SPREAD EAGLE, Wis. - Robert M. "Rob" Zimmerman, 46, of Spread Eagle, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.
He was born Sept. 27, 1965, in Milwaukee. and was the son of Emelie (Broullire) Zimmerman and Guy Zimmerman.
Rob graduated from Niagara High School in 1984, and was a lifelong resident of the area. He married Annette Johnson on Sept. 7, 1991, at First Covenant Church in Iron Mountain.
Rob was a mechanic by trade and started out working with his father at Spread Eagle Marine & Cycle. He also worked for a short time at Nicolet Marine before taking a position in the service department at Stateline Chevrolet in Crystal Falls where he had been employed for the last 10 years.
Rob's passion was racing and over the past five years he had been racing his own car at Norway Speedway. He enjoyed attending racing banquets and meetings. Rob was an avid NASCAR and Packers fan. He also enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, ATV rides, camping and spending time with family and friends.
Rob is survived by his wife, Annette of Spread Eagle; his mother-in-law, Rose Johnson of Iron Mountain; brother-in-law, Darin (Susie) Johnson of Norway; sisters-in-law, Rebecca (Stuart) Nelson of Eden Prairie, Minn., Carolyn (Victor) Doyle of Chanhassen, Minn., and Dayna Johnson of Minnetonka, Minn.; aunts and uncles, William (Karen) Broullire of Aurora, Jeannette (Joseph) Sementilli of Kingsford, Alice Kallenbach of Iron Mountain, Marie (Glenn) Windell of Aurora, Barbara (Robert) Beauchamp of Niagara, Eileen (Bruce) LaLiberte of Niagara, Raymond (Barbara) Broullire of Iron Mountain; Gerard (Paula) Broullire of Niagara, Carole (Frank) Rebedew of Neshkoro and Lindy Zimmerman of Fond du Lac; special friends, Mark and Cindy Miller, Ed and Mary Sergy and James and Marie Blanton; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Rob was preceded in death by his mother, Emelie Zimmerman; his father, Guy Zimmerman; his father-in-law, Marshall Johnson; and uncle, Delbert Kallenbach.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara, Wis.
A memorial Mass will follow at 12 noon at the church. Fr. Matthew Settle will offer the Mass of the Christian Burial.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Robert "Rob" Zimmerman online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.