Senator Lyle E. Zieman View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 75 (1993) - 78 (1999)
Home County: Allamakee
Lyle E. Zieman
Allamakee County


Lyle E. Zieman was born on March 12, 1921, in Clayton County to Elmer and Adaila Meyer Zieman. He passed away on January 25, 2003, at the age of eighty-one. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; four sons; Mark of Postville, Nile and James of Luana, and John of St. Simons Island, Georgia; a daughter, Sue Miro of Urbandale; two step-daughters, Gayle Cedar of Cherokee and Linda Johnson of Cincinnati, Ohio; a sister, Gretchen Stuhr of Cedar Rapids; twelve grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Leah.

Zieman attended the Bailey County School in Grand Meadow Township and graduated from Postville High School in 1939. Lyle was married to Leah Harris on October 19, 1941, in the parsonage of St. Paul Lutheran Church. The couple farmed in Grand Meadow Township until 1976 when they moved to Postville. From 1941–1977, Zieman worked on the farm as a dairy and hog farmer. He became the director of Postville State Bank in 1957 and continued to serve on the board for forty-six years. He was also an Allamakee County supervisor for fourteen years. In 1987, his wife Leah passed away, and on June 26, 1992, Lyle married Beverly Anderson in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee.

Zieman was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Postville. Very active in his community, he had served on the boards of the Postville Telephone Co., Allamakee County Substance Abuse, Allamakee Civil Defense, Good Samaritan Society, Economic Development for both Postville and Allamakee, the Explorerland Regional Planning Commission Executive Board, Five County Mental Health Properties, and Eight County NE Iowa Regional Coordinating Council. He was a dedicated member of the Postville Community School Board for twenty-five years. Zieman was also a member of the Farm Bureau, Postville Commercial Club, Steering Committee for Rural Economic Development for the Association of Counties, Postville Lions Club, Postville Improvement Corporation, PIC, Citizens for Responsible Energy, Agriculture Council of America, and the Allamakee County Republican Central Committee.

Zieman enjoyed playing cards with his family and friends, especially the game of “Five Hundred.”

While serving in the Senate, Zieman was Chairperson of the Senate Local Government Committee and Vice Chairperson of the Senate Health and Human Rights Appropriation Subcommittee, as well as serving on the Agriculture; Business and Labor; Human Resources; Local Government; Natural Resources and Environment; and Small Business, Economic Development, and Tourism Committees; and the Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee.

Lyle E. Zieman was a Allamakee County Republican. He served in the Senate for eight years, from 1993 to 2000, during the 75th, 76th, 77th, and 78th General Assemblies.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE EIGHTIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF IOWA: That in the passing of the Honorable Lyle E. Zieman, the State has lost an honored citizen and faithful and useful public servant, and that the Senate by this resolution expresses its appreciation of his service to the State and tenders its sympathy and kindest regards to the members of his family.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.