Loran Charles Zimmerman, 64, La Crosse, formerly of Schoenchen, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at Hays Medical Center.
He was born Sept.7, 1956, in Wichita to Lester C. and Lillian (Herrman) Zimmerman. He was a 1974 graduate of Thomas More Prep-Marian High School and Goodland Vocational Technical School. On October 8, 1977 he married Jolene M. Hertel in Schoenchen, and they celebrated 43 years of marriage. For nearly 20 years he was service manager for James Lincoln Mercury GMC and McLaren Lincoln Mercury GMC. In the late 90’s he built up the family farm as a rancher and farmer and later was vice president of production for IACX.
He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and Schoenchen Third Degree Knights of Columbus, where he was past Grand Knight. He was a Schoenchen City Councilman, chairman of Rural Water District One, Ellis County Fair Board President, RPM Speedway board member, and on St. Anthony Church and Cemetery committees.
He enjoyed classic cars, watching American Pickers, K-State sports, and the Kansas City Chiefs. He looked forward to Thursday night gatherings, going to Mecum Auctions with friends and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, La Crosse; two sons, Lance Zimmerman and wife, Andria, St. George and Kyle Zimmerman and wife, Sara , Schoenchen, his mother-in-law, Delores Hertel, Schoenchen; a brother, Brian Zimmerman and wife, Lori , Ulysses; four sisters, Linda Cole and husband, Aaron, Russell, Bonnie Rose and husband, Richard, Mobile, Ala., Brenda Thyfault and husband, Jim, Hays, and Shari Gale and husband, Randy, Shell Knob, Mo.; three step-brothers, Lester Leiker and wife, Jerri Ann, Hays, Terry Leiker, La Crosse and Neal Leiker and wife, Linda, Hays; a step-sister, Brenda Park and husband, Dan, Olathe; four grandchildren, Lawson, Macie, Abigail, and Ellie Zimmerman; a grandchild on the way; and numerous nieces, nephews, and godchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his step-father, Norbert K. Leiker.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Schoenchen; burial in St. Anthony Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 too 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, both at the church.
A combined Daughters of Isabella and Altar Society Christian Mothers rosary will be at 6 p.m., Tuesday, a vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. and a Third Degree Knights of Columbus rosary will follow, all at the church.
Instead of flowers or plants the family suggests memorials to St. Anthony Catholic Church or St. Anthony Cemetery, in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com
Posted online on November 23, 2020