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Robert H. Zimbal Passes Away at age 85



Robert H. Zimbal, age 85 of Sheboygan passed away Sunday, August 21, 2016. Robert was born in Sheboygan to the late Roland and Aurelia (Krause) Zimbal. He was a 1950 graduate of Central High School and then went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.


Zimbal Minkery: Four Generations of Quality & Care


In the heartland of America, less than three hours from the internationally renown city of Chicago and one hour from the bustling metropolis of Milwaukee, lies one of the most famous mink ranches in the world. Sheboygan and Oostburg, Wisconsin are home to the many acres of the Zimbal Minkery.

The area is like a post card of middle America. Acres of crop fields and dairy farms are broken by the occasional highway. The towns are small but warm and welcoming. The skies here are blue and the air is fresh.

It was here in the late 1930’s that Roland Zimbal
decided to diversify from his struggling dairy business and with economic conditions being what they were at the time, went into a partnership with three friends to raise mink.



Zimbal Minkery, Inc.’s rich history began in 1954 with the establishment of a farm located in Sheboygan by Robert H. Zimbal. A year later, Robert’s father Roland left his partnership at Sauk Trail Mink Ranch to join Zimbal Minkery. Roland brought with him his share of mink, which laid the foundation for Zimbal Minkery to become North America’s top producer of mink and one of the most renowned producers in the world.

Zimbal Minkery experienced steady growth during the next twenty years, and in 1979 they started a second farm just outside of Oostburg, WI, with the help of Robert’s sons, Bob, Richard and Tom, whom had since joined the family business. In 1985, Robert’s son-in-law, Mike Jacobchick, joined the operation.


Fur Industry News Worldwide
by RB Media Group
Posted: August 24, 2016