Clinton Zimmerman

Clinton J. Zimmerman, 89, of Sanborn, died on Jan. 9, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.

Clinton had a strong desire to help other people in need and had made the decision to donate his body for medical research. 

Celebration of Life Services will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at  St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.   Chaplain Noel Wetter and Pastor Jay Jeong will officiate the services.  Interment will be held at a later date.

Clinton Judd Zimmerman was born on June 23, 1927, in Sanborn, Minnesota, the son of George Daniel and Emma Grace (Haeske) Zimmerman. 

Clinton attended Sanborn Public School and worked as a butcher at the locker plant in Sanborn before enlisting in the Navy on August 5, 1944.  He completed his basic training Oct. 4, 1944 in Farragut, Idaho, and went on to serve as a Seabee in the US Naval Construction Forces.  Clinton was stationed in Saipan and Okinawa where he worked on the construction of airstrips and roadways.  Clinton was honorably discharged from the Navy on May 16, 1946.

After Clinton returned from the service, he went on to work in novelty sales which included such products as hats, T-shirts, pens and various other products; later in life he worked on the development, marketing and sales of different food products such as salad dressing and frozen baked beans in Lamberton.

Clinton was a lifelong member of the Sanborn United Methodist Church and was a lifelong active member of the Sanborn American Legion Post No. 286. Clinton actively participated every year in the annual Watermelon Days celebration in Sanborn.  He loved the parade, the carnival, and the crowd of people that came to the event every year.  Clinton lived his entire life in Sanborn and he was very proud of his hometown.   

Clinton was everyone’s favorite uncle.  In Clinton’s younger years, he was able to take his nieces and nephews to an event of their choice.    For the nieces, it meant a trip to the cities to see the Ice Follies and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. At the airport, they were able to meet Tiny Tim walking down the jet way carrying his ukulele.  After Clinton explained to his nieces who Tiny Tim was, Tiny Tim signed autographs for the girls.  These are memories that Clinton created for his nieces that have lasted a lifetime.  For the nephews, it was either fishing, hunting or going to the Sanborn Four Corners for a good meal and a piece of pie.  He also enjoyed the company of his neighbors and their families. He was especially fond of Brian and Stephen Geis and they were known to call him uncle too.  Clinton loved the children at the daycare at St. John Lutheran Home.  They were very special to him and he would light up when they came to visit him. 

Clinton is survived by his brothers, LeRoy Zimmerman of Granite Falls and Virgle Zimmerman of Sanborn; and sister-in-law, Joyce Zimmerman of Windom; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.  

He is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Frederick (Fred) Zimmerman and wife Grace, Herbert (Herb) Zimmerman and wife Leona, Robert (Bob) Zimmerman and wife Mayme and Clifford (Douglas) Zimmerman; one sister, Laura (Zimmerman) Eller; sisters-in-law, Norma A. (Moll) Zimmerman and Norma L. (Just) Zimmerman.

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