Oliver "Jim" Zamzow was born on August 2, 1929 on the family farm in Three Lakes Township, Redwood Falls, MN the son of John and Gertrude (Wefers) Zamzow. He was baptized and later confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Clements. As a youngster he farmed alongside his mother and brothers. He received his education at Redwood Public Schools. He married Joyce Thorston on May 8, 1953 at Sundown Lutheran Church. Oliver worked at the Brickyard in Springfield, Stimperts and was a custodian at St. Mary's School. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, hunting, dancing, polka, watching Bandwagon-Fun Time Polka, visiting with family and friends and especially spending time with his daughters.
Oliver died on May, 4, 2019, at the Sleepy Eye Care Center at the age of 89.
He is survived by his daughters, Leann Zamzow, Jeanette Zamzow and Lois Zamzow, all of Sleepy Eye. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Joyce on May 15, 2017, brothers, Delta "Sonny", Lester, Marlin, John, Denver and sisters, Fern Kitzmann, Inez Schons and Shirley Smetak.