Dale W. Zimmermann Sr., 82, of Kiel died peacefully Thursday morning, July 23, 2020 at his residence with his family by his side.
Dale was born Feb. 7, 1938 in Kiel, son of the late Carl and Marie (Henning) Zimmermann Sr. He attended Woodland Park Grade School and Kiel High School. Dale participated in band, football, and softball while in high shool. He was employed with Tecumseh Products for 31 years, retiring on June 1, 2000. In his retirement Dale enjoyed working at Badger Creek Golf Course as a member of the grounds crew. Dale enjoyed hunting and fishing, bowling, golfing, dartball, creating buildings out of wood, as well as sudoku puzzles. Dale was a Packer shareholder, and looked forward to a good Packers or Brewers game. Dale was an active member of the Kiel Municipal Band for 50 years, playing tuba until 2019. He also was a member of IAM (International Association of Machinist) for over 50 years.
In October 1960 Dale married Dorothy Schwoerer. On May 5, 1979 he married Carol (Rusch) Sturtz at St. Peter’s UCC. She preceded him in death on July 15, 1997. On Dec. 26, 2004 he married Nancy (Wittmann) Naujok at St. Peter’s UCC.
He is survived by his wife Nancy; six children, Dale (Julie) Zimmermann Jr. of New Holstein, Debra (Kevin) Blackburn of Tennessee, Larry Sturtz of California, Lisa (John) Schwarz of St. Anna, Christopher (Roberta) Naujok of Hudson, and Jeffery (Brittany) Naujok of Colorado; 10 grandchildren, Jesse Hoier, Taylor Zimmermann; Lionel (Jamie) Clark; Lisa (Robert) Starcher Jr.; Sasha, Hunter, and Sierra Sturtz; Charlie (Stephanie) and Patrick (Courtney) Schwarz; Carol and Marie Naujok; and Jason and Reagan Naujok; 11 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren. Dale is further survived by his three sisters-in-law, Betty Zimmermann, Ruth Zimmerman, and Jeanette Boettcher; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Dale was preceded in death by his second wife, Carol Zimmermann; his parents, Carl and Marie Zimmermann; granddaughter Abby Hoier; brothers and sisters Margaret (Arnold) Pautz, Gladys (Tony) Hoerth, Carl Zimmermann Jr., Rogene (Clarence) Faust, Robert Zimmermann, and Daniel (Florence) Zimmermann; and brothers-in-law Milton Thielke, Elroy Puetz, Alvis Faust, Eugene (Betty) Rusch, and Wyman Boettcher.
The family will greet relatives and friends on Sunday, July 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Bethlehem UCC, 11608 Lax Chapel Rd., Kiel. Social distancing will be encouraged and masks will be required during the visitation. Private family funeral services for Dale will be held at a later time, with burial to follow in the Kiel Belitz Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established for the Kiel Municipal Band.
The family would like to thank St. Nicholas Home Care and Hospice for the wonderful care they gave to Dale and his family, allowing him to be home during his illness.
Dale could not have asked for a more loving, caring, giving, partner than you, Nancy. Thank you for all the love and care you gave him.
Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home, Kiel is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.