Marc "Bucks" Zuelsdorf

  • Born: February 17, 1953
  • Died: September 14, 2021
  • Location: Horicon, Wisconsin

Koepsell-Murray Funeral & Cremation Services, Beaver Dam

N7199 N. Crystal Lake Road
Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Tel. (920) 885-6600

Tribute & Message From The Family

Marc "Bucks" Zuelsdorf, age 68, died Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at Randolph Healthcare Services after battling ALS.

There will be a memorial gathering at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Marc Steven Zuelsdorf was born on February 17, 1953 to Roland and Lilah (nee: Kovalaske) Zuelsdorf. He graduated from Horicon High School in 1971. On March 3, 1973, he was united in marriage with Gayl Genzmer in Horicon. Marc's parents owned and operated Horicon Marsh Boat Tours and Marc began taking tours out at age 11. In 1994, he and Gayl purchased the business and operated it until 2019 when Covid, and ultimately health, forced them to close. Marc also worked as a carpenter in the off seasons for many years. Marc was a firefighter in Horicon for 45 years and served as Captain for over 15 years. He drove school bus for Johnson Bus for over 35 years and really enjoyed driving the Horicon teams to their away events, especially the football team. Marc also worked the chain-gang for the Horicon football team's home games. Often on Friday nights, Marc could be found enjoying a fish fry at the Legion Hall. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling. Marc was a life-member of the Horicon Marsh Bowmen's Club and enjoyed his Thursday evening Archery group. He served on the Horicon Park Board and on the Horicon Marsh Education Center board.

Survivors include his wife, Gayl of Horicon; three children, Stacy Zuelsdorf (Mark Tesch) of Horicon, Stephanie (Mike) Utz of Beaver Dam, and Kyle Zuelsdorf of Horicon; two grandchildren, Ella Sommerfeld and Kadyn White; his mother, Lilah Zuelsdorf; eight brothers and sisters, Paula (Ed) Brockner of Beaver Dam, Jeffrey (Cheryl) Zuelsdorf of Sheboygan Falls, Christy (Corby) Seboe of WA, Terry (Sandy) Zuelsdorf of Burnett, Jona Luckey of Beaver Dam, Lee (Jessica) Zuelsdorf of Fond du Lac, Kurt (Carol) Zuelsdorf of FL, and Ward Zuelsdorf of Burnett; a brother-in-law, Jerry (Jill) Genzmer of Horicon; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Marc was preceded in death by his father; and his father-in-law & mother-in-law, Jerome & Lorena Genzmer.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to ALS Closet for their on-going support in Marc's time of need, especially Robin and Dave, and to ALL the staff at Randolph Healthcare Services for their tireless care attending to Marc's every need.

Memorials may be made to the family and will be distributed between several charities. Please mail to the family or to the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home, N7199 N. Crystal Lake Road, Beaver Dam, WI 53916.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sad to have heard the news of Marc's passing, which of course I had to hear during the deer hunting season. Marc and I often crossed paths in my earlier years, whether he was driving us to sporting events in high school, on the marsh hunting or DAILY for the five summers I worked at the Ice Cream Station in Horicon. Marc and Gayl were my most "dedicated" customers and always came with a smile regardless of the weather. So many great memories on and off the Horicon Marsh (Marc's second home). I remember seeing his father, his son and himself during this deer hunting week, year after year on the State Farm. Most of the time, dragging a deer off. Marc was such an amazing person, husband, father and friend. You won't find a better role model. You will be missed Marc and I wish the family peace and many amazing memories forever. ~Mike

Posted by Mike Thiede - Pardeeville, WI - Friend   November 23, 2021

A brothers love is special, especially an older brother. I am lucky to have been in his life, memories will last a lifetimeas I assume the role of the eldest brother, I have some big shoes to fillrest easy my brother, look in on us once in a while

Posted by Jeffrey Zuelsdorf - WI - Brother   October 08, 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss. I met Marc a few times when I took the boat tour near the marsh. He had a lovely personality and a wealth of knowledge. I also saw him on Around the Corner with John McGivern. I'm happy that I can see him occasionally there and still learn from him.

Posted by Susanne - Milwaukee, WI - Acquaintance   October 07, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the Zuelsdorf family, all his brothers and sisters and to his Mother. I grew up next door to the family on Main street. I have a lot of fond memories of marc. What I remember the most that Marc's favorite song was Thunderstruck. That song always put a smile on his face. Rest in peace my friend, you will be sadly missed.

Posted by Kurt Baerwald - Horicon, WI - Family Friend   September 29, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. My heartfelt condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Gabriela Richman - Marlton, NJ - Friend   September 22, 2021

Gayl and family, Wishing you patience, Love and steadfastness for all of the changes and those yet to come. I have only fond memories of being in your tour facility to learn, to enjoy bringing visitors, and to participate in birding events. Marc in one of those gentle people who taught me to be a quiet presence in the midst of our wildlife. I was spurred on to learn more and to appreciate the sacredness of our Marsh Lands. That has been his influence on me, and I am grateful to have known him.

