PORTAGE — Richard L. “Dick” Zenz, 79, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at his home in Portage.

Richard was born Nov. 4, 1934, in Lancaster, the son of Gerald and Marcella Seipp Zenz. He graduated from Loras Academy, Dubuque, Iowa, and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where he played football. Richard was a teacher and coach in Mayville, and Portage as well as a sportscaster for Portage high school athletics. He was a charter member of the Portage Lions Club and active in the Knights of Columbus. He loved to hunt and fish and was a prolific joke and story teller.

Richard was a dedicated husband and father, survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara (Rowe) Zenz, Portage; their seven children, Thomas Zenz, Jean (Bruce) Langer, John (Cindi) Zenz, Paul (Teresa) Zenz, Kay (Keith) Tilton, Mary (Kirk) Pruhs, and Daniel Zenz; 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; his brother, Stan (Joyce) Zenz; his sisters, Joan (Roger) Clements, Pat (Sandy) Campbell, and Jane (Bob) Spartz, other relatives and many close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Donald Zenz and sister-in-law, Marcia Zenz.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, in Portage, with the Revs. Gary Krahenbuhl and Bill Seipp concelebrating. Inurnment will be private. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass on Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Wisconsin Lion’s Camp in Rosholt, the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, or St. Mary’s Parish in Portage would be appreciated by the family.

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