Matthew "Matt" Zuleger

December 24, 1972 - November 02, 2023


Obituary For Matthew "Matt" Zuleger

Windsor - Matthew Scott Zuleger, age 50, Appleton, WI, passed away unexpectedly on November 2, 2023, while doing something he loved, sitting in a tree watching the quiet of the forest anticipating the arrival of that one buck. Born on December 24, 1972, in Appleton, WI, the son of Martin Zuleger and Denise Elmer (Bueche).

Matt was a loving husband, father, and son. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying time in the woods and on the water. He shared his love of nature with his family teaching his children how to fish and use a bow. He spent time bird watching and camping with friends and family. He was a big Packers and Brewers fan. He had a passion for grilling/smoking meat and sampling local breweries. Matt will be remembered by his contagious laughter, ‘Zuleger’ sense of humor, and great big hugs.

Matt graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1995) with a degree in Wildlife Management and Biology. He worked for Bell Laboratories in Windsor, Wisconsin for the past 16 years in the research and development department as a Laboratory Biology Supervisor.

He is survived by his loving wife of 13 years Devon (Conner) and children Zoey Zuleger, Megan Plantikow, and stepson, Bryce Larkin. Other survivors include: his mother, Denise (Brian) Elmer; siblings, Mary (John) Daft, Mason (Sheila) Zuleger; nieces and nephews, many other friends and family members. He is preceded in death by his father Martin Zuleger.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zoey Zuleger’s College Fund, or to the Department of Natural Resources Endangered Species Resource Fund

A celebration of life gathering will be held on Sunday, December 10th at the Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co, 867 Jupiter Drive, Madison from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Windsor/DeForest Chapel

6924 Lake Road



10 Dec

Celebration of Life Gathering

01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co 876 Jupiter Drive Madison, WI 53718 Get Directions »
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  • November 14, 2023

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  • November 08, 2023

    Devon and family - We are so sorry for your loss. Matt was such a kind man and will be missed by many. May your memories forever bring you comfort and healing. Thinking of you all! Greg and Lisa Stacey

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    My condolences to Matt's family. Matt will always be remembered for his big smile. He had that same big smile on all the time, even in grade school. May the Lord be with you all and ease your pain and sorrow.


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    Michael McGill planted 5 trees in memory of Matthew "Matt" Zuleger . - December 10, 2023

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