Grain Journal Editor Ed Zdrojewski died Thursday morning at the age of 68 after a fight with cancer.

Born Dec. 17, 1954, the Cleveland, OH native earned a journalism degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing in 1977.

He joined Grain Journal as editor on Jan. 31, 1994. During his nearly 30 years at Grain Journal, he wrote more than 500 Facility Feature articles and authored the popular Northern Star fiction series.

Zdrojewski was a career-long supporter of the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS). He was named a Cornbelt chapter Member of Distinction in 2018.

He also served as a longtime member, and a term as chairman of the GEAPS Educational Programming Committee.

In his over 46-year journalism career, he worked for Johnson Hill Press, Cutting Tool Engineering, Bozell Jacobs Kenyon& Eckhardt, Dorf & Stanton Communications, the Benton-Harbor (MI) Herald-Palladium, and the Lapeer County (MI) Press.

His hobbies include photography, travel, and cooking.

His favorite sports teams included the Michigan State Spartans, St. Louis Cardinals, and Chicago Bears.

“He will be sorely missed by his fellow employees and all those he worked with in the grain, feed, and milling industries,” says long-time colleague Mark Avery.

“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 his hard work.”