Rodney "Rod" Zieman

Rodney Allen Zieman, age 71, died Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at the VA Hospital in Fargo, ND.

Rodney Allen Zieman was born February 16, 1947, in New Rockford, ND, the son of Richard “Allen” and Dorothy (Hanson) Zieman.  He was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church, Sheyenne, ND.  Rodney graduated from Sheyenne High School in 1965.  He was drafted into the Army in 1966, and served as a SGT E-5 in Ben Hoa, Vietnam.  He was honorably discharged in 1968.  Rod served as a ND Highway Patrol trooper from 1969-1985.  Due to an ongoing back injury, he resigned from the patrol and earned his license as an Addiction Counselor.

On April 10, 1971, Rod married Holly Hegland at Antelope Valley Lutheran Church in Oberon, ND.  They lived in Fargo until Rod accepted a transfer with the Highway Patrol to Carrington, ND, in 1973.  Their marriage was blessed with three children, Nikole, Nerissa and Reed.  He treasured his children, installing hard work, kindness and compassion for others.  However, his greatest joy was being Grandpa, aka “Bumpa” to his 14 grandchildren.  He loved the many tractor rides, camping trips, babysitting duties which included movies & popcorn with them.

Rod was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, VFW, and the American Legion of Carrington.  He was a strong and loving man that believed in hard work and offering a helping hand to those in need.  He was a generous man that loved his family and believed in them always.

Rod is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Holly, his two daughters, Nikole (Culley) Hoggarth, Carrington and Nerissa (Eric) Zink, Fargo and his son, Reed (Kinsey) of Casselton and his 14 grandchildren; Tessa, Lexus, Jacob, and Bryar Page, Tyler, Tate, Trevor and Trace Hoggarth; Marah, Ashtyn and Halle Zink; Graysen, Brooks and Skylar Zieman.  He is also survived by his siblings Jim (Deb) Zieman, Sheyenne and DiAnn (Gary) Broderius, Billings, MT.  Several brother and sister-in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved and adored.

Rod was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Dorothy Zieman, a nephew, Jordan Zieman, brother-in-law, Paul Heer, in-laws, Gilmen and Vivian Hegland, and several aunts and uncles.


In lieu of flowers, Rod requested memorials be given to the

VA Wishes on Wings (a service for Veterans on Hospice)

Attn: Voluntary Services

2101 Elm St. Fargo, ND 58102

***There are no words to express our appreciation for the kindness

and love that Dad received at the Fargo VA Hospital and from family and friends.***


Visitation: Monday 9-5:00PM in Evans Funeral Home, Carrington. Visitation will continue from 6PM-7:00PM with a Prayer Service at 7:00PM in Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington.

Funeral Service: Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 10:30AM in Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington.

Burial: Carrington Cemetery in the spring.

Posted Condolences:
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Name: Jerilyn Miller

Message: Dear Holly and family,

I am so sorry.  Rod was the Highway Patrol officer as I was driving to Carrington from Minnesota.  I can just see him sitting there in his car keeping the road safe with a watchful eye. It’s a good memory.  May you imagine him doing the same for you all now.



Name: Odean/Karen Olson

Date: March 14, 2018

Message: Holly and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you as your mourn the loss of Rod.  May all the great memories comfort you.


Name: Ron Kolle

Date: 03/14/18

Message: Holly and Family;

Sorry to hear about your loss. Rod was a good friend, and always the first to call when I needed assistance from another Trooper. He was always there for me as he was for others. He was a GREAT PERSON and a good example of how we all should be.



Name: Charles Lewis

Date: 3 March 2018

Message: So sorry for your loss.  Our sympathy to Holly and the family.



Name: Dale Elbert

Date: March13-2018

Message: Our deepest sympathy. Rod was an excellent trooper. He did much for the people of ND. He continued his life of service by providing addiction counseling to those in need. He will be greatly missed. Dale and Amy Elbert.


Name: Betty Price

Date: 3-13-18

Message: Holly and family,  I am so sorry for your loss.  You will be in our thoughts and prayers.  I hope to see you sometime soon when I am in the Carrington area. 


