Dennis Zidlicky

Dennis Lee Zidlicky, age 74, of Decorah died Sunday, March 26, 2023 at Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse, WI. Funeral Services were held Saturday, April 1 at the Washington Prairie Lutheran Church, rural Decorah with Rev. Jennifer Edinger presiding.

Dennis Lee Zidlicky was born February 11, 1949 to Arthur and Gatriel (Thompson) Zidlicky in Nevada, IA. He later graduated from Cresco High School in 1967.

In 1970 he married the love of his life, Donna (Moe) Zidlicky. To this union, two sons were born, Dean and Don. In his early years, Dennis worked for Camcar and Marigold, but his true passion was farming. Dennis and Donna went on to farm together for 35 years near Ridgeway, Waukon and Highlandville. He also worked for Holden Farms in their hog buildings.

Dennis liked to keep busy, so after his farming years he worked for Winneshiek Medical Center as a janitor, Gemini, Oneota Eye Clinic as a janitor, and most recently, people remember him as the Thrifty White Pharmacy delivery man. Many of his delivery spots could count on him to include a few chocolates along with whatever he was dropping off.

Dennis will be remembered as a kind and gentle soul. He would go the extra mile to make someone smile, loved to “give people a hard time” with his humor and would just take “a minute” of your time to tell you a good story. He could talk about his flowers and gardens for hours, and enjoyed puttering around the house with projects, housekeeping, cooking and watching the Iowa State Cyclones. Dennis loved supporting his boys and grandchildren at all their activities. He loved his family very much, and they loved him more.

Dennis will be greatly missed by the many family, friends and community members whose lives he touched.

Dennis is survived by his wife of 53 years, Donna (Moe) Zidlicky; his two sons, Dean (Casey) Zidlicky of Minnesota City, MN and Don (Karrie) Zidlicky of Lansing; his grandchildren, Colin Zidlicky (fiancé Jeff Holt), Cody Zidlicky (fiancée Cassey Urell) and Carter Zidlicky (girlfriend Jaydon Snitker); and special family, Kevin Anderson of Festina and Alyssa (Brent) Troyer of Columbus, OH.

He is also survived by his siblings: Mary (Ron) Oyloe of Decorah, Gary (Marla) Zidlicky of Decorah, Dave (Bonnie) Zidlicky of Ridgeway, John (Joan) Zidlicky of Spillville and Alan (Bill) Zidlicky of Iron River, WI; his brothers- and sisters-in-law: Marilyn Sensor of Decorah, JoAn Headington of Waverly, Sharon Cook of Waterloo, Dale (Joan) Moe of Eau Claire, WI and Arlyn Moe (Pam Pahl) of Decorah; along with many nieces and nephews.

Dennis is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Gatriel Zidlicky; his father- and mother-in-law, Earl and Marjorie (Bakkum) Moe; his brothers-in-law, Chuck Sensor and Bill Cook; and his nephew, Matthew Oyloe.