Lauren Zimmermann

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Service of Remembrance for Lauren Zimmermann, 62, Perkins County, SD Rancher and Cattleman will be Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 at the Assembly of God Church in Hettinger, ND at 11:00 a.m.  Rev. Brad Burkhalter will officiate and burial will immediately follow at the Holland Center Cemetery, rural Lodgepole, SD.  Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 18 at the Centennial Chapel of Evanson Jensen from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by a gathering of Family and Friends at 7:30 p.m.

Lauren Chris Zimmermann, known to many as LZ, was born on December 11, 1952 in Hettinger, ND to Chris and Hazel (Redlin) Zimmermann.  The second of four kids, he received all of his education in Hettinger with the exception of 2nd grade in Washington state, where Chris and Hazel moved the family in hopes that Lauren would get relief from his chronic asthma.  He graduated from Hettinger High School in 1970.

After high school he spent 4 years at Hettinger Hospital, enjoying all the people he worked with.  He worked in several different roles, but he talked the most about his time as an EMT and in billing.

In September of 1974, Lauren married the love of his life, Norma LeFebre.  To this union three children were born:  Rick, Scott and Heather.  After marriage, they ranched west of Lodgepole in partnership with Dr. Gerald Sailer for several years.  In the fall of 1979, they purchased the ranch south of Hettinger that they would operate together until Lauren’s passing.

Lauren loved ranching and working with cattle.  He enjoyed every aspect of his job, particularly feeding calves and the connections that he made with people while doing it.  He followed the markets, sales and weather religiously to figure out the best possible plan for feeding and marketing his calves.  He was blessed with a very sharp mind and uncanny memory.  He could do extensive math in his head, remember phone numbers from twenty years ago and break down the weather from every winter since he was a kid.   Lauren was also an eternal optimist.  No matter how bad things got, he was always sure they were going to turn around.  He lived by example, despite the fact that he battled health problems his entire life, he never felt sorry for himself.  He was tough as nails, but soft at heart.  He was always concerned with those that may be worse off.

Lauren was active in the community, as well as at home.  He served on the boards of Perkins County Rural Water and the Grand River Grazing Association for many years.  He was also a devoted member of Holland Center Church, and served on the church consistory for several terms.  He supported mission services as well, active in the STEER, INC. evangelical charity and the Gideon s program.  He had great faith in God, and knew he would spend eternity with Jesus.

Lauren took great pride in his family.  He loved that ranching was a family business, getting to spend his life working side by side with his parents, and then his wife and kids. He was looking forward to next summer when his grandson would be able to spend more time in the field with him.  Family meals were always a favorite time, as Lauren loved to tell stories and laugh.  He was a true entertainer, and could find humor in nearly any situation.

Lauren passed away December 12, 2014 at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, ND due to complications from a series of strokes, just one day after his 62nd birthday.  Lauren is survived by his wife Norma (LeFebre) of 40 years, two sons: Rick (Stephanie) Zimmermann and Scott (Kalli) Zimmermann both of Hettinger, ND, daughter Heather Zimmermann of Eagan, MN and his beloved grandson Jake Zimmerman, adoring sisters Karen (Gary) Brown, Snohomish, WA and Kathy (Chris) Rogers, Bellevue, WA and brother Ray (Cindy) Zimmermann of Bismarck, ND, five special nephews:  Ryan, Kevin and Tyler Zimmermann and Kyle and Greg Brown, mother-in-law Henrietta LeFebre, and aunts and uncles Henry and Minetta Zimmermann, Rueben and Lois Zimmermann, Elmer and Carol Ann Zimmermann, Anita Mansfield, Helen and Rollin Carlson, Lee and Marion Lynch, Rudy Will and numerous cousins.

Lauren was preceded in death by his grandparents, his parents Chris and Hazel Zimmermann, father-in-law Arnold LeFebre, aunts Luella Will, Delores Olsen and Esther Redlin, and uncles Orville Redlin, Marvin Mansfield and Roland Olsen.

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