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Dennis R. Zea
October 24, 1937 - December 3, 2017





Dennis Zea, 80 of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away from Pancreatic Cancer at his home surrounded by family on Sunday, December 3, 2017.

Dennis Zea, son of Glen and Cleo (O’Rielly) Zea, was born on October 24, 1937. Dennis graduated from Washington High School in 1955 and then enlisted with the United States Air Force where he was awarded the Outstanding Unit, later being honorably discharged in 1959. Dennis then attended Business Management courses at National Business College, receiving his Associate’s Degree.


Dennis was united in marriage with Karolee Ann Olsen on May 26, 1962, in Bryant, SD. Dennis worked for North Central Life Insurance in St. Paul, MN, for 26 years. He called on many South Dakota banks and developed many great relationships. He coached Bantam Baseball, Y Basketball (Boys and Girls) and officiated high school football for several years. He enjoyed fishing and golfing. Dennis’s hobbies included going to their cabin on Lake Poinsett, playing fast pitch baseball for Lyle’s Conoco and won the South Dakota Stated Championship in 1965. In the later years of his life, he truly enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Karolee Zea, Sioux Falls, SD; daughters Annette Henslin and her husband Chad, Valley Springs, SD, Kim Simon and her husband Steve, Sioux Falls, SD, Melissa Zea, Sioux Falls, SD; son Phil Zea and his wife Melissa, Sioux Falls, SD; brother Jay Zea and his wife Lian, Sioux Falls, SD; 8 Grandchildren; 7 Great Grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents.

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