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Dennis L. Zugel

Dennis passed away Sunday, November 29, 2020 at his home in Allegan.

He was born February 27, 1946 in Gary, Indiana, the son of Frances “Frank” and Georgia (Gilleo) Zugel. Dennis proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Vietnam War. For 37 years he worked at Parker Hannifin and after his retirement worked at Harbor Freight for several years.

Dennis was a jack of all trades and had a very giving heart. He would do anything to help anyone in need. He enjoyed the outdoors and liked hunting, fishing, shooting and trapping. Dennis loved his family very much and cherished spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of the Allegan American Legion. In 1965 in Watson Township he married Dorothy “Dottie” Coburn who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Dan (Tina) Zugel of Fennville and Dana (Brent) Smallidge of Allegan; 5 grandchildren, Tiffany, Nichole, Brooke, Autumn and Mitchell; a great-grandchild due soon; his sister, Marge Ehresman along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jerry Zugel.

A private family visitation will take place starting at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at the Winkel Funeral Home until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Rick Jones officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Masks and social distancing guidelines will be followed. For those unable to attend a link will be provided to view Dennis’ funeral service starting at 11:00 A.M., on Tuesday December 8, 2020. The link will be active for 30 days. To view the stream please click here:

Contributions in memory of Dennis may be made to the

Wounded Warrior Project.

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Joyce Mohrland

December 1, 2020 at 8:00 pm

So sorry to hear of Denny’s passing. Enjoyed working with him for many years at Parker. Such a kind and caring man. Prayers for the family


Jackie (Gauthier) Bryan

December 1, 2020 at 8:01 pm

Dottie so sorry to hear sending hugs to you and your family


Jackie Schroeder

December 1, 2020 at 8:13 pm

Dottie sorry to hear of your lose. Thinking of you and family Prayers for all of you


Becky Riegle

December 1, 2020 at 8:15 pm

So sorry to you all! You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

Becky (Vogt)


Brenda Dussia

December 1, 2020 at 8:20 pm

So sorry for you’re loss Dot my thoughts & prayers are with all of you


Judy Warner Krebs

December 1, 2020 at 8:40 pm

Dottie and family,

I am so sorry to hear of Dennys passing.. You are in my thoughts and prayers . Love to you and family.


Susan J. Russell

December 1, 2020 at 9:08 pm

So sorry Dotting for your loss. I worked with Danny for years. May God bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.


Ken Fisher

December 1, 2020 at 9:14 pm

We’re so sorry to hear about your loss, our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family


Kevin Nickerson

December 2, 2020 at 9:15 am

So sorry to see of his passing! Prayers for family! Denny was my mentor at Parker. I learned so much from him. His wit and energy was an inspiration. Yes a giving man! At Christmas he would hand out Christmas cards with lottery tickets in them to his team members at work. He left his mark in our hearts! RIP ole friend!


Bill Standish

December 2, 2020 at 10:00 am

Denny left a big footprint in the hearts of everyone who knew him. Danny and I will never forget the prank we played on him at the Barbershop. Sending my sincere condolences to all of his loving family.


Ralph and Carolyn Ehresman

December 2, 2020 at 10:13 am

Dear Aunt Dot and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

We love you ,

Ralph and Carolyn


Penny Browning Baker

December 2, 2020 at 3:02 pm

So sorry to hear this about my old Parker Brass friend. When you talked to Denny, what you saw was what you got. Hard working, honest to a fault, very black & white, stood fiercely for what he believed in, and Loved His Wife and Family. You will be missed.


Barbara Merchant

December 2, 2020 at 7:25 pm

Dottie and Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.


Ann Bronkema

December 2, 2020 at 7:34 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He and his co-workers contributed to make Parker Brass a great place to work.


Jan Jameson

December 2, 2020 at 9:42 pm

Denny was good people,and I am honored to have had him as a friend. Worked at Parker with him. He and I worked together on many tooling issues. Denny was good at what he did.Parker also was lucky to have had him.

