Dennis Zoss

Dennis Zoss


April 28, 1949 - January 9, 2023


Dennis Zoss, 73, of Letcher, SD, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2023, at Avera McKennan & University Health Center in Sioux Falls, SD after courageously walking the cancer journey. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, January 14, at First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at a later date at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be Friday, January 13, from 5-7:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Dennis Jacob Zoss was born in Mitchell, SD to Jake and Erma (Adams) Zoss on April 28, 1949. He grew up on the family farm north of Letcher, SD. Dennis attended Logan Township School until becoming a Forestburg Buccaneer. He graduated in 1967. Dennis went on to Southern State College in Springfield, SD, graduating in 1971. While at Southern State College, he wrestled and still has the record for quickest pin for heavyweight. He was a proud Southern State College Pointer.

After college, Dennis married Paula Schmoll. To this union, three children were born: Amanda, Kimberly, and Darin. Dennis made his home on the family farm until his passing. Dennis worked in manufacturing for a major part of his life and gained numerous friends from that line of work. One of his greatest hobbies was growing produce in his garden, hunting, fishing, woodworking, and never missing an episode of Jeopardy. Dennis also enjoyed his coffee group after church on Sundays.

Dennis’s greatest joys were his grandchildren: Kennedy, Darby, Ethan, and Leah. Being “Grandpa” or “Papa Zoss” was his shining achievement. He rarely missed an event in which the grandchildren were participating – and always with a camera in hand.

Surviving Dennis are his children: Amanda (Dan) Neugebauer and their daughters Darby and Leah of Sioux Falls, SD; Kimberly Lofgren (Chad Evans) and her children Kennedy and Ethan of Mitchell, SD and Paige and Sydney Evans of Aberdeen, SD; and bonus daughter, Kelsey (Dzenan) Berberovic of Sioux Falls, SD. Dennis is also survived by his siblings: Don (Susan Hershberger) of Sunshine, AZ; Maurice (Deb) Zoss of Loomis, SD; Jackie (Al) Bowling of Anchorage, AK; and John (Donna) Zoss of Layfette, IN, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Dennis is preceded in death, and once again reunited with, his son, Darin Zoss; parents, Jake and Erma Zoss; and sister, Noretta Tines.

In lieu of flowers, memorials for Dennis may be made to the Sanborn County 4-H Building Project (P.O. Box 397, Woonsocket, SD 57385) or the Downtown Mitchell First United Methodist Church (310 North Rowley Street, Mitchell, SD 57301).


Friday, January 13, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, January 14, 2023
10:30 AM
First United Methodist Church
310 N Rowley St.
Mitchell, SD 57301


Sunset Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Linda and Randy Verba on January 14, 2023
Sincere sympathy to all. So hard to lose those Dads!!
Posted by Leslie Ohlrogge on January 13, 2023
Love & prayers to you, Amanda & Kimberly & families. There's no one like "Dad". Thinking of you with deepest sympathy.
Posted by Jill Swenson on January 13, 2023
Sympathies to all. Cherish your memories. 🙏
Posted by Short Larson on January 13, 2023
What a quirky, witty, one liner, adorable man!!! Hang on to those memories!!! So sorry, girls!!!!
Posted by Barb and Keith Senska on January 12, 2023
Our sympathy goes out to you girls and families. Your Dad will be greatly missed by many. We have lots of good memories
Posted by Teresa & Roger Gebel on January 11, 2023
Our deepest condolences i your entire family.
Posted by Lynn Brueske on January 11, 2023
So sorry for your loss. He will be missed by many! 'Cherish all those wonderful memories.
Posted by Jim Wold on January 11, 2023
Our sympathies and prayers to the Zoss family. Dennis was a great man with simple needs. He will be missed.
Posted by Jackie Christiansen on January 11, 2023
Denny was a wonderful person. Prayers for the family that God will bless you with comfort.
Posted by Jenna Doorn on January 11, 2023
Sorry for you loss.
Posted by Birgit Aviles on January 11, 2023
Our sympathies go out to the family
Posted by Janice (Zoss) Hendrix on January 11, 2023
Sympathy and prayers to Dennis's family.
Posted by James Adams on January 10, 2023
Love and prayers for the zoss family
Posted by Betty Adams Christensen. on January 10, 2023
A dear sweet cousin who surely will be missed. Love and prayers for his immediate family members.,
Posted by Carol Amick on January 10, 2023
Our sympathy goes out to the Zoss family. Dennis was always pleasant to visit with. Dad and Darin are now reunited!
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