Thomas E. Zeiger, 66, Rochester, passed away at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at the Veterans Administration Northern Indiana Health Care System, Marion Campus.

He was born on Oct. 30, 1950, in Rochester, the son of Joseph A. and Martha J. (Richard) Zeiger.

Thomas served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He had worked at Sonoco Products in Akron, in the production department. He had attended St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, and was a member of the Eagles Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, and the American Legion. In his free time, he enjoyed auto racing and fishing and loved to get out and enjoy coffee with his friends.

Survivors include his children, Rachel and husband Jasper Midkiff, Rochester, Martha and husband Robert Artist, Rochester, and Melanie and husband Scott Moody, Warsaw; five grandchildren, Dane and Kaelyn Midkiff, and Abbigail, Thomas and Elena Artist, all of Rochester; stepgrandchildren Alexandria, Samuel, and Kyle Moody, Warsaw; sister Nancy and husband Lonnie Cripe, Rochester; and brothers John and wife Martha Zeiger, Rochester, and Rick Zeiger and companion Debbie Brubaker, Rochester.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Mary Zeiger.

His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Michael McKinney officiating. Friends may visit from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard. Online condolences may be expressed at