Eugene "Butch" Lee Zietz, 84, of Minot, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in a Minot nursing home.
Eugene was born Sept. 2, 1929, at Lansford, the son of Benjamin and Bertha (Spitzack) Zietz. He was raised in the Lansford area and attended school in Lansford.
He was united in marriage to Joann Pugh on Jan. 20, 1952, in Minot. They made their home in Burlington for several years, before moving to the Minot area. Eugene was employed at United Buckingham Trucking (which became Dakota Transfer) for 28 years. He was later employed at Minot State University as a custodian for three years until he retired in 1982 due to a disability. Joann died March 24, 2007.
Eugene was a longtime member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Minot, and the local Teamster's Union. He was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansford, and the Minot Eagles Aerie. Butch was a hard worker and took pride in everything he did, including raising 10 children and helping with his grandchildren whenever he could. Along with the joys of fishing and hunting he loved watching his children play softball and baseball. After retirement he loved gardening and doing yard work and was always happy to have a lunch date with his children or grandchildren at Charlie's or Lydia's cafe.
Eugene is survived by his loving family: children, Kathy Holmes, Shoreview, Minn., Gordon (Candis) Zietz, Garrison, Kevin (Judy) Zietz, Rugby, Bruce (Colette) Zietz, Bemidji, Minn., Danny (Danelle) Zietz, Minot, Dennis (LuAnn) Zietz, Stanley, Tomie (Tina) Zietz, Kenmare, Susie (Brian) George, Minot, Jamie (Lisa) Zietz, Minot, daughter-in-law, Sue Zietz, Garrison; grandchildren, Scott Holmes, Suzette Holmes, Andy (Amber) Zietz, Derek Zietz, Josh (Breann) Zietz, Lynette (Mike) Haggarty, Lance (Angela) Zietz, Shane Zietz, Eric Zietz, Angela Cook, Savana (Jeff) Pitcher, Tonya (Justin) Mattern, Mike (Kaia) Zietz, Megan (Chase) Getchell, Miles Zietz, Mandy Zietz, Lynden Zietz, Brock Zietz, Chelsey Zietz, Casey George, Connor George, Kenzie George, Kylee George, Wyatt Zietz, Jordan Zietz and Zachary Zietz; 26 great-grandchildren; brother, Lester (Lenore) Zietz, Underwood; sister, Fern (Ed) Bradway, Ridgecrest, Calif.; brother-in-law, Jim (Barb) Stanton, Minneapolis; a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Eugene was preceded in death by: his wife of 55 years, Joann; parents; sons, Mike and Eugene Jr., who died in infancy; brothers, Vernon, Chester, Arlo, Donald and John; sisters, Eleanor, Bernie, Doris, Violet and Lillian; and great-grandson, Noah Haggerty.
Funeral service: Monday, Jan. 6, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Today, Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).