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Cyril Donald "Zeke" DesRocher

February 25, 1935 ~ February 28, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Cyril "Zeke" DesRocher Obituary

Cyril D. “Zeke” DesRocher, age 89 of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at Benedictine Manor in La Crosse, WI. He was born in Prairie du Chien on February 25, 1935, the son of Filbert and Marie (DuCharme) DesRocher. After highschool he enlisted and served in the U.S. Army stationed in Alaska during the Korean War performing communication duties. Following his service, Zeke attended the UW Plateville graduating with a teaching degree. He began his teaching career in Sun Prairie and also bartended at Ishnala in the Wis Dells during the summer months. He returned to PDC and taught at both the high school and junior high. He met his true love Ginger Jeffers and they were married in September 1965. After an additional teaching and coaching career at Campion Jesuit High School the couple took over Ginger's family supper club Jeffers Black Angus until their retirement in 2007. Zeke was an accomplished coach of football, basketball and baseball. He also officiated over the same sports as a referee and umpire. He played softball, was an avid bowler and loved the game of golf. The day before he passed away, he told his daughters he was proud of these things: to have achieved a wonderful marriage, had two great kids, scored a hole in one, a royal flush playing poker and lived a long and happy life. Well done Little Buddy, well done. Zeke’s wife of 56 years, Ginger preceded him in death on December 6, 2021. He is survived by his daughters Christie Burkitt and Heather DesRocher; his brother Paul Desrocher and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his “adopted son" Hutchie. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son in law Scott Burkitt, brothers Ken and Don DesRocher; sisters Dorothy Selvera, Rose Ruppert, Marge Wood, and 2 infant sisters. 

A Celebration of Zeke’s Life will be Saturday, June 1, 2024 from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Prairie du Chien Country Club, with private inurnment in the Calvary Cemetery.

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Celebration of Life
June 1, 2024

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Prairie du Chien Country Club
38485 US Highway 18
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
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