Terry R. “Randy” Zahn

Zahn, Terry R. “Randy”

Age 73 years

Terry Randall “Randy” Zahn died on February 2, 2017 at Brookestone Meadows in Omaha, NE. He was born in Albany, KY on March 27, 1943 to Charles and Anita (Lucia) Zahn. He was a 1961 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs, IA. He was a proud member of the Army 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam war. In recent years, he served as President of the Midwest Chapter of 101st Airborne Association and was instrumental in the establishment of the Heartland Airborne Memorial.  A sprinkler fitter by trade, he served 8 years as President of the Sprinkler Fitters Union Local #669 before his retirement.

He is survived by his loving wife, Carol of Omaha; sister-in-law, Joann “Jo” Zahn of Phoenix, AZ; stepsisters, Patti Jo Herwig of Plattsmouth, NE and Jane Pennington (Chuck); stepbrother, David “Speed” Tobias (Kathy) of Council Bluffs; sons, T. A. “Taz” Zahn of Omaha and Terry R. Zahn, Jr. (Jody) of Columbus, NE; daughter, Jodie Knop (Brian) of Omaha; stepson, Derrin Pigg (Aleaza Goldberg) of Denver, CO; stepdaughter, Dana Fields (Steven) of Lafayette, CO; grandchildren: Schuyler, Hallynd and Braxton Zahn, Tyler and Lane Knop, Aiden and Noa Pigg, Mason and Madelyn Fields; honorary son/daughter: Dr. Frank and Tina DeVries; honorary grandchildren: Adam, Grant, Sydney and Gabrielle DeVries; extended family and a host of wonderful friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bob; sister, Jan O’Dell; stepmother, Jane Zahn-Vukson.

The family will receive friends Friday, February 10th from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Bel Air Chapel.  CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE Saturday, February 11th at 2pm at the Bel Air Chapel, followed by visitation with the family until 5pm.  The family requests attendees wear casual dress (Terry’s favorite) and feel free to share fun/funny times they shared with him.  Interment, Omaha National Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials are suggested to Heartland Airborne Memorial Association or DADs DAY (Dollars Against Diabetes) Association.



  • Howard and Sally Johnson Posted February 4, 2017 3:28 pm

    We were extremely sad to hear of Randy’s passing. We have known him for 68 years and considered him a friend. Our condolences to all the family. We are in Florida or would have been there in person.

  • Barb (Graves) Wenglarz, South Carolina Posted February 5, 2017 7:45 am

    Knowing Randy for approximately 68 years has left memories of one of life’s ‘characters’, and memories of
    a good friend. In the neighborhoods or school settings he could be counted on to spice up every situation in which he was involved, Those same traits which often ‘stirred up the pot of the status quo’ came to be of service in him as a caring advocate and organizer. He was a blessing to many.

  • James D. Vance Posted February 5, 2017 2:40 pm

    Glad to have had your friendship proud to have carried on the traditions of being a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division with you.

  • Joe Beyrle, II Posted February 6, 2017 10:35 am

    Rest in peace.

  • Ron oates Posted February 6, 2017 12:59 pm

    Rest in peace my friend

  • Tom Karlya Posted February 6, 2017 3:06 pm

    More than in my position as VP of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, but as a father to two children who have battled this horrendous disease for years, the passing of Mr. Zahn was very impactful to me. As one of the leaders of our DADs (Dollars Against Diabetes) program to help find a cure for diabetes; he will stand as a pillar-of-strength as a long time supporter of this effort. We thank his family for allowing him to share his incredible dedication and spirit to our cause…..You will all be in our thoughts and prayers, and our condolences on the passing of such a true friend in helping others.

  • Dennis M. Schissel Posted February 6, 2017 4:32 pm

    I knew Terry both as a Union Leader for over 30 years and as a member of Vietnam Veterans of America. He was a great person in both aspects. May God be with him and may he rest in peace. Dennis Schissel President of VVA Chapter 279 and retired Union Member

  • Kenneth (Sonny) Bader Posted February 6, 2017 4:43 pm

    Thank you for all we have done for the Lincoln sport Parachute Club. I was always proud to call you a friend and fellow Skydiver. You wil be missed very much by all of us. Blue Sky’s and enjoy your new set of wings

  • Larry Frazier Posted February 6, 2017 11:23 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to Terry’s family. He was a friend to many, and would do anything for anyone. Thanks for the great reunions and your friendship over the years!

