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Lester Zimmerman

Lester D Zimmerman

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018
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Surrounded by his family, Lester D. Zimmerman, 77, passed away on December 18, 2018 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. Les was born to Ellen Cooper-Zimmerman on November 17, 1941 in Orofino, Idaho. Family was everything to Les; he was raised by a loving mother and grandmother until, in 1953, his mother met Kenneth Zimmerman who became Les’s adopted father.
In 1962 Les married the love of his life Donna Nelson. Together they raised four children. Over the years, he worked for Anaconda, Champion, US Plywood, and Stimson Lumber to provide for his family. Les was a kind hearted soul that enjoyed spending time with his family and telling stories. He was always there to lend a helping hand and was known as a jack of all trades. He was a gifted mechanic with a mind that could take apart and fix anything.
Les is preceded in death by his wife, Donna; mother, Ellen; father, Kenneth; and his daughter-in-law, Lisa. He is survived by his four children James (Julie), David (Tricia), Sherie Leese (Rod) and Mike (Kris) along with many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and his three brothers Danya, Steve, and Doug.
We hope that you will help us celebrate Les’s life at Garden City Funeral Home on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 11:00 am. A reception will follow. Burial will take place at Missoula City Cemetery at 2:00 pm.
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    Thursday, December 27th, 2018 | 11:00am
    Thursday, December 27th, 2018 11:00am
    Garden City Funeral Home & Crematory
    1705 West Broadway
    MISSOULA, MT 59808
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Harold Nelson

Posted at 12:14pm
Les was a great father, friend and all around human being. His legacy is his children and the memories he leaves behind. He was a gentle, kind soul and will be missed. Our heartfelt condolences to his family, Harold, Anne, Autumn and Erikka.

Autumn Donavan-Nelson

Posted at 12:08pm
Les was a man with a kind soul and had many talents and tricks up his sleeve. . I remember so many memories shared with him and Donna and of course one could not forget when he got princess. He shared with me tricks of the trade to drive down hwy 200 when I was new to the family and was driving back and forth to U of M. Les you will be missed very much. We love you!! Autumn And family

Jack D. Jones and Allen and Kathy Spurger

Posted at 05:02pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Larry, Jeanie, Jamie and Jacee Ball

Posted at 01:50pm
After getting to know Jim and meeting his brother this summer there is no doubt this was a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
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Shelley Koontz

Posted at 08:14am
Les was our first real friend when we bought our property in Forest Park and remained so until we moved in October of this year. We always knew that we could count on him for help. He was our "go to guy". We loved his classic "Hello" when he answered the phone. It always made us smile. Our first introduction to Les was our mutual love for standard poodles. His Princess and our Montana pups had fun together in his backyard. We will always think very highly of him and miss him just like countless others who would honk a Hello as they drove by. With our deepest sympathy to the family, Mark and Shelley Koontz

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