In Memory of

Delmer W. Zinnel

August 25, 1930 - November 2, 2018
From: Rockwell City, IA

Rockwell City – Delmer W. Zinnel 88, passed away Friday, November 2, 2018 at Shady Oaks Care Center, Lake City.  Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran & Presbyterian Church, Rockwell City, with Pastor James Hoover Mossman officiating.  Visitation and viewing will be 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City.  Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery, Rockwell City.  

     Memorials May be left to Epic Youth Program or to St. Paul’s Lutheran & Presbyterian Church.

     Delmer is survived by his wife Jean; daughter Jan (James) Wrolstad of Liberty, MO; son William (Mary) Zinnel of Boone; 5 grandchildren, Paul, Sarah, Valerie, Joshua, and Joel; sister Rachel Berg of Rockwell City; brother George (Harriet) Zinnel of Rockwell City; sister-in-law Darlene Zinnel of Pomeroy; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Helen (Sommerfeld) Zinnel; sister Mardella Schultz; brother Marvin Zinnel; and an infant brother.

     Delmer Wayne Zinnel was born August 25, 1930 in Lake City, Iowa.  Delmer graduated from Rockwell City High School, with the Class of 1948.  In 1950, Delmer joined the National Guard.  In November of 1951, he served in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in May of 1953 attaining the rank of Airman 1st Class.  On November 2, 1952 Delmer was united in marriage to Jean Eckhoff at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Rockwell City.  The couple established their home on a farm near Jolley until moving into Rockwell City in 1990.  Delmer farmed for 35 years until his retirement in 1992.  For a number of years, Delmer had served on the Lytton School Board, Calhoun County School Board, Union State Bank Board, Iowa Beef Producers Council, and many Church Boards.  He was an active member at St. Paul’s Lutheran & Presbyterian Church, where he was a High School Sunday School Teacher.  Delmer enjoyed golf, wintering in Arizona, and volunteering at the Children’s Home in Mesa.  In 2015, he was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame.  Delmer had a passion for helping and working with the youth.

Funeral Services
10:30 a.m. - Tuesday
November 6, 2018
St. Paul's Lutheran & Presbyterian Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
Pastor James Hoover Mossman
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Monday
November 5, 2018
Palmer & Swank Funeral Home
Rockwell City, Iowa
Rosehill Cemetery
Rockwell City, Iowa


Monday, December 24, 2018 at 7:34 AM
“So sorry to learn of Delmar's passing. I baled a lot of hay for him with Louie Feld and Brent Gregory. Great memories, he was a relly good guy.
- david j esmay

Monday, November 12, 2018 at 10:38 AM
“Jean, Jan and Bill, we are very sorry for your loss. Delmar was a gentleman farmer with "class". I had the pleasure of working for him off and on during my high school and college years. He always took time to just talk and Delmar was someone you wanted to listen to and learn from. He was a good man, one that I am truly happy and fortunate to have known.”
- Ron and Susan Haffner

Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 5:59 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of your loss, Jean. You and Delmer left a stamp on my life when I was young and you taught my Sunday School class. My God continue to be with you as you start this new season in your life. With Love and Sympathy~Deb Garber~
- Deb (Walde) Garber

Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 1:28 PM
“Jean and family. I have fond memories of Delmer when we lived near Jolley. He was always so nice to me and our family. My mother was Maebelle Onnen and we went to St. Paul’s Lutheran. He will be missed. ”
- John Moreland

Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 8:41 AM
“Darlene and I express our condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are shared.”
- Dennis and Darlene Baugh

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7:36 PM
“So sorry for your loss!! I remember playing on your sidewalk when you guys lived next to our grandma and Delmer always had a smile on his face and would always talk about anything! I think I always just called him Zinnel and he never cared!”
- Denise Schoenbaum

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7:36 PM
“Jean and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Delmer was one of the kindest people I've had the pleasure to know. He took such an interest in Chad and meant the world to him. He will be missed by so many. God gained a true Angel! You are in our thoughts and prayers.
- Lorri & Chad McClintock

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 4:30 PM
“Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to you. I remember the patience that Delmar had with us Jr High girls. He took us out in your boat and no matter how many times he had to turn that boat around to pick us up and start again, with a grin, he persevered until we were up and skimming the surface of the water on skis!”
- Renee Glasnapp Stauter

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 3:23 PM
“So sorry for your loss Jean, and family. Delmer was a wonderful friend and neighbor. Thinking of you at this time.”
- Lane and Angie Kalkwarf

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 2:27 PM
“Dear Jean, Jan, Bill and families, Sending sympathy and prayers for your loss. I have always had the deepest respect for your family and have appreciated all the volunteer service Delmar gave to our "home church family". Take care, Andrea Nelson Kuhn”
- Andrea Nelson Kuhn

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