My love and sincere condolences to Dottie and the family.

R.I.P ,my friend


Dan and Julie Andrus

December 3, 2020 at 11:25 am

So sorry for such a great loss. I never worked along side Denny but he always had a smile for everyone. We knew his nephew, Jerry, better and I know he looked up to his uncle. Prayers of comfort for his family.


Mariann Ehresman

December 3, 2020 at 1:31 pm

Aunt DOT and family ,

So sorry for your loss. We loved uncle DENNY so much. He was such a great man. He had a big heart and a lot of love for everyone. Will miss his smiling face and kind words. Love and prayers to you and your family.Love you all.


Sue Peck

December 3, 2020 at 3:54 pm

So sorry to his family. He was a good person GAry and I enjoyed our conversations with him.he was a very special person. May he rest in peace.


Bonnie&Roger Reef

December 3, 2020 at 4:21 pm

Dottie and Family,

So sorry to hear about Denny. Bonnie and I are thinking of you. Are prayers are with you and your family.


Agnes Schmitt Vanarsdal

December 4, 2020 at 1:21 pm

Denny family, Mike and my deepest sympathy. We both worked with Denny at Parker. May God’s grace be with you.

Mike and Agnes ( Schmitt) Vanarsdal


Lee and Diane Boysen

December 4, 2020 at 6:27 pm

Our are very sad to hear of Denny’s passing. Our hearts go out to the entire family.


sheri himes

December 4, 2020 at 8:27 pm

Dottie an Family, So sorry to hear of Denny’s passing.. I worked with Denny at Parker Hannifin for years, He was all ways helpful an kind. Great personality. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. You an your family are in my heart an prayers May Gods Peace be with you. Sheri Himes


Bill & Barb Brennan

December 5, 2020 at 3:58 am

Dottie and family, Denny was a kind and very thoughtful man. If you knew him you loved him. Will see him again in

heaven someday and that we all look forward to see that smiling face once again . Keep the faith. You’re in our prayers.


Alice Comai

December 5, 2020 at 11:50 am

My sincere regrets for the loss of Denny, he was such a nice guy. I remember on Halloween he would wear that gorilla costume. He was short enough to be realistic. Such a super nice guy. May you RIP, My prayers for his family.


Barb & Dave Blanchard

December 5, 2020 at 5:34 pm

Dottie and Family we send our prayers to all of you. Hold each other close. Talk with each other, share your memories. I enjoyed working with Denny at Parker Brass, he was passionate and focused. There was no doubt, he cared and it showed everyday. May Denny find peace with our Lord.


Cheryl Cook

December 5, 2020 at 6:27 pm

Dottie, we are so very sorry for Denny’s passing. We are here if you need anything at all.

Brian and Cheryl Cook


Jim and Evelyn May

December 6, 2020 at 1:28 pm

Words can’t describe the emptiness and sorrow that Jim and I feel with Dennis’s passing. He was a great brother-in-law. Always there when we needed him. Always a smile on his face. He loved his family without question. Rest peacefully Dennis. Sis, we will get through this together. Love you


Terry and Melissa Shumaker

December 7, 2020 at 5:20 pm

Sending Prayers Dan to you and your family. Will always remember that smile.

Love The Shumakers


Chris Ehresman

December 7, 2020 at 8:58 pm

Very sad to hear this news. I will always carry fond memories of Uncle Denny, Prayers to the family.

Love Chris, Dana, Payton Ehresman


Randy & Cindy Khodl

December 7, 2020 at 9:57 pm

Aunt Dot Danny Dana and family my heart goes out to all of you.

Uncle Dennis was a very caring man and yes he did help and touch many Lives I to this day cannot Thank him enough along with Aunt Dot for all that they have done to help my family and myself. If you were doing something he was always their to lend a helping hand He will sure be missed.


Craig Ash

December 12, 2020 at 7:10 pm

So sorry for your lost. Dennis was a classmate of mine. We Graduated from Martin High School in 1965. I remember him as quiet and kind. Prayers for the Family.


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