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July 22, 2018

5/11/2018 12:07:00 PM
Memorial service and Celebration of Life for Larry Zimmerman May 19 at SUMC

Rev. Lawrence "Larry" Zimmerman, 83, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, formerly of Racine, passed away on Nov. 30, 2017, following a short illness. He was surrounded by his family.
Lawrence Curtin Zimmerman was born on Nov. 18, 1934 at the family home in Frankford Township, Mower County, Minnesota, to Rolland and Helen (King) Zimmerman. He grew up on the family farm, attended rural school District 35 in Racine through the fifth grade and graduated from Stewartville High School in 1952. He attended North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, earning a bachelors degree in biology, and attended Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville, receiving his bachelors degree in divinity in 1960.
Larry was married on Aug. 17, 1957 to Claudia Banker. Following their marriage the couple lived in or near several communities where he served as Pastor including Basey/Granada (1960-1966), Pine River/Pequot Lakes (1966-1971) and Perham/Richville/Dent (1971-1975). They were later divorced.  Rev. Zimmerman moved to Minneapolis and also lived in Bloomington for a few years.
Larry was married on Feb. 20, 1977 in Minneapolis to Catherine Ambroz Omacht. They moved to Slayton/Lake Wilson (1977-1986) where Rev. Zimmerman continued his ministry and then on to Dodge Center (1986-1990). After his retirement as a full-time pastor of the United Methodist Church, they moved to Rochester, where Larry was employed with Olmsted County District Courts as a Guardian/Conservator until his second retirement in 2005. Cathy and Larry were later divorced. Larry moved to Fort Wayne in 2017 to live closer to his family.
Family gatherings and family history were important to Larry. He also enjoyed hiking and camping, gardening, reading, puzzles and games, and traveling. He enjoyed visiting with his many friends and time spent with family, especially his grandchildren.
Larry is survived by one daughter and two sons, Curt (Cheryl) Zimmerman of Cary, Illinois, Carla (Rodney) Embree of Fort Wayne, and Craig (Laura) Zimmerman of Madison, Ohio; step-daughter, Jan (Pete) Omacht-Anderson of Minneapolis, and stepson, John (Carmen) Omacht of Stewartville; three grandchildren, Isaac Embree, Eden Embree, and Emily Zimmerman; five step-grandchildren, James Anderson, William Anderson, Charles Anderson, Chase Omacht, and Kyah Omacht; his brother, Donald Zimmerman, and brother-in-law, Leo Bernard. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law Maribelle "Terri" Zimmerman. His sister, Eleanor Bernard, died in March of this year.
A memorial service and Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Stewartville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Rick Ormsby and Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Refreshments will be served after the service.
Burial and a committal service will follow at Salem Cemetery in rural Racine.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Heifer International in his honor.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Online condolences are welcome at

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