Jack A. Zimmer

Jack A. Zimmer

June 20, 1956 – Sept. 5, 2020

Jack Alan Zimmer was born June 20, 1956, in Friend, to Levi and Shirley (Johnson) Zimmer and passed away Sept. 5, 2020, in Lincoln, from injuries sustained doing what he loved, at the age of 64 years, 2 months and 16 days. Jack grew up in the Beaver Crossing area where he attended school and graduated from Centennial High School with the Class of 1974. He then attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jack returned to the family farm after college. He joined his dad and brother where they started Lee Zimmer and Sons. Together they hauled livestock, raised cattle and hogs and sold Hubbard feed. On March 6, 1981, Jack was united in marriage to Debra Pankoke at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Goehner, and to this union, three sons were born, Jake, Justin and Josh. In 1984, they moved to Grand Island to work with the Monfort packing plant. In 2008, Jack and his boys started ZBI Inc. Jack was passionate about chopping silage and took pride in working with his family. Jack always did things big, whether it was family time, vacations or working. Jack was a people person and anyone that knew him knows that talking to people in person or on the phone consumed most of his day. He took much pride in his grandkids, including following their activities, telling them stories or teaching them his best tricks, especially when it came to getting treats. He treasured his dogs, wherever he went, they went. Jack loved playing cards and always found a way to win, especially when you weren’t  looking. His contagious smile, laugh and gift to gab will be missed by everyone that knew him.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Tyson Zimmer.

Survivors cherishing his memory include his wife, Debra Zimmer, Friend; sons, Jake Zimmer and wife Chantal, Cordova, Justin Zimmer and wife Megan, Friend, Josh Zimmer and wife Bailey, Friend; eight grandchildren: Savannah, Levi, Lane, Gentry, Sullivan, Raylan, Wyatt and a baby on the way; sister, Brenda and Doug Bruns, Waco; brother, Mark Zimmer, Cordova and a host of family and friends.

A memorial service is planned Thursday, Oct. 15, at Harvest Hall on the Seward County Fairgrounds.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Zimmer family for future designations. Condolences may be left for the family at www.zabkafuneralhome.com.

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