Roy James Zingg

September 12, 1931January 30, 2018

Roy James Zingg, 86, passed away at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames on January 30, 2018. A private family memorial service will take place at a later date.

Roy was born on September 12, 1931 to Emil and Martha (Biekert) Zingg. Roy grew up in Charles City, and served in the U.S Navy during the Korean Conflict. Upon his return home he married Carol Schuldt on May 12, 1955.

Roy was a graduate of Iowa State University, he received his PhD in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. He went on to become a tenured professor at Iowa State University teaching Computer Science and Electrical Engineering until 1983. He left academia and accepted a position on the west coast at McDonnell Douglas until his retirement in 1998 when Roy and Carol moved back to Ames. Roy was active in his community and Collegiate United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife; Carol Zingg, son; Paul (Lori) Zingg of Ottumwa, Iowa, daughter; Martha (Martin) Gundel of Midlothian, Virginia, grandchildren; Katelyn Zingg, Rachel Zingg, Kirstin Gundel, Emily Gundel and Nicholas Gundel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Roy’s name to The Iowa State University Foundation, 2505 University Boulevard, PO Box 2230. Ames Iowa 50010-2230 or on line at and please designate the Electrical/Computer Engineering Scholarship Fund.


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February 9, 2018

As a "cousin-in-law" to Roy, I would like to extend my sympathy to Carol and the family in Roy's passing. He was a kind and gentle man and I remember him from some Schuldt cousin reunions.

Thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of loss.


Carolyn Schuldt
Dr. C.M. and Zelma Schuldt daughter
Peoria, IL (hometown Platteville, WI)

Matt Devore

February 7, 2018

The Devore family sends our prayers for comfort and peace to Carol and the entire Zingg family. A part of Roy's legacy is undoubtedly the children and grandchildren which are among the many blessings in his life.

Stacy Smith

February 7, 2018

I had the sweet pleasure of getting to know Roy (and Carol) while assisting them in updating their town home. Immediately, Roy reminded me of my Dad with his kind heart and gentle smile. He was such a loving soul. I'm going to miss him terribly. I'm extremely saddened by the news of his passing but have peace that he is with God. My thoughts and prayers continue for Carol and family as they mourn the loss of such a wonderful man.

Eugenio Coco

February 4, 2018

Our deepest simpathy

Terry Smay

February 4, 2018

Roy and I were graduate students and eventually faculty members together. He was a good friend who will be greatly missed. I recall him as being the first to advance the idea of establishing the Computer Engineering Curriculum at Iowa State, and it has become one of the most popular ISU programs.

Robert Farr

February 2, 2018

Carol, how saddened I am with this news. Roy was chair of the church council when we were first here, and that's the way I have seen him. May our loving Lord hold you and your family close to his heart and be assurance to you. Bob Farr

Bob Underhill

February 1, 2018

Carol: I've jus been down to the lobby of the Towers here and saw the notice of Roy's passing.. What a shock! I had not known he was suffering in any way.
My thoughts are with you in your loss and would like you to remember you both have been warm friends never to be forgotten.
Bob Underhill

Gary Griffin

January 31, 2018

Roy was a favorite cousin of my father, M. Warren Griffin. They had some great times together growing up. We are all quite proud of all Roy's accomplishments in his life. He was a giver. Our thoughts are with Carol & family. Gary & Kris Griffin

January 31, 2018

Our condolences to the family. May God fulfill his promise of binding up the brokenhearted. Isa 61:1

January 31, 2018

Our condolences to the family. May God fulfill his promise of binding up the brokenhearted. Isa 61:1