Kenneth L. Ziegler
Born December 6, 1937, he was a son of the late Homer and Mae Wessell Ziegler.
As a child, he loved to play “Cowboys and Indians” and ride his bike with special friends, Harold Stover, Bobby Jackson, and Jim Mannara.
While growing up, he most admired his father who taught him to fish and hunt, but most importantly how to be a responsible person in everything he did.
Ken had many jobs in his life from a grower at Oakwood Rose Garden, John Mansfield, Con Air, and Oil Well Supply as an overhead crane operator until he was laid off in 1980 when the company was closed. He retired from the Oil City School District in the maintenance department.
His hobbies included driving his 1940 Dodge convertible coup, which he restored himself with the help of special friends Jim Stoudt and Bill Gratkowski, and participating as a member of the AACA, Antique Auto Club of America, PA Oil Region AACA, and the Plymouth Club of America.
Mr. Ziegler was a member of the Hasson Heights Community Church where he had served as a trustee, usher, and janitor.
Ken was a previous member of the Oil City Eagles, Oil City Moose, Oil City Elks, and a proud member of the VFW.
After being widowed in 1976 from the former Patricia Cann, he met his current wife, the former Mary Firster Stadler at Kibby’s Island while camping. They were married for 42 years. Together they developed a blended family with his son, Jeffrey Ziegler and his wife Raeshel of Beaver and daughter, Cynthia Schwab and her husband Doug of Gibsonia; two stepsons, Edward Stadler and his wife Rita of Rodgers, AR, and John Stadler of Oil City; and several friends who all loved him and will miss him very much.
Together they have six granddaughters, Karie Stadler, Chelsey Stoner, Katrina Schwab, Lauren Schwab, Haley Ziegler, and Cassidy Ziegler; a grandson, John Stoner; and completing the unit, a great-granddaughter, Lynix Stoner.
Included in Ken’s family is a special set of twin granddaughters as his mother was a twin and the girls made for the third set of twins.
Also surviving are a sister, Nancy Kerr and her husband Dick of Polk; a brother-in-law, James Firster and his wife Donna of Oil City; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Firster of Astabula, OH; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by in-laws, John and Betty Firster; and a brother-in-law, Harold “Butch” Firster.
Friends will be received at the Morrison Funeral Home on Saturday from 1 to 3 pm with a funeral service to follow at 3 pm with the Rev. Bonnie Stoudt officiating.
Interment will be in Grove Hill Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the VETS Honor Guard.
The family suggests memorials in Ken’s name be made to Oakwood Heights, 10 VoTech Drive, Oil City or AseraCare at 12664 US 19, Waterford, PA 16441.
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