Pastor Allen P. Zenker

Date of Death: May 12, 2020
Pastor Allen P. Zenker

1931 - 2020

Pastor Allen P. Zenker, age 89, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at his home in Waupun, WI.

Pastor Zenker was born on March 4, 1931 and was baptized becoming a child of God on March 29, 1931. As a child he attended Calvary Lutheran Church in Thiensville, WI. He was confirmed in his faith April 2, 1944. “Put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:24. Also in 1944, he enrolled at Northwestern Prep in Watertown, WI, then attended Northwestern College, graduating in 1952. He spent the next four years at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, graduating in 1956. He then spent two years as a tutor at Northwestern Prep.

From August 1958 to February 1960 he served the joint parishes of Salem, Woodbury, Minnesota and Mt. Zion, St Paul, Minnesota. He then served St. Andrew’s of St. Paul Park, Minnesota until June 1975. He then accepted a call to become pastor at St. Paul’s in Brownsville, Wisconsin. He retired in 1996 and moved to Waupun, WI.

On July 17, 1960 he married Carole Schuster, at St. Andrews, St. Paul Park, Minnesota. They were blessed with 4 children. Rachel Gustafson (Tim), Ruth Callies (Mark), Paul, and Timothy Zenker. 7 Grandsons, Philip Gustafson (Sarah), Stephan Gustafson (Caitlin), Jacob Gustafson (Sara), Caleb Gustafon, Lucas Callies (Emily), Micah Callies, and Jeremiah Callies. 3 great grandchildren Hannah Gustafson, Aiden Gustafson, and Isaiah Gustafson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Luella & Alois Zenker, brother, Louis Zenker, and sister Mae Zenker, and son Paul.


The funeral services for Pastor Allen P. Zenker will be broadcasted Monday, May 18, 2020 at 11 a.m. on the facebook page of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waupun.

Memorial Contributions

Memorial contributions can be directed to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waupun or Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon.



  1. Renee Witte Says: May 14, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Rest In Peace, good and faithful servant. Pastor Zenker was very kind whenever I played organ at Grace in Waupun and would thank me after every service.

  2. laural koenig Says: May 14, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Ruth, May God bless your family with comfort and peace. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Laural Sickmann Koenig

  3. REBECCA JOHNSON Says: May 15, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    To the Zenker Family ~ Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Many fond memories of Pastor when I first moved to Brownsville. All his guidance when I started teaching Sunday School. Well done my good and faithful servant! May our Lord hold you close.

  4. Kelly Huhndorf Says: May 18, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    My deepest sympathy to the Zenker family. While working at the Christian Home I was able to get to know Mr. Zenker and he was such a sweet,kind and patient man. Praying for you.

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