Obituary: Dean D. Pfaff

Dean D. Pfaff, age 96, passed away peacefully at the Pines in Prairie du Sac on Thursday, Dec. 7,2023 surrounded by his family.  He was born Oct. 4,1927 in Hillpoint to the late Theodore and Esther (Langley) Pfaff.  He worked alongside his father in his blacksmith and machine shop until 1950.  Dean proudly served in the U.S. Army in a tank company during the Korean Conflict from 1950-1952, honorably discharged as Master Sergeant.  Upon his return he was united in marriage to Violet Gudenschwager at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Hillpoint on Mar. 8, 1951; they were married for over 57 years before Violet passed on Mar. 29, 2010.  They moved to Sauk Prairie where they raised their family and Dean became Chief Engineer for Wisconsin Dairies; later Foremost Farms for 35 years.  He saw the plant grow to 14 plants in several states.

In retirement, Dean started Badger Fabrication, a stainless-steel fabrication business with his son John and Bob who later joined the business. Dean was a faithful and active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council.  He was a member of the American Legion, the Lachmund-Cramer VFW Post 7694 and American Welding Society.  Dean loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, golfing and time with his family.

Dean is survived by his daughters, Deanna (Tom) Fischer; Rita (Kris) Sperstad; sons, Robert (Deb) Pfaff and John (Sharol) Pfaff; nine grandchildren, Claire Fischer, Doug (Chrissy) Fischer, and David (Kyra Silbernagel) Fischer; Andy Pfaff and Daniel (Amber Gray) Pfaff; Dean (Jess) Sperstad and Julie (Aaron) Bergen; T.J. (Krissy) Pfaff and Brady (Maeve Nicoll) Pfaff; great grandchildren, Braydon, Brecken, Isaiah, Grace, Leif, Cedar, Damon; sister in-law, Maggie Pfaff; and was known as “Uncle Dean” to nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Bob, Jerry, Orlow, and sister Eileen Hasse.

A Funeral Service for Dean will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, Dec. 19,2023 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 100 Oak St., Prairie du Sac.  A visitation will be held from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Monday evening Dec. 18th at the church, and also the morning of the service, one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment with Military Honors accorded by the Lachmund-Cramer VFW Post will follow at the Sauk City Cemetery.

Dean’s family would like to express their thanks to the staff at the Pines Assisted Living for many years of wonderful care and Agrace Hospice for the excellent end of life care.

In honor of Dean, his family would like memorials to be made to the Badger Honor Flight.

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