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James Dale Zimpel

James Dale Zimpel, 67, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, of natural causes at his home in rural Red Lake Falls, Minn.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer, Minn., with Rev. Frank Ehling officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Red Lake Falls. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls and one hour prior to the funeral at the church Saturday.

Pallbearers will be Derek Gustafson, Philip Zimpel, Roy Dale, Steve O'Brien, John Zimpel, Jim Kelley, Richard O'Brien, and Jim Anderson.

Honorary pallbearers will be all of his fellow hunters, friends, and Corner Bar Patrons

He was born March 25, 1941, to Russell and Hulda (Westerlund) Zimpel on the family farm in Gervais Township, Red Lake County, Minn. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. He attended school in Red Lake Falls, graduating from Lafayette High School in 1959, where he was an excellent basketball player. After graduation he worked for Zimple Construction until he purchased Jim's Corner Bar in Plummer in 2001. He also owned and operated Zimpel Furs and worked as a police officer for the city of Plummer. He married Lee Thomson April 8, 1961. They had a daughter. In 1988, he met Hazel Chase and the couple was married Dec. 29, 2001. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, socializing with his friends and family gatherings and spending time with his black Labs and with his nephew Roy Dale, especially during hunting season. He was a member of Duck's Unlimited and North American Hunting Club.

He is survived by his wife of Red Lake Falls; daughter, Sandy (Larry) Rohlf of Thief River Falls, Minn.; and their three children; Hazel's children, Richard O'Brien, Steve O'Brien, Tracy O'Brien, Mary O'Brien, Michelle O'Brien and Melody Richardson; Hazel's 21 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; brother, Russell "Bud" (Arlene) Zimpel of Plummer; sister, Dolores Dale of Bloomington, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Duane; infant brother, Richard; a brother-in-law; and his special aunt, Ivy Dale.

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