Dean Zimmerman

Dean Zimmerman
October 18, 1934 - April 26, 2018
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Dean E. Zimmerman, age 83 of DeWitt passed away at his home on April 26, 2018. He was born in Beatrice on October 18, 1934 to Ally and Florence (Felderman) Zimmerman. After Dean graduated high school, he attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln and received an Ag Degree. He served his country in the Nebraska National Guard and was called up to the U.S. Army Reserves and was discharged as a Sergeant. On March 4, 1972, he married Mary Jane Dillow. Dean worked for Kees Manufacturing, Store Kraft, and Walmart, but, above all, he was a farmer. He enjoyed modifying, reengineering, and redesigning just about everything. He loved animals, hunting, and had quite the sweet tooth. Dean was a member of the Farm Bureau, Nebraska’s Farmer Union, and Rural Youth.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane; daughters, Sarah Endorf and husband Joel of Pierce, NE and Rachel Zimmerman of Lincoln; grandchildren, Luke, Emily, Natalie, and Isaac; brother, Marvin Zimmerman and wife Lois of Plymouth; and a host of extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the First Mennonite Church of Beatrice with Pastor Brett Klingenberg officiating. Interment will be at 10:00 AM Monday at the Oak Grove Cemetery in DeWitt. The body will lie in state Sunday from 12-8:00 PM at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice with family greeting friends from 4-6:00, and not at the church. A memorial has been established to the First Mennonite Church and the DeWitt Fire and Rescue. Sign Dean’s online register book at

These services have been entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel of Beatrice.

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