Brent Dean Zimmerman, the son of Alvin D. and Sherriann (Funke) Zimmerman, was born on October 31, 1963, in Casper, Wyoming. In 1966, Brent and his sister, Brenda, moved to Harlan, Iowa, to live with their grandparents, Dan and Bertha Funke. Brent was a 1982 graduate of Harlan High School where he participated in football, wrestling, and track. While in high school, he worked for Klitgaard Construction Company. He attended St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and graduated in 1986. He worked briefly for Millard Lumber Company in Millard, Nebraska, before being employed by the Union Pacific Railroad as a computer draftsman. He remained with Union Pacific until poor health forced him to retire. In 1997, Brent became a resident of the Quality Living Center in Omaha.
Brent was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church in Omaha. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, doing carpentry work, and making furniture.
Brent D. Zimmerman died on Thursday, January 13, 2005, at the Quality Living Center in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 41 years, 2 months, and 13 days.
Preceding Brent in death were his parents. He is survived by three daughters, Kristina Zimmerman, Jessica Zimmerman, and Amanda Zimmerman, all of Omaha, Nebraska; one sister, Brenda (Rick) Kyle of Bentonville, Arkansas; his grandmother, Bertha Funke of Harlan, Iowa; two nephews, Aaron Danenhauer and Marcus Danenhauer of Bentonville, Arkansas; one niece, Melissa Danenhauer of Bentonville, Arkansas; and other relatives and friends.
A prayer service was held on Sunday, January 16, 2005, at the Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, with Rev. Alan W. Hazelton of the First Assembly of God Church in Harlan, officiating. Graveside services and burial were held on Monday, January 17, 2005, at the Fairbury Cemetery in Fairbury, Nebraska, with Seth Johannsen officiating. Brent’s loving family served as casket bearers. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan was in charge of the arrangements.