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Paul George Zeier

February 18, 1959 - September 18, 2022


Obituary For Paul George Zeier

DEFOREST – Paul George Zeier, age 63, passed away at his home from a heart condition on Sunday, September 18, 2022. Paul was born February 18, 1959 in Madison, WI to Herbert and Gertrude (Klein) Zeier. He attended Pumpkin Hollow grade school and graduated from DeForest Area High School in 1977. While at DeForest High School, he wrestled all four years, and made it to the state competition held at the UW Fieldhouse his junior and senior years. Paul was also a president of FFA, NHS, as well as a member of the junior prom court. He was a member of 4-H where he showed and won blue ribbons with his young heifers at the Dane Co. Fair, with one making it to the state level. Paul was a life-long farmer who loved his cows and calves. He had a strong faith and was a devoted member of St. Olaf Catholic Parish in DeForest. Every December he would climb the large silo on his property and hang a large Christmas star that could be seen by passing cars on Interstate 90. Paul had a reputation for eating, he could load a plate like you couldn’t believe. He was still driving the first car he ever bought, a 1986 Monte Carlo. Paul enjoyed the Packers and Badgers, even going to the Rose Bowl. Paul lived life on his own terms and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Paul is survived by his siblings, Gary (Charlotte) and their children Mark and Ryan, and grandchildren William and Liliana; Thomas; David and his children Aric and Megan; Eileen; Kenneth (Debbie) and their children, Sophia (Jordan) Skeith and grandson James, other children Troy and Fiona; Barbara (Matt) Tokuz and their children Jared and Justin. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Karen; and niece, Rose.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00AM on Friday, October 7, 2022 at ST. OLAF CATHOLIC CHURCH, 623 Jefferson Street, DeForest. A visitation will be held from 4:00PM until 7:00PM on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 6925 Lake Road, DeForest, and again from 9:30AM until time of Mass on Friday at the church. Burial at St. Olaf Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Olaf Catholic Church. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Windsor/DeForest Chapel
6924 Lake Road


6 Oct


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7 Oct


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  • 10/30/2022

    My thoughts and prayers to the family. I met Paul for the first time about 15 years ago. A hard working individual, true to his vocation.

  • 10/11/2022

    My favorite memory of Paul was when he took a vacation and came to visit my family in AZ. He was amazed by the fresh green hay (his words) we had here, and the very large dairy farms. I remember pulling over so he could jump out to touch and smell that hay which he accomplished with the enthusiasm of a child at Christmas. We went to a Frank Lloyd Wright tour of a home another day. His enthusiasm and fascination with everything was truly infectious! It was very sad to see the best house guest in the world ever leave, but I could sense he truly missed the farm. This has been such a cherished memory for me, and I felt it was too good to just keep to myself!

  • 10/11/2022

    I am so sorry to hear about Paul's passing and I offer my deepest sympathy to the entire family. Paul was a friend of our family and was a person who lived his life in a way we all admired. He prioritized his responsibilities and his faith along with family and friends. Paul was someone who I personally admired. He reached out in kindness to anyone in need, always had a smile on his face and easily offered a prayer or help without a second thought. He was a treasure and a gift to all who knew him and sadly the time with us here on earth, was cut too short. I know that he will be sharing his many gifts and talents in heaven. It brings my heart joy to know he will be reunited with his loved ones that have passed before him. Love you always, Paul! Andrea (Heisig) Perkins

  • 10/08/2022

    My deepest sympathy to the entire Zeier family. I am very sorry for your loss. I did not know Paul well but knew him a little bit thru wrestling & was good friends with his brother Ken in high school & college years & beyond. I do know that Paul was a hard worker and one of the good guys you would certainly want to cheer for. God Bless, Paul R. Blackmon

  • 10/06/2022

    Paul was such a kind man and will be missed so much. I bought some barn wood from him years ago so that I could make a kitchen table out of it. That table is a forever reminder of what a beautiful man he was inside and out and I am so honored to have it. Joy Ihland (Eric, Anna and Andy)

  • 10/06/2022

    Deepest sympathies to the family. guess it's true the good die young. Rest in peace Paul. David and Laura Kurt

  • 10/05/2022

    I will miss Paul's contagious laugh. Until we meet again, my Dear forever friend ❤️

  • 09/28/2022

    Paul once came out to see a Wisconsin Badgers football game against Penn State. We had a great time not only at the game, but when we went down to Washington DC. When in DeForest, I would stop by his farm to see what was new. A buddy gone way to early. Brice Arndt

  • 09/28/2022

    our sincere sympathy for the loss of our beloved cousin, Paul He was a great guy and a wonderful farmer who truly loved his animals! God saw that he was getting tired and he opened His arms and greeted him in heaven. our thoughts and prayers are with you all Alan & Fran Rademacher Family

  • 09/28/2022

    Paul was a great classmate. He always had a smile on his handsome face. We had our 45 year class reunion the weekend after he passed and he was deeply missed at this event.

  • 09/26/2022

    Paul was a great friend and loved his faith going to be greatly missed love you buddy

  • 09/26/2022

    Deepest sympathies for the entire family and prayers for all. Paul was a disciple, a true man of faith and servant of God. May he rest in peace. Paul Merline - Valley of Our Lady Monastery and The Diocese of Madison

  • 09/25/2022

    My deepest sympathy to all of Paul's family. He was definitely a devoted St. Olaf member.

  • 09/25/2022

    Paul was such a good friend and christian. Loved food and attending farm dinners. He worked at the St. Olaf dinner and bought leftover pies for his freezer. So sorry to hear of his passing but know he will be joined with his mother and other heavenly family members and friends. R.I.P.

  • 09/24/2022

    My sympathy to the Zeier family. Paul was a wonderful farm friend. No matter where you saw him, he had time to talk. Steven Bork

  • 09/24/2022

    My sympathy to the Zeier family. Paul was a wonderful farm friend. He always had time to talk, no matter where he was.

  • 09/24/2022

    My sympathy to Zeier family. Paul was a wonderful friend. He always had time to talk. Steven Bork

  • 09/24/2022

    Prayers for all.


  • Autumnal Memories Wreath

    Ken Zeier sent Autumnal Memories Wreath for Paul George Zeier - October 05, 2022

    Autumn-Paul's favorite time with harvest & football. Paul kept the Zeier farm alive 4 decades. Thanks to friends who helped. Love-Ken Zeier & family, Shingle Sprgs, Cal.

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