L.J. ‘Junior’ Zimmer

FAIRMONT — Mass of Christian Burial for L.J. “Junior” Zimmer, 85, of Fairmont, Minn., will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 8, 2021, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont. Burial will follow the service at Calvary Cemetery, Fairmont. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2021, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. The family asks that people are mindful of social distancing guidelines, the wearing of masks and best practices in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Those wishing to view the service may do so at the following link, https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/69794022, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 8.

Junior passed away of natural causes Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, at Banner Casa Grande Medical Center in Casa Grande, Ariz. Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Lambert J. “Junior” Zimmer, 85, was born Nov. 14, 1935, in Emmetsburg, Iowa, the son of Lambert J., Sr. and Mathilda (Hildman) Zimmer. At age 2, the family moved to a farm by Fairmont. He attended grade school at St. Paul’s Catholic School. He graduated from Fairmont High School in 1953. On Nov. 22, 1958, Junior was united in marriage to Carol Rowley at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont. They were blessed with four children, Neil, Cindy, Kimberly, and Kent. Junior worked for several area farmers, Cashway Gas & Oil, General Trading and Harold Conkling, Excavating. He joined the National Guard in 1958. In 1961 he bought Harold Conkling, Excavating, and started Junior Zimmer, Excavating. In 1970, Bill Thate joined the business and it became Zimmer and Thate, Inc., Excavating. They sold the business in 1992. He then worked at Beemers, got his real estate license, and worked for Cavers Realty. Junior was very proud of his four children, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, spending as much time as possible with them. A highlight for 35 years was the summer family vacation to Sunset Lodge on Potato Lake. He enjoyed hunting, fishing (especially ice fishing), golfing and traveling. He and Carol traveled for 12 years in a motor home throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. They spent their winters in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California, eventually settling in Casa Grande, Ariz. during the winter months. Junior and Carol shared 62 years of marriage. Junior was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Martin County Conservation Club, the Elks Lodge, and a former member of Interlaken Golf Club. Junior is survived by his wife, Carol of Fairmont, Minn.; children, Neil Zimmer (Tamara Harmon) of Kasson, Minn., Cindy (David) Staloch of Chanhassen, Minn., Kimberly (Greg) Hickcox of Lindstrom, Minn.; Kent Zimmer of Minnetonka, Minn.; grandchildren, Ben (Sarah) Siebert, Gretchen (Jim) Niemann, Morgan Staloch, Jordan, Ethan, and Arran Hickcox, Austin, Brooklynn, Evan, and Chelsea Zimmer; great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Graham and Sullivan Siebert, Macklyn Niemann; siblings, Jack Zimmer of Fairmont, Marlys Warman of St. Paul, Minn., Bonnie Larson of Swea City, Iowa, Angela (Joe) Brinkman of Seven Bays, Wash., Mary Jo Neusch of Fairmont; sister-in-law, Phyllis Nagel of Blue Earth, Minn.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Lambert and Mathilda Zimmer, and parents-in-law, Edwin and Florence Rowley, Junior was also preceded in death by an infant brother; sister, Darlene Askeland and husband, Harlan; brother, Jerry Zimmer and wife Connie; sister, Sally Keough and husband John; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Charles Neusch, Nelda Zimmer, Bob Warman, Fred and Joyce Werner and Arnold Nagel. Memorials are preferred to Knights of Columbus, SJV School Endowment Fund, SJV Catholic Church, Martin County Conservation Club or the donor’s choice.