Darius "Beaner" Zieske, of Granite Falls, passed away Monday, January 23, 2023 at the St. Cloud Hospital at the age of 79.
Visitation will be held Friday, February 3, 2023 from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM at Anderson - TeBeest Funeral Home in Granite Falls.
Arrangements are with Anderson - TeBeest Funeral Home of Granite Falls. www.andersontebeest.com
Darius “Beaner” Gene Zieske was born on June 24, 1943 in Redwood Falls, MN to Calvin and Rose (Bernardy) Zieske. He grew up on a farm near Seaforth and his family moved to rural Granite Falls later in his childhood. Beaner was united in marriage to Ellen Hagen on April 4, 1964 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Granite Falls. They made their home in Granite Falls where Beaner worked for Martin Marietta for over 40 years.
Beaner had a great love for the outdoors with hunting and fishing and took pride in teaching his grandchildren his secrets. Over the years Beaner taught snowmobile lessons and even coached summer league softball. He enjoyed going to races at local dirt tracks, going to the casino, playing bingo and going to his campsite in Villard. One special person that has taken care of Beaner is Teri Schlemmer who always made Beaner laugh and smile especially when she would pick him up for Thursday Night Bingo. Beaner had a great love for his prized 1972 orange Chevy truck, which he took to many car shows and won many awards. What Darius loved the most was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and sharing his passions with them. Beaner was so proud of being able to meet his first great-grandchild and cherished every moment with Bryson.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen; daughters, Lisa (Scott) Zweibohmer of Dassel, MN and Marcy Anderson of Rogers, MN and ; grandchildren: Tyler (significant other, Stef) and her daughter, Taylor, Austin (significant other, Kelsey) and their son, Bryson, Nicole, and Peyton; brothers: Darrell (Lynnae) Zieske, Perry (Joan) Zieske, and Kevin (Laurie) Zieske; sisters, LeNae (Art) Lang and LynDa (Mark) Bethke; sisters-in-law, Joyce Zieske and Shirley Zieske; and several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Beaner was preceded in death by his parents; and niece, Karla Hagen; and brothers, Arlan Zieske, and Dennis Zieske.