Keith Ziermann, age 63, of Delano, passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021.
A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 435 Bridge Ave. E. in Delano, with Rev. Paul Marggraf officiating.
Visitation will take place all at the church Friday, Oct. 15 from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday one hour prior to the service.
Interment will take place at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Mayer, MN after a luncheon at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church.
The service will be live streamed on Mt. Olive’s YouTube site.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.
Pallbearers are Bob Farniok, Andy Fasching, Scott Iversen, Steve Lytle, Paul Marggraf, Mike Poppler, and Jeff Schwartz. Keith’s nieces and nephews are honorary pallbearers.
Keith Lowell Harold Ziermann was born March 15, 1958, in Watertown, MN. He was the youngest of Hilbert and Martha (Latzig) Ziermann’s nine children.
He was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer, MN April 6, 1958, by Pastor Fred Reidel, and confirmed May 21, 1972, at Zion by Pastor Gerald Peske. He received his education at Zion Lutheran School in Mayer, and Waconia High School.
Keith was united in marriage with Pamela Kay Reinitz July 30, 1999, at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Chapel, allowing Pam’s mom to be part of the ceremony. A reaffirmation of marriage took place at Bloomington Lutheran Church Oct. 30, 1999.
Keith was raised to have a strong work ethic, which continued throughout his life. This included hauling propane, driving semi for Quast Transfer and Twinco Romax, and finishing his career working highway maintenance for Hennepin County from where he retired in 2012.
After retirement, Keith continued to keep busy with many projects, serving on the church properties board, and helping friends and family. He always had a big smile when helping friends with their farm fieldwork by driving tractors and semis.
Keith was very intelligent, quick-witted, had a great sense of humor, and was blessed with a lot of common sense. He could fix, update, improve, and come up with solutions to a problem. Many conversations with Pam started with, “I was thinking...”
Life was never dull with Keith around. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He had many interests and wasn’t afraid to try a new hobby. Some of his interests included his dogs, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, playing cards with the boys, playing cards and games with friends, bowling leagues, riding his Harleys, vacations, especially to Florida, Hawaii, and the Bahamas, and cruises. Bottom line, anytime he could hang out with family and friends was a good time.
He enjoyed sports, whether playing, coaching, or umping baseball/softball games, or playing hockey as a kid with buddies on a rink lit with old Christmas lights.
He enjoyed Minnesota sports, such as Northstars, Lynx, and especially the Vikings and Twins.
Keith and Pam enjoyed going to Fort Myers and spending time at baseball spring training games, especially when joined by friends and family.
With Keith, what you saw was what you got. Keith could talk to anyone and was comfortable in any situation, whether it was a function requiring he wear a dreaded necktie or on vacation finding the most out-of-the-way establishment frequented by the locals.
Keith had various collections. The main one was anything John Deere, up to and including older tractors. He even did some tractor-pulling with them just for fun.
Keith was known for being an excellent cook (no recipes needed), and loved to entertain and host parties. He was especially known for his smoked turkey and a variety of homemade sausages.
Keith battled cancer four times since 2010. He fought the disease with a strong faith and tremendous attitude. In 2010, every day he showed up for radiation he just bounded into the clinic with a smile and sometimes with blueberry muffins. With hard work and perseverance, he was able to do things doctors didn’t think would be possible after various surgeries or treatments.
The greatest gift Keith gave his family and friends was his strong faith. The last cancer battle started in 2020, and he again fought hard. Even though this cancer took him from us, we are comforted in knowing he was not afraid and rejoiced as he knew what a wonderful place was waiting for him in heaven.
Keith is survived by his loving wife and companion Pam, and siblings Marcy Williams, Harriet (Lloyd) Hansen, Marty (Sharon), Harvey (Betsy), Doug (Joanne), Curtis (Sue), brother-in-law Marcel Fasching (Bonnie Alsleben); nieces and nephews Karen, Renita, Jason, Jeff, Steven, Kristine, Tom, Angelique, Joe, John, Paul, Ben, Phillip, Dan, Jared, Matt, and Andy, and their spouses and significant others; great nieces and nephews and a great-great nephew; uncles and aunts Martin (Ruth) Latzig, Roland (Carol) Latzig, Lowell Latzig, Leona Latzig, Marie Latzig; cousins; Pam’s family; and many friends. He will be missed dearly by his “girls” (labs) Mace and Cayenne.
Keith loved his family, with nieces and nephews holding a very special place in his heart.
He was preceded in death by his parents Hilbert and Martha Ziermann, sister Patty Fasching, brother Harlan Ziermann, in-laws Clifford and Helen Reinitz, grandparents Paul and Margaret Latzig, step grandmother Selma Latzig, Edward and Wilhelmina Ziermann, uncles and aunts from the Latzig family: Elmer, Roy (Ellen), Hildegarde (Leland) Schwartz, Harold, Marcella (Orlando) Gebhardt, Darlene, and from the Ziermann family: Erwin, Otto, George (Evelyn), Elmer (Louise), Marvin (Gladys), Anna (Robert) Groenke, Helen (Ruben) Mielke, and Ella (John) Burandt.