- April 24, 1936 - December 6, 2012
- ESTHERVILLE, Iowa
of JAMES "JIM"'s Passing
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“Dear Joyce and family: Our hearts go out to you after the passing away of Jim. He was a real gentleman, faithful Church member, and friend. We...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Lynn and Sally Potter - Ruthven, IA
“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Jim. I always enjoyed the conversations we had at the golf course. He always had a "comment" that would...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Aaron Beaver - Grimes, IA
“Dennis worked for Rohlins for awahile and he wanted to extend his sympathies to Randy & and families.. May you know Jim had lots of friends & they...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Dennis Brosh/Linda Minton - IA
“My memories go way, way back to the Kanawha baseball team that took State when Jim played - also back to cheerleading with Joyce. I am so very sorry...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Bonnie Nelson - Algona, IA
“Joyce we are so sorry to hear about Jim. He was a good friend to our family and a mentor to many. I look back on those years that we went to the APAI...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Doug Wilson - Burlington, IA
“Joyce, Randy and Family - Our deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all. Jim had a very strong and positive influence in my professional career...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Michael & Kristine Kvach - MD
“Joyce and family, my sympathy to you for your loss. I was very sorry to read in the Mason City Globe about Jim's passing. I remember you as our...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Mary (Ryan) Kopacek - Garner, IA
“Joyce, Barb, Randy, and family. We were so sorry to here about Jim. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I always like sitting and talking to...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Scott & Becky Dillehay - Carroll, IA
“Joyce and family,Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Jim was a great man, Jim worked with my dad (Elmer Wells) at Rohlin Construction for may years...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Marcia Dallmann - Detroit Lakes, MN
“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Jim was a very important part to all of your lives and to everyone else he knew. I still remember when...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Jeanette Brinkman - Carroll, IA
“Prayers to the family....he was a great man and will be missed. He worked with my dad also at Rohlin Construction, (Marvin "Thorny" Thornburg). He...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Carmen Parsons - Milford, IA
“Joyce, Barb, Randy, & family...I'm so sorry to hear of Uncle Jim's passing. He always has a way if bringing a smile to my face no matter what I was...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Lisa Zeigler Book - Walhalla, SC
“Joyce and Family,
We were so sad to hear about Jim's passing. What a wonderful man!! We are so glad to have Barb as a friend and getting to know both...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Steve and Robyn Lane - Carroll, IA
“We have fond memories of times spent with Jim, Joyce and the whole family! Lots of laughter..makes me smile! Hugs to all of you, Joyce, Barb, Randy...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Gary and Carol Stark - Carroll, IA
“Joyce and family I am so sorry I just read of Jim's passing. There are no words I can say but I want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Jim Roberts - Milford, IA
Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church or Avera Holy Family Hospital and Hospice.
James "Jim" Lee Roy Zeigler was born on April 24, 1936 in Hancock County, Iowa to Elmer and Arlene Zeigler. Jim graduated from Kanawha High School in 1953. He was united in marriage to Joyce Ann Lundy on June 2, 1957 at the Kanawha Lutheran Church.
Jim was a member of the United Methodist Church of Estherville. There, he was a member of the administrative board as well as the pastor/parish relations committee. Jim was past president of Iowa Lakes Community College scholarship committee. Jim served as a director on the Holy Family Hospital board, and on the Estherville Development committee for several years. Jim also served on the board of the Estherville Golf and Country Club.
He was a good businessman and most of all had never ending passion for the asphalt industry and the people that work in it. In 1954, Jim went to work for Hancock County Secondary roads department. Here he was first introduced and began his passion with asphalt paving. In 1964 an opportunity arose for him to accept a position for the Iowa's Asphalt Paving Association. This involved moving the family to Carroll, IA to serve as a Field Representative for western Iowa. In 1967 Jim joined forces with Roy Rohlin with a small construction company in northwest Iowa. In the early years Rohlin Construction Company with a handful of employees, work consisted of aggregate treated bases and seal coat projects for county roads system. After 40 years the company grew to over 150 employees with four asphalt plants and 3 aggregate facilities, producing asphalt and aggregates for municipalities, county and state projects. From 2005 - 2006, Jim worked as a consultant for Oldcastle Materials Midwest Group.
Jim served on the board of directors of the Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa and was past president of the APAI in 1976. He served on numerous national committees associated with the National Asphalt Paving Association, Association of General Contractors and the American Road Builders. In 2011, Jim was inducted into the Iowa Hot Mix Asphalt Hall of Fame in appreciation of his life long commitment to the asphalt industry.
Jim loved his family, friends, and making new friends. In his free time, Jim always enjoyed watching baseball, RVing during the summer months, grilling for friends and family, and watching Iowa State Cyclones football. He enjoyed watching his grandsons Cory, Brad, and Marc play sports and his granddaughter, Madisen, dance. Jim always enjoyed giving them advice when they needed it in their lives. He loved to brag about his Kanawha high school baseball team and his many accomplishments as their catcher and second baseman. For the past seven years, Jim and Joyce wintered at Adobe Wells Park in McAllen, Texas. There Jim enjoyed his friends and meeting new residence each year.
Jim, 76, passed away at his home on Thursday, December 6, 2012. Jim is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce; daughter, Barb (Eric) Paulson of Stanton, Iowa; son, Randy (Abby Hall) Zeigler of Dolliver, Iowa; grandchildren, Cory Hempstead of Wichita, Kansas; Brad (Hope) Hempstead of Carroll, Iowa; Marc (Ellie) Hempstead of West Des Moines, Iowa; Madisen Zeigler of Estherville, Iowa; step-grandchildren, Kelsey Paulson of San Diego, California; Kristin Paulson of San Diego, California; and Luke Paulson of Carroll, Iowa; brothers, Lyle (Dawn) Zeigler of Kanawha, Iowa; Merlin (Marilyn) Zeigler of Gilbert, Iowa; David (Margaret) Zeigler of Clarion, Iowa; sisters, Hazel Wood of Garner, Iowa; Mardell (Gary) Meyer of Belmond, Iowa; and Joan (Charles) Boeck of Denison, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer; mother, Arlene; father in law Thomas Lundy; mother in law Tillie Lundy; brother, Wayne Zeigler; son-in-law, Monty Hempstead; brother-in-law, Gene Wood; and brother-in-law, Lyle Divan.
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