Ernest W. Zimmerman, 95, of Pickrell, passed away on June 18, 2024, at the Good Samaritan Society of Beatrice. He was born on April 9, 1929, at rural Pickrell to Renken and Friederika “Reka” (Rosenthal) Zimmerman. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, rural Pickrell. Ernest married Marilyn Gronewold on May 4, 1951, at the American Lutheran Church of Adams. He farmed all his life and also worked at Ace Hardware, Baumfalk Bin & Equipment and Ernest Jurgen’s Construction. Ernest was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, rural Pickrell where he served on the Park Board, Building Committee, Parish Education and on the Zion Lutheran Cemetery Association Board. He also served on the Pickrell Cooperative Elevator Board. He enjoyed camping, tractor pulls, music shows and listening to Tex and Mary Schutz music.

Ernest is survived by his daughters, Rose Fossler and Rhonda (Dennis) Fossler both of Beatrice; five grandchildren, Brian (Angie) Fossler, Roger (Jennifer) Fossler, Bruce (Tracie) Fossler, Matt (Kelsey) Fossler and Heather (Justin) Hippen; six great-grandchildren; brother, Clarence Zimmerman.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Renken and Reka (Rosenthal) Zimmerman; wife, Marilyn (2022); son, Rodney; son-in-law, Jimmie Fossler; brother, Arthur (Evelyn) Zimmerman; sisters, Minnie Wolken, Emma Riensche Dorn, Edith (Bill) Jobman, and Dorothy (Jerry) Busboom.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, June 21, 2024, at Zion Lutheran Church of rural Pickrell with Pastor Jerry Gilbreath officiating. The service will be livestreamed on the church’s Facebook page. A family prayer service will be held at 10:15 A.M. on Friday at the church. Burial will be at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Pickrell. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home on Thursday from 11:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. and at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.  The family will greet friends and relatives on Thursday from 5:30 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church or Zion Lutheran Cemetery with Ervin & Lois Meints in charge   Arrangements entrusted to Fox Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Beatrice.