Randy R. Ziegenhorn, 46, of Iowa City, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at his farm in Eliza Township, Illinois.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Eliza Community Church with the Rev. David Aanonson officiating. Burial is in Drury/Reynolds Cemetery. There is no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Christ The King Lutheran Church, 325 Mormon Trek Blvd., Iowa City. Memorials may be made to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
He was born June 20, 1958, in Peoria, Ill., son of Russell and Roberta Smith Ziegenhorn. He graduated from Westmer High School and Augustana College. He married Diane E. Matchatka July 20, 1985, in Downers Grove, Ill.
Randy farmed in Eliza Township for several years. Continuing his education, he earned his master's degree and later attained a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Iowa in 1997, where he was awarded the D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Award for his study of Farmer Networks. He was a part-time instructor at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, until 2002.
He was a director and member of the Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District and was formerly named Mercer County Conservation Farmer of the Year.
Randy enjoyed writing and publishing short stories and received an award from the Illinois Arts Council for his work.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Matchatka; a daughter, Sarah, and a son, Peter, both at home; and his mother Roberta "Betty" Ziegenhorn, Eliza. His father preceded him in death. Return to top