Dale Zimmerman

Dale Zimmerman

Tuesday, November 8th, 1921 - Friday, September 20th, 2019
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Marvel “Dale” Zimmerman, age 97, passed away on September 20, 2019 at Life Care Center of Longmont, Longmont, Colorado.

Mr. Zimmerman was born on November 8, 1921 in Berwyn, Nebraska in his family’s sod house. Dale’s father, Lewis Ray Zimmerman and mother Dora Elizabeth (Klitzman) Zimmerman homesteaded in this area. He grew up in the area of Ansley, Nebraska spending his entire young life in this area prior to moving to Richmond, CA to work in the Richmond shipyards. He subsequently enlisted in the U.S. Navy (1943 - 1946) and U.S. Navy Reserve (1946 – 1950). During his time in the service, he was stationed stateside and overseas, visiting Scotland, England, Italy, and Shanghai, China. He saw service on the Queen Mary, the USS Bayfield (D-Day, Omaha Beach), and the USS Osage.

After his time in the service, Dale studied for and received his B.S. in Industrial Arts from Colorado A&M (now CSU), Dec 1950. He continued working as an instructor and U.S. government employee with the FAA, using his military training in the field of radar and electronic communications.

Dale was married to the love of his life, Marjorie Jean (Mott) in Broken Bow, NE on June 17, 1947. They had five children: Catherine Gail (Newkirk), Sheila Ann (Lybarger), Linda Kay (Tice), Roberta Jean (Oliver), and Michael Dale Zimmerman.

Dale was preceded in death by his brother Orvil Ray Zimmerman (Dec 1911), his mother Dora Elizabeth (Apr 29, 1965), his father Lewis Ray Zimmerman (Dec 17, 1974), his brother, Orvin Kenneth Zimmerman (Dec 14, 1995 – Roseville, CA), his wife Marjorie Jean (Mott) Zimmerman (Oct 25, 1993), and daughter Sheila Ann (Zimmerman) Lybarger (June 19, 2019).

Dale was a strong Christian believer, serving consistently at his local churches as a teacher, deacon, or usher (wherever he was needed). As an employee of the U.S. Government, he moved around the country, residing in Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, Texas, and Oklahoma. He loved to travel and explore, enjoying many family vacations through the years. He had a very strong love of Bible study, geography, history, photography, camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting. He loved to listen to and enjoyed music, and instilled that love of music into his children. Dale loved to play with words. You could frequently hear him substitute like-sounding words just to see if anyone would notice (i.e. ‘Good mormon’ for ‘Good morning’).

Words to sum up Dale’s life:

· Consistently, always curious
· Strong Christian Believer
· Wicked sense of humor
· Fun loving
· Of strong moral character and sense of responsibility

Dale’s celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, Sept 25, 2019 at the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel at 326 Terry St, Longmont, CO at 10:30 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to:

The American Cancer Society ( or
The Carter Center (
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Ahlberg Funeral Chapel
    326 Terry St.
    LONGMONT, CO 80501
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  • Service

    Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 10:30am
    Ahlberg Funeral Chapel
    326 Terry St.
    LONGMONT, CO 80501
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  • Interment

    Foothills Gardens of Memory Cemetery
    14251 N. 107th Street
    LONGMONT, CO 80504
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    Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.


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Ardith Erickson

Posted at 11:24am
When I first met Sheila, she invited me to her folk's home for Thanksgiving. The minute I started chatting with her dad, I knew that he liked me and the feeling was mutual. Whenever I had a chance to see him again, he would always have a smile on his face. Sheila would ask him if he remembered me and he would always say "Of course, I remember!" and then he would call me by name. I will always feel good that I could make a friend out of someone that took me into their house and fed me Thanksgiving dinner. God Bless you Dale Zimmerman!

Michael Zimmerman Posted at 12:03am

Thank you Ardith for the kind words.

Patricia Doane

Posted at 12:47am
Dale was my Dad, Clarence Eggleston's double cousin. I'm so sorry that I haven't been able to keep in better contact with him since we ended up living in the same state. Several years ago Dale and one of his daughters made a trip down to Alamosa to see us and I believe that was the last time I saw him. He was quite a guy and will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

Pat Eggleston Doane and Roger W. Doane

Michael Zimmerman Posted at 12:04am

Thank you Pat

Shirley Eggleston Amerine

Posted at 10:56am
What a wonderful, long life he had. Our Dad Lloyd Eggleston shared childhood memories with us. Another angel from the family has entered Heaven.
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