Posted by Mary Colleen Ward - Juneau, WI - Acquaintance   September 22, 2021


Such a great loss. Will miss him very much. One of a kind in all the good ways.

Posted by Brad Webb - Watertown, WI   September 21, 2021

Marc was an excellent marsh tour guide. Several years ago I took Sister Annina on one of Marc tours. She was our principal at St. Malachy's. She loved the tour and seeing Marc and even had him spell Cormorant-- did I spell that bird's name correctly?

Posted by Babbi Young - 53186, WI - Classmate   September 21, 2021

My heartfelt condolences to Gayle and all of Marc's family. I have known him forever. RIP Marc.

Posted by Roy Maas Maas - GoodYear, AZ - Friend   September 20, 2021


Gayl and family -- I am so sorry hear about Marc's passing. I remember him taking us out on the boat and me doing the video many many years ago. Such an inspiration and service you all provided! Thinking of you all and many hugs of comfort and peace.

Posted by Chris Behl - Columbus, WI - Acquaintance   September 19, 2021

Marc was an inspiration for all that went out into the Marsh with him. He was the highlight of the trips I organized through the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center to the marsh. I never met anyone who could tell what species of duck was flying over the marsh so far away that it was hard to even see the bird.

Posted by Don Quintenz - Bayside, WI - Friend   September 19, 2021


I am so sorry for your loss. You're all in my thoughts and prayers.
-Sherri Wruck, friend Pardeeville, WI,September 18th

Posted by Sherri Wruck - Pardeeville, WI - Friend   September 18, 2021

We were so sorry to hear the sad news of Marc's passing and wish to extend our sincerest condolences to his family. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

Posted by Sue Misudek Misudek - Fond du Lac, WI - Friend   September 17, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to the Zuelsdorf family. Marc was an awesome bus driver. His kiddos miss him dearly. He not only drove his route daily (35 years-accident free); he would do charters, help with maintenance on the buses, plow snow or anything he could tinker with at the bus garage. Johnson Bus lost a great person. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Zuelsdorf family.

Posted by Johnson School Bus - Horicon, WI - Coworker   September 17, 2021

Our sincere condolences to your family. We didn't know Marc personally but enjoyed taking our out of town friends on his wonderful boat tours! He has contributed much to this community and we would like to thank you for the mark he has made in so many lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Steve and Laurie Scholten

Posted by Steve and Laurie Scholten - Horicon, WI   September 17, 2021

I am so sorry. I am glad I got to know him better at Randolph and I prayed for him. He provided a lot of joy with the boat tours, a true son of the Marsh.

Posted by Bette Marolla - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   September 16, 2021

So sorry for you loss! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Kris Duhr - Hartford, WI - Friend   September 16, 2021

Marc was such an active member of our community and provided so much to our school: from driving our buses for sports teams, routes and field trips, running the chain gang at the football games and so many tours on the pontoon and telling us of his vast knowledge of the Horicon Marsh. Marc loved our students, coaches and staff and our school district.
On a personal note, My father and family shared time on the Marsh tour with Marc and Gayl 1 week before he passed away a few years ago. Dad loved the tour and told me what a beautiful day he had and thanked Marc up and down for accommodating him and letting him spend one more day on the pontoon...
Thoughts and prayers to the entire Zuelsdorf family.

Rich & Tammy Appel and the School District of Horicon Staff and Students

Posted by Rich Appel - Horicon, WI - Friend   September 16, 2021

Stacy, Stephanie and family, I am so saddened for your loss. Even though I never met your Dad it sounds like he was a pillar of the community and a kind an caring soul. My heart goes out to you in your time of loss. Everyone whose life he touched will keep his memory alive and keep him close at heart. God Bless you all.

Posted by Jackie Straseske - Horicon, WI - Coworker   September 16, 2021

We enjoyed the boat tours and always tried to take out of town guests on them. Marc was such a wealth of information. Sorry for your loss Fred & Joann Ellis

Posted by Joann & Fred Ellis - Beaver Dam, WI - Acquaintance   September 16, 2021

Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers

Posted by Mae (Pufahl) Carlson - Genoa, WI - Friend   September 16, 2021

Marc far right, 1964

Posted by Tom Haas - Family   September 16, 2021

I learned a lot from you on the boat tours Marc, and will miss being able to go out with you again! Rest in peace.

Posted by Tim Lewis - Cedarburg, WI - Acquaintance   September 15, 2021

Our prayers are with you and your family. A donation will be made to the Horicon High School scholarship fund in Marc's name.

Posted by Mike and Lindy Kane - Horicon, WI - Family Friend   September 15, 2021

Our heartfelt sympathy to all of Marc's family. We have many fond memories of Marc especially many in our high school years. Cruising in Marc's Bronco, pontoon runs on the Marsh, campfires at the Ledge and many more. One thing is for sure "Heaven just receive a new tour guide - the best ever. Marc may you rest in peace.

Posted by Al and Ellen Shute - Fuquay Varina, NC - Friend   September 15, 2021

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A brothers love is special, especially an older brother. I am lucky to have been in his life, memories will last a lifetime…as I assume the role of the eldest brother, I have some big shoes to fill…rest easy my brother, look in on us once in a while…