January 15, 2014


Virgil D. Zimmerman, 96, of Carroll, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Peace Lutheran Church in Glidden with Pastor Alan Miller officiating. Friends may call after 5 p.m. Thursday at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. The casket will be moved to Peace Lutheran Church at 8:30 a.m. Friday when visitation will resume.

Organist for the service will be Becky Miller, and trumpet player will be Patrick Box. Casket bearers will be Danny Tigges, Gene Wiederin, Bob Anderson, Jim Zimmerman, Dave Hill, and Gary Tiefenthaler. Honorary casket bearers will be Virgil's grandchildren. Burial will be at Merle Hay Memorial Cemetery near Glidden.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.

Born June 2, 1917, at Lake City, Iowa, he was a son of John and Florence (Kindred) Zimmerman. He grew up on a farm south of Lake City and attended country school. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Peace Lutheran Church in Glidden. After his schooling he worked with his father and later farmed on his own south of Glidden. Virgil played the trumpet, starting as a young boy, for the Johnny Kuker Band traveling all over the Midwest. He later formed his own band called Kings of Rhythm.

He was married to Esther Ott on June 26, 1938, in Carroll by the Rev. Blakey. Virgil and Esther raised their family on two farms, one south of Glidden, and after 1955 south of Ralston. In 1971 they moved to a farm east of Ralston on the old Lincoln Highway. Virgil and Esther owned and operated Virgil's Frosted Mug restaurant in Glidden for many years. They moved to Carroll in 1983 when Virgil retired from farming and went to work for Newton Manufacturing selling advertising materials.

He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Glidden. Virgil enjoyed ballroom dancing and big band music. He also enjoyed flowers, gardening, and collecting classic automobiles and tractors. Virgil drove his white 1965 Cadillac in countless parades in Carroll and all over Iowa.

Virgil is survived by his three children: Sheryl "Sherry" Jane Pemble of Carroll; Doyle Virgil Zimmerman and his wife Diane of Omaha, Neb., and Douglas Dale Zimmerman and his wife Sheryl of Carroll; seven grandchildren: David Pemble and his wife Donna of Carroll, Jacqueline Martin and her husband Jason of Omaha, Neb., Christine Kanger and her husband Ryan of Omaha, Neb., Justin Zimmerman and his fiancée Becky Mollak of Omaha, Neb., Lindsey Brolliar and her husband Nate of Omaha, Neb., Dale Zimmerman of Tripoli, Iowa, and Bradley Zimmerman and his fiancée Dejah Thompson; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother John "Junior" Zimmerman and his wife Dorothy of Ralston; and several nieces and nephews.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Esther, in 2004; and a brother, George.