Monday, September 22, 2014


Myrna (Sieck) Zillig died yesterday at age 92. She was the widow of Mervin Zillig and a life long citizen of Seward County. She and Mervin leave behind a wonderful family of 5 children, their spouses Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren. We have never regretted moving back to our hometown in Seward, NE after being gone for 22 years because of people like Myrna. She was a great lady who had the ability to make people feel better about themselves and everything around them. She was a farm girl who was raised on a farm homesteaded by her grandfather in the Pleasant Dale area. The farm where she and Mervin lived for many years was also homesteaded by his grandfather. This heritage may have contributed to both families commitment to the Stewardship of our Soil and Water Natural Resources. Her brother Harold Sieck was chairman of the Soil Conservation District Board when I started to work for the Soil Conservation Service and later a State Senator. Among the many organizations in which we shared membership after coming back was the Seward Grange. We enjoyed the monthly meetings but the highlight was our annual "field trip". It would involve a caravan of cars leaving early on Saturday morning for a destination 3 or 4 hours away. Arrangements would have been made ahead of time for a guide to explain the attractions at our destination as well as motel accommodations. An evening event was usually also scheduled. On Sunday morning we all went to a local church together, had our Sunday Dinner and headed for home. Mervin (Bud) and Myrna were always an important part of the leadership in making the arrangements and all the trips special. Thanks for the memories, Myrna.

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