Warren Zens

Warren Zens


October 22, 1952 - July 28, 2023


Warren Zens, 70, of Mitchell, SD, passed away Friday, July 28, 2023, at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Thursday, August 3, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Warren Thomas Zens was born on October 22, 1952, to Clement and Elsie (Ehlke) Zens in Mitchell, SD. He grew up in Canova and graduated from Canova High School in 1969. Warren attended Mitchell Tech where he majored in mechanics. In 1975, he married Kathy Kickland, and they had four daughters.

Warren was a master mechanic for 50 years, and provided his services over the years to Mitchell Motors, Adams Standard, Zens Auto Tech, and most recently, TMA until his retirement. He was a hardworking provider for his family, and would go above and beyond to help friends and family with their vehicles and tractor air conditioners, many times late into the night.

Warren is survived by his wife and three daughters: Jenny (Matt) Mackey of Fulton, Beth (Jeff) Shaffer of Mitchell, and Jamie Zens of Mitchell. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Jacob Mackey (Haley Lippert) of Mitchell, Riley Mackey of Alexandria, Michael (Whitney) Shaffer of O'Neil, NE, Alexis (Ed) Quintero of Norfolk, NE, and Hunter and Ricky Shaffer both of O'Neil, NE; six great-granddaughters, and two great-grandsons. Additionally, he is survived by his brother, Harley (Ronda) Zens of Canova, Lu Koepsell of Mission Hill, SD, and many nieces and nephews.

Warren was preceded in death by his youngest daughter, Missy Zens in 2015; parents, Clement and Elsie Zens; in-laws, Earl and Pearl Kickland; and three brothers-in-law, Greg Koepsell, Bruce Meyer, and William Kickland.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that you raise a toast in memory of Warren. They suggest heading to your nearby watering hole and having a Pabst Blue Ribbon in his honor.


Wednesday, August 2, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Thursday, August 3, 2023
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Bunny Olson on August 8, 2023
I worked at various watering holes in Mitchell and always remember Warren for the best foot rubs in town.peace be with you my friend, until we meet again.
Posted by Cara Sambo on August 7, 2023
I'm so sorry to hear of Warren's passing. I am certain he and Al are reminiscing over a PBR.
Posted by Rebecca Johnson Deppen on August 3, 2023
Kathy it's Becky. I'm so sorry for your loss. I've thought about you pretty regularly in recent months, not sure why. Please know that you and your family are all in my thoughts and prayers!! May God provide you comfort during this difficult time.
Posted by Steve Baker on August 3, 2023
So glad to have seen you at your birthday party in Fulton. No longer drink but will remember you over my coffee. Glad to have known you.
Posted by Jeremy hiles on August 2, 2023
Deepest sympathy and condolences to the family he is a heck of s guy and will be missed
Posted by Gary and Mary Stadlman on August 2, 2023
Jenny, Matt and family, we are so sorry to hear of passing of Warren. Met him at TMA, what a great guy, always way and beyond helping out. May God keep you all in His Love at this difficult time. RIP Warren
Posted by Janet (Ehlke) Greenway on August 1, 2023
So very sorry to hear of Warren’s passing. My sympathy to Kathy, his girls, grandchildren & his entire family and close friends. There is no doubt he loved each of you deeply.
Posted by Denny Kaemingk on August 1, 2023
Loved his sense of humor. A very talented mechanic and he was always willing to help anyone.
Thoughts and prayers
Posted by Tom Riddle on July 31, 2023
Yes a kind and giving person,knew him as a sub mechanic at UPS. .he will be missed in many ways
Posted by Duane Laufmann on July 31, 2023
I'm sorry for Warren's passing. I'm sure he will be missed by many. Warren and I had communicated on Messenger a couple years ago and he was a gentle man.
Posted by Randy Haas on July 31, 2023
So sorry to hear of Warren’s passing. He was a nice and caring
Person Will be missed by many
Posted by Janice Johnson on July 31, 2023
My sympathy to you and your family!
Posted by Charlie and Darlene Bailey on July 31, 2023
Rest in Peace Warren Prayers to the family
Posted by Charlie Zens on July 31, 2023
Rest in peace, cousin.
Posted by Raymond Hermanek on July 31, 2023
sorry to hear about Warren from an old classmate and roommate
Posted by Betty Aslesen on July 31, 2023
y sincerely condolences as you celebrate his life here on earth.
Posted by Gail Denne on July 31, 2023
Glad Warren is pain free now! Maybe Mike and Warren will meet in heaven, Deepest sympathy to you Kathy and the girls and their families
Posted by Carol Bowen Carstens on July 31, 2023
So sorry to hear of Warren's passing. He was so kind and a great mechanic!! Our prayers are with you all dear Zens family! God Bless
Posted by Travis and Stacey Mackey on July 31, 2023
So sorry for your loss Zens family.
Posted by April Lares on July 30, 2023
I’m sorry for your loss 🫂
Posted by John joachim on July 30, 2023
Warren was a good man he will be missed R.I.P.
Posted by Larry Achen on July 30, 2023
sorry to hear of your loss..........
Posted by Beth wright on July 30, 2023
So sorry for your loss, I hope you find some comfort in all his memories!
Posted by Gary and Kristy Vobr on July 30, 2023
We are very sorry for your loss of warren Zens our deepest sympathy are with u and the family 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
Posted by Deborah picchiettie on July 30, 2023
Deepest sympathy to all.
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