Bradley G. Zielie

Bradley G. Zielie

June 20, 1966 – October 7, 2023

Bradley G. Zielie, 57, passed away peacefully on October 7th at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

Brad was a dedicated employee at Union Pacific Railroad for 33 years.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn Zielie; father-in-law, Roy Creath; uncle, Terry Forthun; brother-in-law, David Creath.

He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; daughters, Meredith and Mattighan; father, Gene Zielie; sister, Nikki Zielie; mother-in-law, Catherine Creath; sister-in-law, Lindsey Creath Donner; aunt, Catherine Forthun; nieces and nephews: Mackenzie and Bailey Zielie, Kennedy, Finn and Eleanor Creath and Sophia and Bishop Donner.

Family will receive friends Friday, October 13th from 5:00PM – 7:00PM at West Center Chapel with a Vigil Service at 7:00PM.

Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, October 14th, 12:00PM at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church (14330 Eagle Run Drive) with a luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to HDSA.

Our lives were irreparably shattered over the weekend. On Saturday, October 7, 2023, a little after 2 pm, Brad Zielie, passed away. Brad was in the hospital recovering from surgery, but his body had had enough. Brad has left a hole that can never be filled, and we are all devastated.

Brad was a kind and generous man who dearly loved to laugh. He was analytical and logical. He loved to research stuff and was usually right about most things. He enjoyed corny TV shows like, Monk and Psych and searched low and lower for the most terrible Sci-Fi movies. He found sarcastic and sometimes dark humor hilarious, and he could deliver his favorite jokes without a flaw. He would often share stories about work or family and friends that he liked so much he would repeat them. Typically, he liked this time of year as one of his favorite movie genres is horror. He shared his enjoyment of horror movies with his daughters with whom he watched those movies. He liked to scare people out of nowhere and make us laugh when he would take a page from Adam Sandler’s book of Hand Dog Barking. Brad loved to cook, grill/smoke and was excellent at it. He was always supplying food for various events. He would pack and prepare food for entire teams of kids all the time. Brad was funny, and people always enjoyed talking with him. People would often approach him at stores and ask him questions as if he worked there. At first glance he could be intimidating, but it was his kind eyes and demeanor that drew people in. You could trust him. You felt safe with him.

Brad was loyal. Brad was married to Jacqui for 25 years. He worked for Union Pacific his entire adult life having started interning with them while still at Iowa State University obtaining his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. He was set to retire in 3 years. That is also where Brad met his dearest friend, Ron, who he is still friends with today. Brad was a member of St. Vincent de Paul church. He was involved with the men’s club and coached soccer and volleyball. I mentioned earlier that he enjoyed playing golf. Brad had played golf with the same group for years. In short, you could always count on Brad.

By far his best trait…Brad was loving. Brad would tell you his biggest and best accomplishment was being a dad to Meredith and Mattighan. He fiercely loved his girls with every fiber of his being from their inception until his last breath. He will continue to guard and guide them from heaven. From the start, his daughters found their best sleeping position to be laying on his chest. Meredith would never slow down…ever. But the second she laid on his chest BOOM she was out. Mattighan followed suit a few years later. That was the beginning of their incredibly close relationship. Brad was involved with every aspect of their lives. Along with the normal parental duties, he also supported them by doing things like learning to sew, spending hours creating period costumes for elementary school. He helped with schoolwork and projects. He was there, and saved seats, for every dance recital, vocal concert, school play, speech competition, graduation, and every sport they played including soccer, softball, volleyball, swim team, triathlons, and beach volleyball. He coached soccer, softball, and volleyball at school and at the YMCA. He traveled for hours to watch each girl play soccer and volleyball even through college all while continuing to buy, make, and prepare food for their teams. As they got older Brad cherished time with his girls. He spent hours talking to them on the phone reassuring them of how proud he was of them and how much he loved them. They are his biggest and best accomplishment, and they will continue his legacy as they are exactly like him.


  • Eldon Prax Posted October 10, 2023 5:11 pm

    Rest Easy and Safe Journey my friend.

  • Chris Lewis Posted October 10, 2023 6:01 pm

    I was very sorry to hear about Brad. Thoughts and prayers for his family

  • Kim Hauschultz Posted October 10, 2023 6:12 pm

    Have worked with Brad at UPRR. Such a shock!! Beautiful human, always patient with my questions. Smart and nice, he will be missed.

  • Gary Nichols Posted October 10, 2023 9:21 pm

    way to young, I am very sorry your loss

  • Krison Posted October 11, 2023 7:46 am

    We love you Mr. Z thanks for everything you’ve done for my family and I. Rest easy.

  • Lauren McCormick Posted October 11, 2023 11:28 am

    Brad you are so loved and will be missed dearly. Rest easy, we will take care of your girls here. 🖤

  • Bev Urbach Posted October 11, 2023 11:48 am

    So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all!

  • Karen Garrison Posted October 11, 2023 1:58 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you all.

  • Rhonda Hanners Posted October 11, 2023 3:23 pm

    Sending prayers and thoughts to Brad’s family. Rest in peace.

  • Dan DeCarlo Posted October 11, 2023 5:24 pm

    Brad was a friend of mine since grade school. I am saddened to hear of Brads passing. May peace be with his family.

  • Patricia Luna Posted October 11, 2023 8:14 pm

    We are so sorry we can’t be with you at this time of sorrow. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Gene Murray Posted October 12, 2023 5:23 am

    So sorry to hear about Brad. Prayers for family members. Fond memories from the time I knew Brad..

  • Todd, Bridget & Anna Weeks Posted October 12, 2023 9:18 am

    Our sincerest condolences to all of the Ziele family. So terribly sorry to hear about Brad. 🙏

  • George Haessler Posted October 12, 2023 10:44 am

    Gone too soon! Rest in peace.

  • Sid Bakker Posted October 12, 2023 10:41 pm

    Rest in Peace my colleague, friend, and golf buddy. Fond memories of our years on the course and in business.

  • Ken Krueger & Anne Krueger Posted October 13, 2023 9:18 am

    So sad but true, the good die young. Our sincere condolences and prayers for the Zielie and Creath families.
    Ken & Anne Krueger

  • Sally Rapp z Becker Posted October 13, 2023 7:21 pm

    Brad was a very loving father and husband. I am so sorry that you will miss so many other moments with him, but I hope the ones you have shared will bring a Smile eventually. Love you all so much.

  • Larry D Gibson Posted October 13, 2023 7:56 pm

    It was an honor to know and work with Brad over the years. He was a great person and friend. He will be missed.

  • Janet Clark Posted October 14, 2023 3:18 pm

    I’m deeply sorry for your loss. I was shocked to hear of Brad’s passing through the Urbandale Alumni group today. I remember Brad when he was just a young boy and as he grew up in Urbandale. His father was a business partner with my former husband many years ago.

    I could see all these great qualities and sense of humor in him as a young boy and your loving tribute has captured his essence perfectly.

    May your memories help sustain you and give you peace in the days to come.

  • Joni Schumann Posted December 24, 2023 10:36 am

    I am so sorry to learn this week that Brad had passed away unexpectedly. His maternal grandmother and my paternal grandmother were sisters. My prayers and thoughts are with all of his family. May God bless you through the millions of memories of Brad to soften the grief of missing him, and brighten the future when you will reunite in Heaven above.

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