Jeffrey DeZeeuw
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Jeffrey DeZeeuw

Jeffrey "Zeke" Scott DeZeeuw, 51, died Thursday, February 12, 2015. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wed., Feb. 18, 2015, at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings. Visitations will be from 5-7 P.M. Tues., Feb. 17, at Eidsness Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to the Sioux Falls Humane Society or the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill at

Jeff was born November 11, 1963, in Brookings, SD, to Don and Judi (McKeown) DeZeeuw. He grew up in the Elkton, SD, area, was graduated from Elkton High School, then Lake Area Vo-Tech and Brown University, and attended Ashford University and Colorado Tech. His passion for learning continued throughout his life.

Jeff enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1986. He initially joined the 1742nd Transportation Company and served with honor, beginning with Operation Desert Storm. Jeff received several honors along the way and retired after 23 years of military service.

Jeff enjoyed a variety of jobs throughout the years. He particularly enjoyed his stint as DJ for KKCK in the 80s. He loved following the Packers, Twins and Jackrabbits, fishing, motorcycling, landscaping and gardening, and working on his home.

Jeff was active in church, and volunteered at the Sioux Falls Humane Society and the Banquet.

Grateful for having shared his life are his parents, Don and Judi of Brookings; his sisters, Sherry (Michael) Mohror of Lake Preston, and Jackie (David) Rippert of Brookings; special friend Connie Kramer; nephews Ryan Nesseim and Ronald Nesseim of Lake Preston; niece Bobbi (Brian) Lingbeck of Ramona, Steffanie (Lee) Butler of Aberdeen, Desmond Mohror of Aberdeen, Haley Rippert and Brandon Rippert of Brookings; and great-nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Rufus and Gertrude DeZeeuw and Verle McKeown and Adell McKeown.

Jeff was a compassionate and kind son, brother, uncle and friend, who loved to laugh and make jokes. He loved his family, especially his nieces and nephews. Jeff had life-long friends who supported him. Jeff also struggled with bi-polar disorder. We will miss him every day.

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Published in Argus Leader on Feb. 16, 2015.
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March 14, 2015
Don and Judy,
We send our love and prayers at this most difficult time.
Bill and Sandi Danielson
March 14, 2015
We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Saying prayers for you
Betsie & Gary Brown
March 13, 2015
Sorry for your loss
Dale Hustad
March 12, 2015
Don & Judi - I just found out about Jeff. I am so sorry to hear this & please know I'm thinking of you both & sending many hugs.
Bonnie Schramel
February 18, 2015
Don & Judi...I am so sorry you lost your son! I know how that feels, God has him in his arms now, all is good!
Hang on tight this is a rough ride but you can do prayers are with you. Mary Nelson
Mary Nelson
February 18, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to Don and Judi and family during this difficult time we love you guys.
Marlys & Marv Timm
February 18, 2015
Jeff will be missed, my sympathies and prayers to his family and friends. He was always willing to help me out when I moved over to the Transportation side of the SDNG. Very kind and caring.
Scott Rosenkranz
February 18, 2015
Zeke was a good man with struggles, it's a very sad situation for everyone but for those who knew him he was a sincere, honest, hard working man who always put others first. He'll be missed by many. Rest in Peace my friend.
Bryan DeBaere
February 18, 2015
I will always remember Jeff as a kind man with a warm heart- may God bring comfort to all who have been affected by this tragedy-my thoughts and prayers go out to you.
Denyce Campbell
February 17, 2015
Jeff will be missed! He was a great guy that would do anything for you and cared about everyone. He will be forever in our hearts. Cherish his memories always.
Leah Anderson Ekeren
February 17, 2015
Don and Judi, We were so sad when we heard about Jeff. You and your family have been in our thoughts. Remember the good times. Milt and Deb Mckeown.
February 17, 2015
We were both members of the 1742nd Trans Co many years ago and knew Jeff well. He was a really hard worker and a big asset to our unit. He had a great sense of humor and always had a big smile for everyone. We are very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers.
Terry & Tricia Paulsen
February 16, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. Your family are in our prayers.
Jennifer Goeman
February 16, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Brenda Hart-Arana
February 16, 2015
Rest in Peace Brother.
Rick S
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