Redlin Funeral Home

Willard Levi Zimmerman , Age 95

October 30, 1924 --June 09, 2020

Willard Levi Zimmerman, 95, of Baraboo, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at SSM hospice center, Baraboo.

A service will be Monday, June 15, 2020 at St. Johns Lutheran Church with visitation at 10:00 a.m. with limited seating of 100 for friends and family, followed by a church service at 11 a.m. and burial at North Freedoms Oak Hill Cemetery at 12:00 pm. Family and friends may attend the outdoor service and burial.

Willard was born October 30, 1924 in Richland County,Wisconsin to the late Ludwig and Elsie Zimmerman of Baraboo, Wisconsin. On June 20, 1953 he married the love of his life Violet Phippen in Baraboo, Wisconsin. They had 5 children and he enjoyed all aspects of being a father all his life. Willard was a colon cancer survivor.

Willard grew up working a variety of jobs including farming and logging. Willard served his country in World War II from 1943-1946. After his service he attended technical school for auto body in Chicago. He founded Zimmermans Body Shop in 1959.

During his lifetime he and Violet traveled to Europe, Mexico, and all over the United States. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, working on cars, spending time outdoors, and loved being with his family. Willard was a member of Parshall Cummings VFW Post 2336.

Willard is survived by his wife, Violet; son, Michael (Heidi); daughters, Pamela Zimmer, Sheryl (Steve) Michaelson, Teresa (Michael) Browning; daughter-in-law, Lisa Zimmerman; sister, Vera Bender of Rice Lake and brother Roger Zimmerman of Reedsburg. He has 6 grandsons, 1 granddaughter and 1 great grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Patrick; parents, Ludwig and Elsie Zimmerman; sisters, Verona (Eugene) Ulrich, Vanessa (Ronald) Richards, Victoria (Donald) Hoege, Violet (Verlyn) Braun and Vada (Orville) Schwenkhoff.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Lorenz (Marie), Arlo (Barbara), and Leo (Marjorie) Zimmerman and sister-in-law, Joann Zimmerman

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Johns Lutheran Church in Baraboo. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Penny White Snyder June 10, 2020

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

Deepest Sympathy to the entire family. Penny

Alan and Becki Bender June 10, 2020

nephew and niece Faribault , Minnesota

Sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, Dad, Grandpa. He was a very kind and grateful man. Full of fun and loving times. I loved playing cards with him. Hugs to all of you. He will be missed

Beth Steffen June 10, 2020

Niece Ripon , Wisconsin

So sorry to hear about Willie! But he certainly had a long ,full life. He did so many good things In his life. He was always so friendly and kind. I loved his laugh. Sympathies to all the kids and Aunt Violet. It will be hard after so many years together. Savor your memories.

Page Browning/John Shortt June 12, 2020

in-laws Mardela Springs , Maryland

We are so sorry to hear about Willie - our sympathies to Violet, Teresa, Michael, the boys, and the entire Zimmerman family. WIllie was always so nice to all of us (Michael's family) and the last time we saw him he told us many stories of his time in the military. He was a great dad and grandpa - and very good to my brother. Love to all - Page and John

Leslie Hamilton June 12, 2020

Friend of Family members Baraboo , Wisconsin

Hi. We're so sorry for your loss. Everyone in your family are in our prayers. Take care.

Rick and Becky Giebel June 12, 2020

Friend of family Baraboo , Wisconsin

Our deepest sympathy at the loss of your Father. May God and your loving memories sustain all of you!