a charter member of the 9-F Sportsman Club in Morris and an officer in the Chokio Sportsman Club. His passion for hunting took him to several parts of North America and he especially loved hunting with his family in the north woods. He was a lifetime member of the NRA. During his 50 years in the egg business he was also a member of the United Egg Producers Association.

Victor died on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris, having lived to reach the age of 88 years.

He is survived by his wife: Doris Zimmerman of Chokio; four children: Vicki (Kevin) Smith of Champaign, Ill., Corey Zimmerman of Chokio, Kelly (Paula) Zimmerman of Chokio, and Jean Clemmons of Hartland, Wis.; eight grandchildren: Maggie, Danny and Joe Smith, Melissa, Jenny and Matt Zimmerman and Amanda and Alyssa Clemmons; two step-grandchildren: Alex and Adam Myers; one brother: Phil (Fran) Zimmerman of Minneapolis; three sisters: Gertie Brunkow of Morris, Doris (Edward) Heuer of Minneapolis and Joy Dougherty of Chicago, Ill. and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law: Kelly Jo Zimmerman; four brothers: Reuben, Herb, Wally and Paul Zimmerman and three sisters: Luella Becker, Ruth Hawke and Ruby Aswege.

Pallbearers for the service are: Harlan Staples, Dennis Wernsing, Dick Christensen, Chris Melberg, Jan Christensen, Eddie Chalupnik and Delroy Zimmerman. Julene Amborn will serve as organist for the service. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.

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