Mathew "Matt" P. Zieringer, 90, of Rochester, passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Mathew Peter Zieringer was born July 18, 1929, in Chicago, the son of Mathias and Kathe (Reykers) Zieringer. At 17, he began his 22-year military career earning the rank of Major in the U.S. Army serving in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, as well as Guam, Japan, seven years in Germany and the U.S., until Aug. 31, 1968.

Matt was united in marriage to JoAnne Jacobs on April 26, 1953, in Milford, Iowa. They grew their family adopting two children from Germany, Mark and Kathryn. Matt continued his education and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska, law degree from the University of Iowa and Masters of Taxation from the University of Denver. His law career began at trust banks in Iowa and Colorado and later private practice in Denver. In 2009, after their retirement, they moved to Rochester.

Matt enjoyed stamp collecting, traveling, fishing, reading, and especially spending time with family. He had many professional memberships. He was also civic minded and volunteered in the communities in which he lived.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, JoAnne Zieringer of Rochester; son, Mark (Cheryl) Zieringer of Omaha, Neb.; grandson, Joshua Harroun of Fort Collins, Colo.; step grandson, Heath (Rebecca) Huberg of Sioux Falls, S.D.

He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and George Harroun.

Graveside Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at West Bend Cemetery in West Bend, Iowa. Full military honors will be conducted.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Mayo Clinic or The American Legion.

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