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Theodore "Ted" William Zimmerman

Ted Zimmerman, 97, Two Harbors, died Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Ecumen Scenic Shores in Two Harbors.

He was born November 20, 1916 to George and Josephine (Drouillard) Zimmerman in Grand Portage where he grew up. He graduated from Cook County High School and then worked for the U. S. Forest Service as a fire tower watchman for a short time. In 1942, he moved to Two Harbors where he was employed by the DM&IR Railroad as a machinist until his retirement in 1981. Ted enjoyed time with this family, fishing, hunting, wood working and animals, especially his cats.

Ted was proud to be the oldest member of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, 7 sisters, his former wife, Orlaine "Jo", and a great-grandson, Takoda.

Ted is survived by his sons, Terry (Sally) of Melrose, Tim (Chris) of Monticello, Thane (Thea) of Moorhead, and Tracy (Pauline) of Grand Rapids; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; and his longtime companion, Prudence Johnson.

Visitation will be from 5-8 PM on Friday, January 31, 2014 at Cavallin Funeral Home in Two Harbors. Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the spring at St. John's Catholic Church in Grand Marais, followed by burial in Chippewa City Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook please visit