Ronald Earl Zimmerman
Ronald Earl Zimmerman, 75, Lake Mills, passed away Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 at the Lake Mills Care Center. Funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26, at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, Lake Mills, with Kermit Singelstad officiating. Military Rites will be performed by the Lake Mills Otto/Chose American Legion Post #235. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.Burial and graveside service will take place at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27, at the Canby City Cemetery, Canby, Minn.
Ronald Earl Zimmerman was born July 1, 1942 to Godfrey M. and Esther A. (Kamrath) Zimmerman in the Canby Hospital in Canby, Minn.
Ron grew up on a farm west of Porter in Lincoln County, Minn. He attended elementary grades in Porter and graduated from Canby High School. Ron had two older brothers, Dale and Roger.He attended Zacchaeus Lutheran Church, Canby, Minn., where he was baptized and confirmed.
Continuing his education, Ron attended South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D., and graduated in 1966 as a pharmacist. While in college, he joined the ROTC. After college, Ron enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed at the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. At the time of his discharge he was Sergeant 1st Class.
After the military, Ron worked at drug stores in McLaughlin, S.D., Marshalltown, and Britt. In 1986, Ron purchased a drug store in Lake Mills naming it “Zimm’s Drug.” He was a well-known businessman in Lake Mills, retiring in 2004.
Ron enjoyed gardening and flowers. He traveled in the west a number of times, as well as making a trip to Germany and Switzerland. He spent time hunting with his dad and friends. At one time, Ron owned a small sailboat. He liked to spend free time with his family and friends.
After his retirement, he became active in the Otto Chose Post #235, Lake Mills. He took part in many funerals serving on the honor guard.
Survivors include his brother, Dale, and wife, Dorothy Zimmerman, Porter, Minn.; sister-in-law, Janice Zimmerman, Canby, Minn.; five nieces; and two very special friends, David Anderson and Linda Severson, both of Lake Mills.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Godfrey and Esther; and brother, Roger.