Leslie “Les” Zimmer


Leslie “Les” Zimmer was born on February 11, 1927, in Sacred Heart, and passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on January 5, 2021, in Encinitas, CA.

It was often said of Les, “Still waters run deep”. Les was not a man of many words, but when he spoke, it reflected the character of the reliable, practical man that he was. A hard worker all his life, Les started driving a truck for his father at Zimmer Trucking Company of Sacred Heart when he was 15 years old. He met Alice “Ali” Johnson and they were married on Oct. 28, 1950 in Echo.

In 1965, Les and Ali moved their four kids to Fridley, and their youngest child was born there. When they retired, Les and Ali moved to their home on Horseshoe Lake near Brainerd, and spent their winters in the south. In 2014, they settled in the San Diego area where he spent his last years feeding the birds, watering his plants, and enjoying many meals on the patio with family.

Les was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Gladys (Oslund) Zimmer; his siblings Jerry, Rosemary, and Gene. Les is survived by Ali, his wife of 70 years; his children Steve (Julie) of Stillwater, Anne (Tom) of Encinitas CA, Bob (Jill) of Brooklyn Park, Pat (Peggy) of Rogersville, MO, and Tom (Kerry) of Ames, IA; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A memorial service for Les will be held in the upcoming summer of 2021 in Sacred Heart. It is the request of the family that donations may be made to Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Sacred Heart.

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