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01/09/2009
Dean Oetzman
Reedsburg, Wisconsin
April 15, 1923 - January 9, 2009
Visitation: Service:
Wednesday January 14, 2009 Wednesday January 14, 2009
9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Hoof Funeral Home Zion Lutheran Church - LaValle
Dean R. Oetzman, age 85, of LaValle, died on Friday, January 9, 2009 in the Reedsburg Area Medical Center. He was born on April 15, 1923 in the Town of Freedom, Sauk County, the oldest child of John and Nellie (Brooks) Oetzman. He was baptized on June 29, 1924 in the German Methodist Church, Town of Westfield. He was confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Reedsburg, on March 19, 1950. Soon after that, he joined Zion Lutheran Church in LaValle where he has been an active and faithful member. He served on various boards and committees at Zion. He served on the building committee when the new church was built in 1955. On October 1, 1949, he was united in marriage to the former Juanita A. Vogel. They bought a farm north of LaValle. Three boys and twin daughters were born to this union. Dean served on the old Sand school board before it closed in 1963. In 1958, the DNR appointed him an Emergency Fire Warden, where he served until 2004. He had served as a delegate to the South Wisconsin Coop for three years. He served as president and secretary of the Vacationland Zone, Lutheran Laymens League. He was appointed director at large of the district Lutheran Laymens League board in 1997. Dean was proud to have received the Lutheran Laymens League, layman of the year award in 2001. He served on the Reedsburg Equity Coop board from 1960 to 1969. He was Constable for the Town of LaValle from 1972 to 1981. During this time he also served as special deputy sheriff for Sauk County. He served on the Town of LaValle board for 14 years. Dean started collecting license plates in 1973. He joined the Automobile License Plate Collectors Club in 1974. He was instrumental in getting the Dairyland License Plate Collectors Club started and served, as it’s first president. Dean worked for Friede Brothers Construction Company for 27 years retiring as job superintendent in 1989. Survivors include his wife, Juanita; four children: Dan (Shirley) Oetzman, of Hillsboro; Gary (Debra) Oetzman, of Lodi; Randy Oetzman, of Portage and Connie Oetzman, of St. Peter, Minnesota; eight grandchildren: Scott, Jason, Melanie, Ben, Casey, Ali, Isaac and Emily; two brothers: Paul (Dorothy) Oetzman, of Prairie du Sac and Fred Oetzman, of Anchorage, Alaska; one sister: Ruth Mahler, of Madison; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter: Bonnie Oetzman and one grandson: Steven Oetzman. Memorial services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 14, 2008, at ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH in LaValle with Rev. Robert Butler officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the service on Wednesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Zion Lutheran Church would be appreciated. The Hoof Funeral Home is serving the family.
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