Kenneth John Zimmer died on Thursday morning, Nov. 14, 2019 at the age of 90.

Kenneth “Ken” was born on July 8, 1929 to John and Lillian Zimmer in Ladysmith. He had three brothers, Matthew, Leo and Baby Fred, along with two sisters, Delores and Coletta.

Ken was mechanically inclined since he was a boy. At the age of 16, Ken completely built a tractor, from scratch, improving on it and adding onto it throughout the years. It was used for snow removal and logging throughout his life. The tractor is still operational to this day.

For several years Ken played baseball with the Tony Village baseball team (Pre-Hayshaker League). The Zimmer family were avid baseball players and fans.

He was drafted during the Korean War and served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953, spending a year in Paris, France.

On Sept. 23, 1967 Ken married Kathryn (Kathy) Klar from Winter at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winter. Ken built the house for his wife and him and the children they would have. Five children were born to this union, Kenneth “Kenny”, Michael “Mike”, Karen, Kelly and Patrick “Pat”.

Ken began his career for the Rusk County Highway Department in 1963 as a mechanic and later retired in 1994 as the Rusk County Highway Commissioner.

Ken was a doer with a very strong work ethic. He was a modest, wise man, whose Catholic faith was very important to him. He had a great sense of humor, and was quick witted. He was a good listener, a problem solver, the kind of man you could go to for advice or comfort if needed.

Ken is survived by his wife, Kathryn and five children, Kenny (Angel) Zimmer, Mike (Anita) Zimmer, Karen (Kurt) Koehler, Kelly (Dave) Tindol and Pat (Jodi) Zimmer. Also, he is survived by 11 grandchildren, Jake, Kobe, Sam, Charlie, Lauren, Ben, Carly, Louis, Emma, Sophia and Alexis and two great-grandchildren, Elias and Brekken. Surviving are also his sister, Coletta Fiser; his brother, Leo Zimmer and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his parents, John and Lillian Zimmer; his sister, Delores (Gene) Fedyn; his brother, Matthew (Henrietta) Zimmer; his infant brother, Fredrick Zimmer; his niece, Mary Baughman; sister-in-law, Laura Zimmer and brother-in law, Don Fiser.

A memorial mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, with Father Inna Pothireddy and Deacon Doug Sorenson officiating.

Nash-Jackan Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements.