In Memory of

Floyd J. Zimmer

April 11, 1925 - January 12, 2017
Floyd Joseph Zimmer, the son of John and Kathryn (Hecket) Zimmer, was born in Cherokee, IA on April 11, 1925. He grew up on the family farm, attended Maryhill Catholic School during his primary years, and graduated from Quimby High School. Floyd was proud to have served in the United States Army. His service included duties in the Philippines and New Guinea during WWII, and later, in occupied Korea. He married Beulah Creswell on January 30, 1960, in Sioux City, IA. Their family soon grew to include two children, Dale and Diane. Floyd joined his father in the family farming operation, a legacy that would eventually include his own son and grandsons. Over the years he farmed the ground and raised feeder cattle, a cow/calf herd, and hogs. He loved going to farm sales and county fairs-anywhere he could visit with neighbors and friends. He enjoyed listening to Country Western and Polka music. He was a long-time member of the Maryhill Visitation Church, and later the I.C. Catholic Church. He served in various capacities with both parishes. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Quimby American Legion, and served on the Rural Cherokee Fire Board for over 25 years. Floyd passed away at the Accura Healthcare Center in Cherokee, IA on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at age 91. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Kathryn, a brother Loren, and his son, Dale. Survivors include his wife of nearly 57 years, Beulah; his daughter, Diane and her husband, Bruce Gruetzmacher of Henderson, MN; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Zimmer of Marcus, IA; three grandchildren, John, Jeremy and Jennie Zimmer; two great-grandchildren, Apryl and Sarah Mesler; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther
Jeremy Zimmer John Zimmer Kevin Tapper Kyle Tapper Gerard Kohn
Visitation will be after 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17th at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. The family will be present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS WILL PRAY THE ROSARY AT 4:30 p.m. A prayer service will follow at 7:00 p.m.
Maryhill Visitation Cemetery, rural Cherokee Military graveside rites conducted by Cherokee L.A. Westcott VFW Post #2253 and the Quimby American Legion.


Friday, January 20, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Beulah & Family
Sorry to hear about Skeeter, he was one of a kind and friendly
to everyone. We are unable to attend his funeral as we still
have a lot of ice and is dangerous to be out and about, but
we will be thinking of you and you are in our thoughts and
prayers. Am glad the weather is half way decent today.
God Bless you and your family
Henry & Betty Otto”
- Betty Otto
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Our deepest sympathy for your loss. A very nice man.”
- Jerry and Vicki Menke
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Floyd will be missed. He always had a happy hello when we would see him about town . Very kind man, with a truly good heart and friendly smile. ”
- Patty R Glassmaker
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry to hear about Floyd. He was a great guy that always had time to talk and tell a story. He will be missed.”
- Gary and Karen Rupp
Monday, January 16, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Beulah

Sorry to hear about Floyd. I have been concerned as the last couple times I call i didn't get an answer. Then when our Christmas letter came back I thought you must have moved and I didn't know how to get in touch with Floyd, I always enjoyed his letters and more recently his telephone calls, He was a special person and really the only contact I had with the Zimmer family. He was so helpful when I was putting together the family history as my grandmother was Margaret 'Maggie' Zimmer. She was married to Henry Oberbroeckling. My mother was Betty Oberbroeckling and she married Louis Preusser. They lived near Petersburg, Nebraska. You and Floyd always came to the funerals of the Oberbroecking's at Elgin, Raeville and Petersburg. I brought my mother to the Zimmer reunion and that is where I got acquainted with Floyd. I visited you and Floyd several times out on the farm. Always enjoyed going out to the Maryhill Church.

I don't know if I will be able to make it to the funeral as the weather isn't good from Arkansas to Iowa with the snow and ice. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I will send a memorial to the Greenwood Funeral Home.

Joe Preusser”
- Joe Preusser
Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 12:00 AM

I extend my sympathy and prayer to family regarding Floyd's

passing and will offer Sunday mass today for his departure and
your grief. I arrived here in Florida about a week ago and
will not be able to attend the funeral. Floyd was always a

gentle-man, patient and true, strong in faith and fidelity - truly exemplar. His Eternity is assured. Family can be assured
of this as consolation during this difficult time. May he rest
in Peace - from a long and meaningful life among us.”
- Fr. Gene Sitzmann
Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Our sincere condolences to the entire Zimmer family. I am certain God recognized the treasure that was Floyd. A historian and keeper of the key for Maryhill and Cherokee
county. He was a unique library of memories, stories and facts. A true joy to visit with! Floyd has achieved his reward!”
- susan (wiemold) sutter
Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Our sympathy to your family. Floyd went to school with my mom.”
- Nancy Parrott
Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Floyd was our "Neighbor to the North" and whenever you met him walking on the road, at church, farm sale or in tow he would greet you with "Hello Neighbor!" He was one of the kindest men we had the pleasure to know and he was so good with our boys-also sharing stories and being truly interested in their lives. He was our 1st call in a storm to coordinate who was going to call the electric company or to compare how much rain we got. He and Beulah were what country neighbors should be. We feel blessed to have known Floyd, we missed him when he moved to town and now he will truly be missed. Our deepest sympathies to Beulah and the entire Zimmer family. ”
- Donna Kohn
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