  • Thomas Drey Posted February 7, 2017 6:33 am

    Terry was a great leader and a good man. I enjoyed working with him and Carol at various Airborne reunions and events over the years.

  • Gene H Langenberg Posted February 7, 2017 9:51 am

    Terry was a tireless supporter of the 101st Airborne Division and was admired by all of us who served with the 101st Airborne Division. Thanks again for your determination and fortitude to place the only Paratrooper Monument in the Midwest (Omaha, NE).

    I salute you….. Rest in Peace.

    Gene H Langenberg
    Corona, CA

  • Kathy Neumann Mohatt Posted February 7, 2017 10:14 am

    So sorry. The Zahn’s were high school friends and until the end on earth. Will miss Randy. He was a beautiful person. Humor, heart and all the rest. He will be missed. Rip and love to all his family.

  • Harry Gravell Posted February 7, 2017 1:00 pm

    I remember when he left the JATC to become BA in his home district. Everyone, I mean EVERYONE asked where Terry was. He was well known for his sense of humor, but he was extremely serious about his Local. He will always be remembered.

  • Adam Allen Posted February 7, 2017 2:07 pm

    Rest in peace Brother.

  • Michael T Slomski Posted February 7, 2017 3:28 pm

    Rest well my friend….You deserve it after all your efforts in making this a better place to live and work in.
    I salute you with all my heart.
    Michael T

  • paul a jessie Posted February 7, 2017 4:08 pm

    From one union brother to another, you will be missed. district 12.

  • John Reich Posted February 7, 2017 6:14 pm

    A GREAT Friend an co-worker will be missed by many Union Brothers. I am so glad I had the opportunity to visit with Terry on my visits to Omaha. Rest in peace Brother Zahn

  • Ron Parker Posted February 7, 2017 8:08 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace Terry.

  • Ted Reich Posted February 7, 2017 9:37 pm

    Rest in Peace. Thanks for all your years of hard work to make local 669 a better place for us all. We Love ya old man.
    The Reich Crew.

  • Gerry Steen Posted February 8, 2017 7:21 am

    Rest in peace brother

  • Vince Valdez Posted February 8, 2017 8:16 am

    Our heartfelt condolence to the Zahn family. May you rest in peace.

  • Robert Severn Posted February 8, 2017 8:22 am

    I am so sorry to have heard the news about Terry’s passing. While I have had the opportunity of knowing Terry for the past 10 years as Dad’s Day Chairman, his passion for finding a cure against diabetes was relentless much like his desire for the Building Trades and Veterans. He and Carol will forever have a lasting impact on me. Terry, may you rest in peace with the Lord. Rob Severn, North America’s Building Trades Unions

  • Dave & Sylvia Durr Posted February 8, 2017 1:10 pm

    Rest in peace Brother, you deserve it.
    To Carol and the rest of the Zahn family he will be missed.
    I’ve known Terry for over 35 years and thru the good times and bad he made our Local 669 a better place.

  • John lazusky Posted February 8, 2017 2:08 pm

    Rest in peace brother

  • Mike Kilbane Posted February 8, 2017 2:11 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Randy was a good friend.

  • Ivan Worrell Posted February 8, 2017 4:28 pm

    Terry was a friend that I could always call for help. He was an exemplary Screaming Eagle.

  • Paul and Vicki Long Posted February 10, 2017 9:29 am

    God Bless Your Soul, Terry. Your combination of sincerity and humor were uniquely enjoyable. Your love for your Community and the Military were not only shared but produced action. The times we worked together, both inspired and strengthened me. You were one of the first ones in the UA that really believed in and practiced Organizing. We are put on this earth to help our fellow man. Terry, you did your job.

  • bob and margie sharp Posted February 13, 2017 3:47 pm

    rest in peace vet and union brother the good times we had in Omaha and Denver.

  • Debbie Preuett Posted February 15, 2017 11:56 am

    I worked with Terry for many years and he was not only a great union leader, he was a friend too. Terry, I’m glad you were a part of my life and may you Rest In Peace. Debbie

  • Jim Stinebaker Posted August 29, 2017 6:37 pm

    I’ve known Randy for over 35 years. I was his first V.P, of the Midwest chapter. He was like an older brother to
    me. I remember when we were in the hospitality room in Wash. D.C. for the women’s Vietnam dedication in
    1993. He bought $25 worth of tickets to win a 101st decanter. I bought one ticket and won. I’ll never forget the look on his face when he looked at me. One of the best darn PARATROOPERS that ever lived.

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