CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS, US — Ed Zdrojewski, editor of Grain Journal for nearly 30 years, died on May 4 at the age of 68 after battling cancer, according to an announcement on the publication’s website.

Zdrojewski, a Cleveland, Ohio, US, native and Michigan State University graduate, joined Grain Journal in 1994 and wrote more than 500 facility features for the magazine as well as a popular fiction series titled, “Northern Star.”

He was a longtime member of the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS), serving a term as chairman of the GEAPS Educational Programming Committee. Zdrojewski was honored as a Member of Distinction by GEAPS’ Cornbelt chapter in 2018.

Prior to joining Grain Journal, Zdrojewski worked for Johnson Hill Press, Cutting Tool Engineering, Bozell Jacobs Kenyon & Eckhardt, Dorf & Stanton Communications, the Benton-Harbor (Michigan) Herald-Palladium, and the Lapeer County (Michigan) Press during his 46-year journalism career.

Mark Avery, executive vice president of Grain Journal, described Zdrojewski as “a tireless worker” who was “dedicated to his craft.”

“He will be sorely missed by his fellow employees and all those he worked with in the grain, feed, and milling industries,” Avery said. “He loved the people in the industry and enjoyed going to their facilities. He was a tireless worker and a lot of the success of Grain Journal was due to his hard work.”

Memorial service arrangements are pending.