Daniel J. Zimmermann, 78, of Highland died on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 29 at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 29 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland, with Father Pat G. Jakel, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland.
He was born on March 8, 1937 in Highland to Cletus and Imogene (Merwin) Zimmermann. On June 9, 1978, he married Carol Ann Robertson. She survives in Highland.
Mr. Zimmermann graduated from St. Paul Catholic School in 1955. He attended Quincy College. He served with Missouri Air National Guard from 1958 to 1964.
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He worked for Highland Machine as a foreman and draftsman. He started building custom homes as a master carpenter and built homes in Highland for more than 50 years. He retired and worked at Aviston Lumber for 15 years.
He was very family oriented. He loved nature and watching wildlife. He also enjoyed deer hunting, goose hunting, and fishing. He was a supporter of Special Olympics. He enjoyed the tradition of attending early-season St. Louis Cardinals baseball games. He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.
Other survivors include sons, John S. (Patricia) Zimmermann of Belleville and Dustin S. “Dusty” Zimmermann of Highland; daughters, Carrie Marie King of McDonough, Ga., Heidi L. Backes of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Danielle H. (Jay) Marlow of Martinez, Ga.; grandchildren, Amanda H. (Jerry) Schwartz of Fairview Heights, Aaron J. Zimmermann of Belleville, Whitley C. (Tyler) Vogel of Eagle River, Wis., Tabitha F. Zimmermann of Evansville, Ind., Kayla Marie King of McDonough, Ga., Tyler J. Marlow of Martinez, Ga., and Ansley H. Marlow of Martinez, Ga.; a great-grandchild, Isaak W. Schwartz of Fairview Heights; and sisters, Marjorie M. “Margie” Capelle of Highland and Carolyn Z. (Gary) Dimig of Colorado Springs, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his father, who died on April 25, 1990; his mother, who died on Oct. 17, 1980; and a brother-in-law, Paul M. Capelle, who died on Jan. 9, 2014.
Memorials may be made to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis or as Masses.