Harrison A. Zieske
By Joan DuBois   
January 15, 2010
Harrison A. Zieske (1924-2009)
Harrison A. Zieske, a former USCF member from Mentor, Ohio, died December 29, 2009 in the Heartland of Mentor Nursing Home. He was 85. He was born October 10, 1924 in Minnesota and had lived many years in Mentor. Mr. Zieske worked as an electronic technician in the cardiac research lab at the former Mount Sinai Hospital in Cleveland for more than 30 years before he retired. He was a veteran of the U.S. Merchant Marines, serving during World War II.

He took up rated chess at the age of 72, when he played in his first USCF-rated tournament on February 8-9, 1997 at the Wildwood Chess Club in Mentor. Between then and March 31, 2001 he had competed in three tournaments at the club. He was also a member of the Mentor Senior Center Chess Club. Mr. Zieske was also a ham radio operator - with the call letters KBIGL. He also enjoyed gardening, working in his grape vineyard, and making wine.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Alice (Scharlotte) Zieske; two stepdaughters, Penny (Robert) McCollister of Painesville and Nancy Prater of Dayton; two granddaughters, Alycia and Brittany; and a sister, Kay Messerschmidt. His funeral was held January 2, 2010 at the Brunner Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Mentor.
Obituary submitted by George Mirijanian, Massachusetts Chess Association.

Harrison A. Zieski - May you rest in peace.