Jerry Lee Zimmer, age 64, of Bay City, Wis., passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 1, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
He was born the eighth child to Lambert J. and Matilda M. (Hildeman) Zimmer on Dec. 11, 1944, in Fairmont, Minn. He would graduate from high school there in 1962 and then enlist in the US Navy, serving from 1962-65. On March 11, 1963, he was united in marriage to Connie Sue Hansen in Fairmont. They would be blessed with four children: Deb, Jerri Lynn, Scott, and Todd. Jerry retired in March of 2003 as computer analyst at Lockheed-Martin, but his true passion was farming. He also loved being a grandfather, fishing, antique cars, and classic country music.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Connie in March of 1997; his son, Todd, daughter-in-law, Michelle and granddaughter, Haylee in March of 2003; his brother, Stanley; sister, Darlene Askeland; and his parents.
Jerry is survived by his daughters, Deb (Pat) Schommer and Jerri Lynn Zimmer, both of Bay City; son, Scott (Niki) Zimmer of Ellsworth; seven grandchildren: Brooke, Tasha and Mara Schommer, Cody and Ashley Zimmer, Jordan and Brady Zimmer; two brothers and six sisters; extended family and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held for Jerry at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5, at St. Francis Catholic Church, 264 S. Grant in Ellsworth. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Visitations were on Monday, May 4, from 5-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the Mass, all at church. Services have been entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, 715-386-3725. www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com