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Dean Zoesch

March 9, 1961 - May 23, 2013
Madison, WI


Life Story / Obituary


Dean Zoesch was a man who brought joy into the lives of everyone he met. Upbeat and positive, he always had a contagious smile and a warm hug for friends and family. Facing challenges most of us can only imagine for the past fifteen years, Dean has endured these hard times with enormous amounts of hope, faith, and dignity. More than endured, he has thrived, and found the positive side of whatever life gave him. Dean’s quiet strength, gentle kindness, irrepressible sense of humor, and unfailing integrity will live on forever in the hearts and memories of all those whose lives he touched, both as a cherished memory and a source of inspiration in the years to come.

Dean Michael Zoesch was born on March 9, 1961. His proud parents, Donald and Marjorie (Thorsen) Zoesch, brought the newest member of their family home to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

After finishing high school, where he played football and ran track, Dean went on to attend classes at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He continued his athletic feats in college, and lettered in the high jump for the UWP track team. Dean graduated in December of 1983 with a bachelor’s of science in civil engineering. By virtue of passing an eight-hour Fundamentals of Engineering examination, Dean was certified as an Engineer-in-Training by the State Wisconsin. Eventually, Dean would become a licensed Professional Engineer by Wisconsin, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Michigan, South Dakota, and Connecticut.

For 15 years, Dean was a loyal employee at Varco-Pruden. He enjoyed the work, as well as the positive relationships he established with his co-workers. Dean was also active in the community, belonging to the Madison Curling Club and volunteering for Iron Man of Madison. After knocking off work in the evenings and on the weekends, Dean loved doing yard work and projects around the house. Over the years, he refinished two “fixer-upper” lake homes, and also built two new houses. In the first home, Dean designed and built an amazing rec room before selling the house and purchasing a second house in Madison, Wisconsin.

A hard worker and meticulous engineer, Dean also knew how to have a good time. He had the uncanny ability to make friends with everyone he met, probably because he was always genuine and never had a negative thing to say about anyone. His love and kindness filled the room, and he had a sense of humor that left everyone gasping with laughter. His sister, Dawn, enjoys recounting a story of the evening Dean was partying with friends close to her home in Milwaukee. Late that evening, Dean called Dawn to let her know he was leaving his car and riding home with a friend. The reason? An attractive Jager Bomb lady kept selling him shots that he “couldn’t refuse!” Dean also enjoyed playing sports of all kinds – softball, racquetball, baseball, golf, curling, and water-skiiing. He received many awards over the years, including ones from the Nagawicka Yacht Club, the Curling Club, the Golf League (1st place), and Relay for Life (Top Pledge Raised).

Dean always made time for family, and had many happy memories of days spent at his parents’ house on the lake in Phillips, Wisconsin. In addition to spending quality time with family, Dean also took advantage of his parents’ gourmet meals, boating, and golfing. He was popular with Dawn’s dogs, who knew him as “Uncle Deano.” Dean had a special place in his heart for all children, who were naturally attracted to his gentle kindness and loved being in the spotlight of his undivided attention.

Fifteen years ago, Dean was diagnosed with cancer. Incredibly, throughout all the hospitalizations and chemo treatments Dean never once complained, and was unfailingly kind, good-natured, and grateful for all the help he received from others. Quiet and reserved his whole life, Dean’s illness drew him closer to his family. They found out many wonderful things about Dean through meeting his friends and spending time with him in the hospital.

The time came when Dean needed a bone marrow transplant, and it was determined that his sister, Dyan, was a perfect match. It was the biggest gift anyone could give when Dyan called her brother at Christmas time to say, “I am your match” – the gift of hope, and the gift of two more months of life. On a deeper level, Dean was strengthened by an even stronger hope: the Hope of Glory. He knew that although the doctors only gave him a 68% chance of success after the stem cell transplant, he had a 100% chance of being with the Lord.

Positive and humorous, gentle and kindhearted, Dean was a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his many friends and family members.

Mr. Dean Michael Zoesch died on May 23, 2013, at the age of 52. Dean’s family includes his parents, Donald and Marjorie (Thorsen) Zoesch; his sisters, Dawn (Marty) Boulanger and Dyan (Dennis) Piller; his brother, David (Denise) Zoesch; and his nieces and nephews, Natalie and Connor Zoesch and David, Danielle, and Danae Piller.

Dean’s life has truly been an inspiration of how to live one’s life empowered by the Word of God and His Holy Spirit. Please visit Dean’s personal memory page at, where you can learn more about his life, share a favorite memory or photo, and sign the online guestbook.