Dean R. Tesch, CFC board president and director and the board chairman of Taylor Electric Cooperative, died October 31 at home in Stetsonville, Wisconsin, surrounded by his family.

“Dean was a talented, humble man who has left a huge mark on CFC,” CEO Sheldon Petersen said. “Dean often referred to the CFC board and employees as his family. He will be greatly missed.”

Tesch was elected CFC board president in March 2020, only a few weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted businesses and industries around the world. He led the CFC Board of Directors through an unprecedented time and ensured CFC moved forward while keeping its members and staff safe.

He was seated on the CFC board in 2015 to represent District 5 after serving as a director for Taylor since 2006 and assuming the chairmanship in 2014. He previously served as a director for Dairyland Power Cooperative from 2015 to 2019 and as a director for Taylor Credit Union from 1994 to 2015.

Tesch began his professional life as an elementary school teacher at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran School. After five years of teaching, Tesch founded a financial planning service in 1989. He operated the service as a certified financial planner until his death.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Martin Luther College and master’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

He was a member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church where he served as organist, choir director and handbell director. Tesch was also a member of the Whittlesey Lions Club, Guild of Organists, an acapella church group and Sojourner music group.

Additional details and a video about Tesch’s life and accomplishments, as well as funeral services, can be found on the Hemer Funeral Services we​bsite.