Zeigler, Robert

Written by David Green.

Robert J. Zeigler, 76, of Sun City Center, Fla., died Wednesday, July 11, 2007, at South Bay Hospital.

He was born in Swanton, Ohio, to the late John E. and Gladys (Myers) Zeigler. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Jean (Ferris) Zeigler.

Robert retired from Henkle Chemical Corporation after 40 years of service. He was a member of St. Andrews Church in Sun City Center.

He served in the 549th Military Police during the Korean War and was again called to duty during the Berlin Crisis with the 392nd Chemical Combat Support. He was not deactivated until after the start of the Vietnam War.

Robert was a life and charter member of the Morenci American Legion Post #368, with more than 50 years of membership. He was a life member of the Morenci Masonic Lodge #95,  a member of the Morenci Eagles #1297 (P.W.P.), a charter member of the Ruskin Eagles #4351, Ruskin Moose #813, Lenawee County 40 & 8 Voiture #997 and South Hillsborough Elks #2672. He served the Michigan American Legion Boys’ State in various functions for 17 years.

 In addition to his wife, Jean, Robert is survived by a daughter, Roberta Slee of Morenci, Mich.; a son, John (and Jean) Zeigler of Mason, Ohio; his special baby (Angel); a very close family friend, Marcia Swain, of Sun City Center, Fla.; six grandchildren, Stacey, Joshua, Jeremie and Ashley Blaker, and Christopher and Amanda Zeigler; four great-grandchildren, Brian, Michael, David and Logan Blaker; one brother, Jerry A.  (and Phyllis) Zeigler, two sisters-in-law, Margaret Burkhardt and Joyce Ferris-Mellott; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, an infant sister, two brothers-in-law and a niece.

A memorial service is planned at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Ruskin Eagles #4351. Local graveside services are scheduled at 2 p.m. July 28 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Donations in Robert’s memory can be sent to any Shriners Hospital or by visiting the website at www.shriners.com/hospitals/_hospitals_for_children/.

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