Douglas "Doug" M. Zimmerman, 59, Bismarck, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle against cancer on April 23, 2017, surrounded by his family at Sanford Health in Bismarck. Services will be held on Friday, April 28, at 11 a.m., at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with Rev. Craig Schweitzer officiating. Burial will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at Bismarck Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Doug was born Nov. 23, 1957, to Eddie and Janet (Hicks) Zimmerman in Hettinger. He spent his childhood helping his father on the farm where he learned the value of hard work. Doug graduated from Hettinger High School in 1976. After high school, he moved to Bismarck.
After moving to Bismarck, Doug was employed with Premium Beverages for a few years. In 1983 he began working at the North Dakota State Penitentiary as a correctional officer. In 1985 he graduated from the Bureau of Prisons Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga. Doug served as a correctional officer for 30 years before retiring in 2011.
Doug and Lana met in 1993 and became close friends. Seven years later, they fell in love and were married in 2005. Their mutual love and respect for one another was quite evident and remains an inspiration for everyone in their lives.
Doug has three daughters, Chelsi, Erika and Olivia, who became sisters through their blended family. Doug's love for his daughters was unconditional. He was a great mentor, teacher, parent, but most importantly a great friend. Doug also has two beautiful granddaughters, Macie and Cambria, who he adored immensely. They were the light of his life and meant the world to him. They brought him so much joy, peace, comfort, laughter and unconditional love that will never be replaced.
Doug enjoyed every part of life. He had fun, he knew when to be serious, and he didn't let life pass him by. He always had the time of his life no matter what he did. He was a prankster, loved to debate on any topic presented to him (even if he agreed with his opponent). His meticulous nature reflected in his yard work, woodworking, and numerous home improvement projects. Doug will leave a void that will be impossible to fill.
He is survived by his wife, Lana (Cooper) Zimmerman; his daughters, Chelsi (Ryan Davoren) Zimmerman, Erika (Matthew) White, and Olivia Kuntz; his siblings, Jim (Diana) Zimmerman, Wayne Zimmerman, Craig (Patty) Zimmerman, Vicki (Steve Tomac) Zimmerman, Sherri (Allan) Engraf, and Patti (Les) Viken; brother-in-law, Rich (Andrea) Cooper, two granddaughters, Macie White and Cambria Kuntz; close family friends, Charlotte and Jeff Kurtz, and several nieces and nephews. He had many special friends in his life and he was thankful for each one.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Janet Zimmerman; father-in-law, Jess Cooper; mother-in-law, JoAnn Cooper; nephew, Jimmy Zimmerman and niece, Katie Zimmerman.
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