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Andy Xiaoquan Zou

November 7, 1959 — October 30, 2021

Andy Xiaoquan Zou, age 61, of Rochester, MN passed away surrounded by his loving family on October 30, 2021 after a courageous and hard fought battle with Multiple Systems Atrophy. The sun rose and the world welcomed Andy on November 7th, 1959, a day the world became a little brighter. Andy lived a warm life, filled with joy and happiness. Andy was born to Minquan and Anna in Shichuan, China. After graduating from high school in 1978, he went on to study Computer Science at Hebei University of Science and Technology. After graduation from University, he became Senior System Engineer for Industrial and Commercial Bank (ICBC) of China in Hebei, Shijiazhuang for 12 years. Throughout his career in China, he and his IT team developed the first phone banking system, the first ATM banking system and the first POS system for Hebei province. He received many technology awards for his efforts. In 1996, he came to the United States and worked as a System Engineer in Des Moines, IA for 5 years. In 2001 he started working at Mayo Clinic as System Architect for 11 years. He was incredibly ambitious, detail oriented and contributed to many innovations wherever he went. He and his loving wife, Ying Yan grew up together, and wed in 1986. They have a beautiful daughter, Amy Zou Goodson, wonderful son-in-law, Robert Goodson and a handsome grandson, Vincent Goodson. Andy was a force of nature, determined to provide for his family and give them the life he felt they deserved. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world, something he often mentioned. He was unendingly proud of Amy Zou Goodson (daughter), Vincent Goodson (grandson), and Ying Yan (wife) and always tried his best to support them. Andy was a strong, kind, loving, and supportive father and husband. His knowledge and guidance was the foundation of his family. Andy was also passionate in music, singing and being active. If he wasn't outside, he could often be found recording and editing songs in his home office. He had a beautiful voice and his family loved to hear him sing. Amy even danced to one of his songs at her wedding. Anyone who knew Andy knew that he was the most loving father and husband a family could ask for. He is survived by Amy, Vincent, Ying, his sister and his parents. We want to thank Visiting Angel's team for the love and care shown towards Andy during his last few years. Andy smiled every morning looking forward to each visit. We also want to send our gratitude towards the Mayo Clinic Hospice care team. His journey was handled with much gentleness, compassion and love. You all made him smile towards the very end. Services will be held at Calvary Baptist Church (5905 Silas Dent Road NW, Rochester, MN 55901) on November 6th, 2021 at 10am. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Rochester Chinese Christian (Baptist) Church. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Zou family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com TRANSLATED OBITUARY (CHINESE): www.ranfranzandvinefh.com/zou-andy-translated-obituary/
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