Kenneth “Gov” James Zocher, 65, Athens, died on Thursday, February 4, 2021 unexpectedly at his home. He was born May 25, 1955 in Wausau, son of the late Hilbert and Shirley (Ziegel) Zocher. He married Barbara Schreiner on July 4, 1980. They later divorced on August 17, 1989.
Ken graduated from Athens High School and attended college briefly. After that he worked in the woods with his dad. He also helped his parents run Zoch’s Wayside, which he later on was owner/operator of. After selling the bar, he worked for many years at Hurd Millwork. At the time of his death he was currently employed with Eastbay.
Throughout the years, he enjoyed a very social life. Some of his favorite pastimes included playing softball in his younger days, pool, bowling, horseshoes and dartball. He liked running the local turkey shoots. And as many know, he really enjoyed dancing. He was also involved with church, being on the board of trustees for some time. Ken ran for 86th District WI State Assembly a few times, which led to his nickname “Gov”. He was a very proud father and grandfather. Kenny will be remembered for his smile he often had followed with a giggle you’ll never forget. Most importantly he was good to everyone he came in contact with. He truly will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his daughter, Laurel (Adam) Pitzke of Stetsonville; a grandson, Brandon Seefeld (Kaila Dunahee) of Athens; two granddaughters, Hailey and Faith Pitzke of Stetsonville; a great granddaughter, Daisy Seefeld of Athens; siblings, Cheryl (Dennis) Strunk, Robert Zocher, both of Athens, and Kay (Todd) Roth of Mosinee; 8 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hilbert and Shirley Zocher and a grandson, Paul Pitzke.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Athens. Rev. Mark Schwalenberg will officiate. Visitation will be at church on Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be held at a later date.
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