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Robert Carl Ziegler dies at 82

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Robert C. Ziegler, 82, of Clinton, Mo., passed away Monday, September 22, 2008 at St. Lukeís Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

He was born in Nazareth, Pa.

In 1965, he married Gerri L. Cline, who survives.

He is also survived by four sons and one daughter, Thomas Karl (Patricia) Ziegler of Palatka, Fla., David Michael (Melinda) Ziegler of Tampa, Fla., Stephen John (Cathy) Ziegler of Boone, N.C., Joan Vennerstrom of North Port, Fla., Dan (Arlene) Sowards of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Mark and Kelsey Ziegler, David (Robin) Ziegler, Matthew Ziegler, Sarah and David, Jr., Danielle and Christopher Sowards, Lindsey, Whitney and Dustin Graham, Leslie (Dan) Nobile; seven great grandchildren, Daniel, Gabriella, Isabella and Lucia Nobile and Cole, Riley and Kyla Daniels; one brother, John (Helen) Ziegler of Nazareth, Pa., and one sister Elizabeth (Dr. Roy) Hand of Abington, Pa.

Bob was a major in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in WWII and the Korean Conflict. He worked for Bethlehem Steel Corporation in Buffalo, N.Y., working in the general managerís office as the companyís community affairs director. He later worked as the manager for the new Exposition Center and Fairgrounds at Valparaiso.

Twenty years ago, they moved to Clinton, where he worked part-time for Herman Lumber Company and eventually started Bobís Sharpening Service. He was very active in the Presbyterian Church as a deacon, an elder, and on the building and grounds committee. He also did lay preaching for the church and other churches in the surrounding areas.

Memorial services were at the First Presbyterian Church in Clinton. Inurnment was at Englewood Columbarium.

Family suggests memorial contributions be given to the First Presbyterian Church and can be sent to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home. Fond memories may be left online at


Posted 10/29/2008