Paul Joseph Zens


   Paul Joseph Zens, 62, of Redfield, South Dakota, passed away at home on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.  Visitation will be Monday, December 12, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield.  A private family funeral service will take place at a later date.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home (

   Paul was born on October 10, 1960, in Faulkton, South Dakota.  He met the love of his life, Janelle Geuke, in the fall of 1980.  Paul became a father overnight with Janelle’s three children, Brett, Summer, and Seth.  Paul had his first child, Amber Zens, on September 3, 1982.  Paul and Janelle were joined in matrimony on October 26, 1996.

   Paul spent his entire life in the world of farming and agriculture.  Paul had a great interest and passion for working with his hands.  He worked with poultry, was a hired hand, and he was a self-taught mechanic.  Paul worked as a diesel mechanic for John Deere and he enjoyed doing service work on farms.  He got immense joy from helping farmers repair their equipment so they could get back to work. He enjoyed being a semi-truck driver and would haul the falls harvest to places like North Dakota. He wasn’t scared to jump in a combine or grain truck to help his fellow neighbors and friends bring in their crops.

   Paul had many personal interests in life.  He enjoyed watching NASCAR and football and was an avid collector of NASCAR memorabilia.  He found pleasure in keeping his property maintained and immaculate. He was quick to notice things that needed attention and could fix almost anything.  He was a wonderful guy to know because he would help anyone in need if he could.  Some would go as far as to say he was the town’s handyman.  He also enjoyed his best-furry friends, Chester and Hanna.

   Paul is survived by his wife Janelle Zens of Redfield; son Brett (Stephanie) Geuke of Delta, Colorado and their children: Dillon and Indy; daughter Summer (Chad Wells) Geuke of Goodyear, Arizona and her daughter Sydney (Whitney) Moore; son Seth (Ashley) Geuke of Temple, Texas and his children: Liza, Gunnar, and Molly; and daughter Amber (Kelly) Siebrecht of Redfield and their children: Logan, Kendyl, Braylee.