Name: Denny & Laurie Smerud

Date: 3/12/2018

Message: Dearest Holly & family,

Our hearts go out to you all.  Oh, how we wish we were there to say one last Goodbye to Rod but alas Den has been hospitalized at Sanford & just got transferred back to the VA yesterday to the ICU. He just asked me about going to see Rod & saw the look on my face as I hadn't told him as he was on breathing tube when I got the call asking about him being available as a pallbearer. Den was honored to have been asked to do this one last thing for his very good friend. Rod was a very special friend to Denny & he will be missed so much. Denny is reminiscing as I write this, how Rod would always be the culprit of many things in Denny's life on the teasing side of things & wishing so that we could be there. Rod has touched so very many lives while he was with us, now he has been called HOME where there is no more suffering or pain but being with Our Lord & singing His Praises. I'm positive that Rod & my youngest brother Dave have again come together as I can see them playing cars once again! By this I'm referring back to when Rod came with Denny to pick me up for a date at  my parents farm, there was no way we could get Rod to quit playing with Dave's race track (Dave 10 yrs younger than I so 8 at time) Rod would say, "just a few mins more" each & everytime we asked to leave. I have teased both of these men about it all thru their life here on earth & they each remembered EXACTLY who I was talking about. Den & I talked and we are sure that Rod was HUGE INFLUENCE in Dave becoming a police officer also.  Again, Holly, our hearts are breaking here as we remember Rod. Your family has been blessed by having one of the best men I know. Rod was so loving, caring, funny, serious, teasing, protective men (the list could go on & on). When Spring is here we will be heading to Carrington to say our last Good Byes to one fabulous man who made a huge impact on all those he knew & loved.  In our thoughts & prayers are you & your wonderful family. Sending our love your way,  Denny & Laurie


Name: Stella (Anderson) Edwards

Date: 3/12/18

Message: I am sending my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and your famliy. My father and Allen Zieman were good friends years ago. So our families have ties from way back. May God strengthen you and give you His PEACE.

Gene and Stella Edwards Edgley, ND


Name: Rod Westrum

Message: Holly and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss of Rod,  it is so difficult to lose your life's companion and best friend..

You have my deepest sympathy and condolences to all

Name: Carla Schlabs

Date: 03/12/18

Message: Holly & Family,  I just heard about Rod's passing.  My thoughts & prayers are for all of you.  With deepest sympathy, David & Carla


Name: Dick  Bjornson

Date: 3/12/18

Message: Holly & Family,

Our Deepest Sympathy to all of you on Rod's passing. He served the Highway Patrol with distinction and pride although his service was cut short by his disability. Even when dealing with his health issues he was always upbeat and positive.  He will definitely be missed.

Dick and Jan Bjornson   


Name: Sharyln Geerdeds

Date: 3-12-18

Message: Dear Holly and Family:  I was so saddened to see Rod's obituary.  Please accept my heart felt sympathy.  I have been praying for all of you and I remember the strong faith you have which will of course help you through this difficult time.  God's blessings to all of you.

Sharyln Geerdes



Name: Lisa Marchus

Message: Holly and family was so sorry to hear about Rod, he was a kind man. God bless your family!



Name: Roger and Linda

Date: March 11,2018

Message: Holly and family,      Our deepest sympathy to each of you. Your all in our thoughts ad Prayers.     



Name: Brian Berg

Date: 3-10-18

Message: Holly and family,

Our deepest sympathy to all of you.  Rod was a great Trooper, well respected, and very prideful of the uniform and what he was charged to deliver.  I thought of Rod just last week and new for some reason I should call.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.  Brian and  Barb Berg



Name: Esther

Date: 3/11/2018

Message: Our hearts are heavy.  Sending you love, support and friendship. Ron and Esther



Name: Colleen (Nelson) & Don Foster

Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.



Name: Pat Wetzel

Message: Dear Holly and family, I was so sorry to hear about Rod. Him and Pete had the same birthdays. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers  are with you and your family



Name: Dawn & Brandon Tufte

Date: 3/10/2018

Message: Holly and family. We were saddened to hear of Rods passing. We know he is no longer in any pain and is probably playing with all the children in heaven. I have no doubt my kids might be showing him around now. Holly if you ever need a hug and someone to talk to you have my number.



Name: Rod Hallsten

Date: 3/10/18

Message: Prayers for you and your family. He will be missed. I have many memories of Rod growing up in Sheyenne. He was a good friend and a great man. I always tried to keep my cars as clean and tidy as he did.



Name: Russ and Joan Miller


Date: 3/10/18

Message: Holly and family,

We are thinking of you and sending our deepest sympathy.



Name: Audrey Brumfield

Date: March 10 2018

Message: Dear Holly and family,

It has been a long time since I talked to either one of you, but I will never forget the old times that our families had and when you used to come and stay at our house. I am sorry to hear about Rod. It is not an easy time, but with faith, it passes. I would love to talk to you Holly but I don't have a phone number or anything. Think of you often.



Name: Ellen Liddle

Date: 03-10-2018

Message: So saddened to learn of your loss. May the comfort of God's presence hold you up at this time.


Name: Barbara Benson Duncan

Date: 3/10/18



Name: Carlton and Lois Larson

Date: 3/09/18

Message: Holly, and family. With deepest sympathy to all.  Rod will be deeply missed. Lois and Jr.


Name: Kristie (Albrecht) Tjon

Date: 3/9/18

Message: Holly and family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.  Rest in peace Rod.