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Alan Zimmerman, 67, of Brownton

Alan Zimmerman

Alan Zimmerman, 67, of Brownton, died Sunday Jan. 12, surrounded by his loving wife and four children at his home.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Friday Jan. 17, at Crosspoint Church (1215 Roberts Road) in Hutchinson, with Pastor Rick Stapleton officiating.
A gathering of family and friends was held all at the church from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday one hour prior to the memorial service. Interment was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.
Ethan Clemenson, Eli Clemenson, and Jerremy Jacobs served as urn-bearers.
Alan Fredrick Zimmerman was born Jan. 28, 1952, in Glencoe, the son of Burton and Ruth (Rickert) Zimmerman. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. He graduated from Brownton High School in 1970.
On February 18, 1971, Mr. Zimmerman enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed on the USS Constellation as an electronics technician. He completed two tours to Vietnam prior to his honorable discharge in 1974. Shortly after returning home from the service, Mr. Zimmerman began studying welding at the community and technical college in Hutchinson.
Alan was united in marriage with Kathy Payne Oct. 4, 1975, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. This union of 44 years was blessed with children Laurie, Leah, Melinda and Jeffrey.
Alan and Kathy owned and operated a dairy farming operation on the Zimmerman family homestead. In 1991, they made the difficult decision to participate in the government dairy buyout program and sold their herd of cows. This transitioned Alan to owning and operating Lake Marion Welding and Repair. In 2002, he began A & J Zimmerman Inc, a trucking company specializing in gravel hauling.
Mr. Zimmerman was very passionate about John Deere garden tractors. He started Weekend Freedom Machines in the early 2000s, a club of John Deere enthusiasts. This membership led to the creation of AlZ Welding, a business of designing and manufacturing parts and attachments for John Deere tractors. Alan continued AlZ Welding until the summer of 2019 when he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Mr. Zimmerman loved wintering in Naples, Fla. with his wife Kathy. He enjoyed restoring and driving his classic cars, camping with his family, and caring for his lawn. He was a member of Crosspoint Church in Hutchinson. Mr. Zimmerman will be remembered for his witty and dry sense of humor, his determination and love for his family.
Alan is preceded in death by his parents, Burton and Ruth Zimmerman; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dale and Wauneta Payne.
Mr. Zimmerman is survived by his loving family, wife, Kathy Zimmerman of Brownton; daughters and sons-in-law, Laurie Fiala of Brownton, Leah and Erik Clemenson of Glyndon, Melinda and Jason Jacobs of Ft. Myers, Fla.; son, Jeffrey Zimmerman of Brooklyn Center; grandchildren, Ethan and Eli Clemenson, Jerremy Jacobs; sisters and brothers-in-law, Judith and Darwin Terhark of Phoenix, Ariz., Naomi and James Stinson of Spicer, Carol and Mark Riese of Victoria; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Cheryl and Mark Sanken of Hutchinson, Lynne and James Richardson of Alexandria; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia handled the arrangements. Its website is www.johnsonfh.com and it hosts obituaries and guestbook information.