Lyle Duane Zimmerman was born in Broken Bow, Jan. 24, 1955 to Duane and Berniece (Wrasse) Zimmerman and was raised on his parents farm southwest of Ansley. He passed away Dec.20, 20ll, at the age of 56, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Funeral services were held in Broken Bow at Govier Brothers Mortuary Friday, Dec. 23, with Pastor Mark Stones officiating. A private family burial of his ashes was Friday, Dec 30, in the Broken Bow cemetery, with Pastor Mark Stones present.
Lyle attended country schools at Cat Creek from kindergarten to 3rd grade and then at Round Hill from 4th through 8th grade. He graduated high school from Ansley Public Schools in Ansley, in 1973.
In l97l, Lyle suffered a brain injury from a car accident that changed his life. Life for him was not easy, yet he enjoyed life and made the best of it. In 1976, he married Charlene Carr and to that union a daughter, Cheryl, was born. The marriage ended in divorce.
Then in 1980, he married Tracy Payne and to that union a son, Dustin, was born. That marriage also ended in divorce.
Lyle lived most of his life with his parents on the family farm 13 miles southwest of Ansley in the Cumro community. He moved to Broken Bow with his parents in 1983, when they decided to move to town. He would help his dad on the farm with farming and ranching as much as he was able to. In September 1997, Lyle moved to Holdrege and became a client with what is now Mosaic and has been there to the present time.
He enjoyed doing wood crafts at Mosaic's Wood Shop, and lawn work that Mosaic provided services for people around Holdrege. He also enjoyed calling Bingo, playing cards, dancing and bowling. He made numerous friends in the Holdrege area and still had many friends in Custer County as well as family. And when the opportunity would allow him, he very much enjoyed watching his granddaughters play in their sport activities such as softball, volleyball and basketball.
He was so proud of all his grandchildren. When he talked about them, his face would just beam. He would carry photos of them in his wallet until they were faded. He also had his refrigerator plastered with photos of his grandchildren that his sister, Judy, would print off from e-mails or Facebook for Lyle to have that his children would send to her.
Lyle could tell you stories of the past that most people could not recall. He also liked to make up stories from time to time, and some were pretty far fetched, although he made his stories interesting.
Lyle was very close to his older sister, Judy, who was his guardian since before 2004. He loved it when she would take him places for fun or take him shopping in Kearney. He really enjoyed staying three to four days with Judy and husband, Duane, several times each year on the family farm.
He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl (Rick) Kensell of Broken Bow; his son, Dustin (Stephanie) Zimmerman of Corpus Christi, Texas; grandchildren, Kyla, Leegha and Logan Kensell all of Broken Bow, and Luke Zimmerman of Corpus Christi, Texas; sisters, Judy (Duane) Henry of Ansley, and Sheri (Wayne) Palmer of Mason City; nieces, Michelle Henry of Ault, Colo., and Crystal Nelson of Broken Bow; nephews, Kent (Michelle) Nelson of Anselmo, Jason (Tammy) Henry of Loveland, Colo., Robert (Shay) Henry of Yukon, Okla., Brad (Lona) Henry of Ft. Carson, Colo., Tim (Renee) Henry of Boise, Idaho, Lynn (Jana) Henry of Ansley, and Cory (Angie) Palmer of Mason City.
Other survivors include aunts and uncles, Marilyn (Tom) Reigert and Larry Wrasse all of Lincoln, Delilah Zimmerman of Broken Bow, Carolyn Franks and Marolyn (Don) Thomas all of Westminster, Colo., Dwayne (Vianne) Anderson of Kearney and Maxine Montanye of Broken Bow; 22 great-nieces and nephews along with numerous cousins and his caring staff at Mosaic, plus many friends.
He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents, father in 1996, mother in 2004 and a brother, Randy, in 1986.
Govier Brothers Mortuary was charge of arrangements.