Zane Zieman, 85, of Martin, S.D., lost his battle with cancer and passed away Monday night, January 26, 2009, at the Bennett County Hospital and is now with his Lord.
Zane, the oldest son of four children, was born to Charles and Winifred Zieman September 22, 1923, at Done Movin', the Zieman ranch 40 miles north of Hayes, S.D. He was baptized at age 10 into the Methodist faith at the "Little Brown Church" in Hayes.
Zane received his early education at home, taught by his mother, and later at the Hayes Grade School. Like his mother, he became an avid reader of books.
The family moved to Midland where he graduated at age 17 from Midland High School in 1941. He started college at the State University in Brookings, but his college career was interrupted by World War II. He was inducted into the US Army in April 1943. He served in the Pacific Theater in the Philippines and Occupational Japan. After the war he returned to college and graduated with a BS in Political Science and a minor in English. He returned to his parental home in Midland and was employed by his dad at the Zieman Locker Plant.
On September 17, 1950, Zane married Dorene Staley, of Howard. To this union five children were born. The family became members of the American Lutheran Church in Midland where the children were all baptized in the Christian faith. The couple lived in Midland and started their own retail store. Zane was active as a volunteer fireman and a southpaw first baseman.
In the fall of 1966, Zane began teaching at Bennett County High School, where he taught for the next 23 years, retiring in 1989. After retirement Zane was able to spend his time at their book and gift store, The Triple Z, where he continued until the time of his death.
Zane was active in the Martin Historical Society and the Martin Commercial Club, serving two terms as president. In his younger years he was also active and held an office in the American Legion.
Zane and Dorene are proud grandparents to six grandchildren.
Zane was a loving and caring husband and father. He will be greatly missed by friends and family.
To mourn his passing is his wife, Dorene; children, Zarene Zieman DeKraai, Colorado Springs, Colo., Lee Zieman, Martin, John Zieman, Newton, Iowa, Zandra Zieman Foster, Colorado Springs, Colo., Zelama Zieman Scholten, Seattle, Wash.; six grandchildren; and a sister, Enid Roland, Marian, Va.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Winifred; and two brothers, Patrick and Edison.
A memorial has been established for the Bennett County Senior Citizens Center, Martin, and memorials may be sent to Security First Bank, P.O. Box 669, Martin, SD 57551.
Funeral services were Friday, January 30, 2009, at the New American Legion, Martin, with military rites by Post #240 Legion members of Martin.
Burial in the Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, Monday, February 2, 2009.
Bennett County Funeral Service, Martin, in charge of arrangements.