THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Zach R. Zahn
Issue Date: June 24, 2020
Zach Randal Zahn, 44, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020, as a result of injuries from a single motor vehicle accident.
Born May 7, 1976, to Randal and Karen (Madsen) Zahn, he spent his summers growing up on the farm where he was currently living, learning how to be a farmer from his Grandpa Madsen. From a young age, he had an appreciation for tractors and tractor pulling and learned to thrash the old fashion way from his grandfather when he was 15 years old.
He graduated from Gillett High School and then attended NWTC studying welding trades. A welder for several years, including at Great Lakes Trailer, he later opened up his own shop on the family farm while raising hereford beef like his grandfather. He was able to fix anything and people from the community would bring him things to repair.
He enjoyed time with his good friends and neighbors, good old country music, attending concerts, making maple syrup, dartball, shooting trap, darts and pool. He loved being involved in the the community including, FFA alumni, the Suring Sportsman's Club and the Suring Fire Department. He served about 10 years on the Suring Fire Dept., recently becoming a Captain and was the founding member of the MVBA (Maple Valley Bachelor's Association).
He also liked pontooning, collecting Pabst memorabilia and motorcycling. He custom built his motorcycle, a Harley Davidson Chopper, the frame built with parts from a TD-24 International bulldozer. Every year he looked forward to attending the SYMCO Weekender with friends and family, showing off his 1967 Ford Falcon. A hard working and loyal friend, he was a fun loving uncle, dedicated son and brother that lived life on his own terms and lived it to the fullest. He will be missed by all.
He is survived by his mother, Karen; his longtime girlfriend, Julie; a sister, Miranda Zahn (David Smith) of Plano, Ill.; a brother, Caleb (Darlene) Zahn of Neshkoro; four nieces, Eleanor, Afton, Reyna and Nadine; a nephew, Xavier and a future nephew.
He was preceded in death by his father, Randy; a brother, Matthew; his grandparents, LeRoy and Beverly Zahn and Henry and Helen Madsen.
Visitation will be held at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring on Saturday, June 27 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., when a "Last Call" page will be performed by Oconto County Dispatch. A funeral service will be held at a later date at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Suring. Interment will be in Frostville Cemetery. Online condolences can be expressed at www.gruetzmacherfuneralhome.com In lieu of flowers a donation can be made in his memory.