Anthony J. Zigment, 96

October 15, 2021

Anthony J. Zigment, 96, of United Zion Retirement Community, Lititz, formerly of Manheim Township, passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021. He was born in Scranton, PA and was the son of the late Anthony J. and Julia M. (Powell) Zigment.

He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Welsh Musser Zigment in 2006. He was also previously married to Marcella Kozloski.

He graduated from Central High School in 1942 in Scranton, attended Penn State Extension, the University of Scranton with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1949 and earned his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago.

Tony retired as Research Chemist for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was in their Water Quality Department. Prior to the Commonwealth, he was a Development Chemist for Armstrong World Industries where he had several patents in adhesives. His first job was at the Maryland Drydock Company in Baltimore.

The Captain as he was known to many served his Country with the United States Navy during WWII. He served the years from 1943-1958. He served on the LST 506 as Pharmacist’s Mate during D-Day invasion of France, June 6, 1944 at Omaha Beach, LST 506 February 1944-December 1944. He was based in the Azore Islands with the Naval Squadron V PB 114 as Pharmacist Mate at Island Dispensary from March 1945-March 1946. He was honorably discharged as Pharmacist Mate in April 1946.

Tony then served in the Naval Reserve from 1946 in Scranton, until commissioned Ensign in Summer of 1949. He was honorably discharged as Officer USNR in 1958 while living in Chicago. There he attended the Naval Officer Engineering School at Forest Park, Ill.

His work experience in Chicago consisted as a Food Chemist with Wilson and Co. from 1949-1951, Water and Petroleum Catalyst Chemist with NALCO Chemical Co 1951-1958. While living in Lewiston, NY he was Liquid Rocket Fuels Chemist with Olin Matheson Corp. When he moved to Lancaster he became Development Chemist at R&D Center for Armstrong Cork Co. specializing in Adhesives Roofing and many other building products from 1960-1970. From 1970-1974 he was the Water Quality Superintendent for the Lancaster Water Bureau and Sewer Plants. In Harrisburg, he was the Environmental Training Director for the Department of Community Affairs, for the Commonwealth of PA. From 1975-1986, he established statewide training programs for Water and Water Pollution Operators. He conducted seminars on Solid Waste, Water Safety, Energy Saving, and Air Pollution Seminars in cooperation with Department of Environmental Resources.

His community service included Lancaster Boy Scout Leader in the 1960s, Lancaster City Councilman 1966-1969 where he sponsored the original City Historic Ordinance, Science Fair Judge at F&M College High School Competition, former member and Treasurer of Lancaster Water Authority from 1990-2000, Treasurer of former Conestoga Valley Association (related to river area, not school), member of Lancaster County Conservancy, awarded numerous awards from American Water Works Assoc., Water Works Operators of PA, and Water Pollution Operators of PA. He was also a State Licensed Class WA-1 Water Operator.

His life memberships include, American Chemical Society, American Water Works Association, Eastern Section Water Pollution Water Operators Assn, Naval Institute, Annapolis, MD, PA Federation of Sportsmen’s Club, Veterans of Foreign Affairs Lititz Springs Post 1463, VFW National Home Eaton Rapids, MI, and American Legion Post 34.

He was a longtime member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church.

The Captain’s retirement activities were Chaplain of VFW Post 1463 Lititz, Board of Directors PA LST Assoc (Navy and Coast Guard ships), Board of Directors of Landis Woods, Boettcher House, Manheim Township Parks and Recreation, Men’s Garden Club of Lancaster, worked part time several years for Lancaster Oil Products, taught courses for water and sewer operators at Brownstown Vo-Tech, and enjoyed visiting schools delivering lectures on WWII. He cherished the wonderful Thank You notes from the children he visited. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, and bowling at Rocky Springs. He also was proud of his auditioning for Senior IDOL in 2009. He was a resident of United Zion since 2006.

He is survived by two sons, Lt. Col., USAF (Retired), Leonard A. Zigment, husband of Christine, of Colorado Springs, CO, Robert A. Zigment, husband of Julie, of Whiteford, MD and, two daughters, Nancy Ann Zigment, of Landisville, Linda M. Armer, wife of Victor, Jr., Brunnerville, 18 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a stepson Gregory Welsh.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, October 26, at 12noon at Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. A viewing will be held on Monday evening from 6-8pm and again from 11am-12noon at Snyder’s prior to the service. Interment and military honors will be held at 2:30pm at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in The Captain’s memory to Honor Flight, Inc. 4601 North Fairfax Drive Suite 1200 Arlington, Virginia 22203.

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November 02, 2021

To the Family – (Bob, Leonard, Nancy, and Linda) -I am so sorry to hear about your father’s death.  Growing up in Eden Manor was a big part of my life and your family always welcomed me.  It was nice to read the accomplishments and past history of “The Captain” which was unnoticed.  With many thoughts and deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time.  I want you all to know you’re in my thoughts, prayers and in my heart.
Richard J. Walters

October 27, 2021

I knew Mr. Zigment as a child growing up in his neighborhood in the 1960’s.  He was 27 years older than me.  Today I read with wonder all of his contributions to family, friends, work and service to his country.  He was an amazing man.  The tribute video told a story that made me smile.  He loved being in costume and I regret that I did not know him as an adult.  To his family, I am sorry for your loss of this wonderful man.
Joe Byorick

October 21, 2021

Bob, Linda and family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father.  I often wondered why my sister (Navy family) was so taken by Tony at the UZRC.  I appreciated reading about your father’s life and service to our country.  Praying for you all.

October 21, 2021

Dear Nancy,
Your dad was a wonderful neighbor and friend.  We will miss his cheerful notes that he wrote on his Christmas cards to us every year.  Our sympathies to you and your family.
Jane and Mark

October 21, 2021

Dear Bob and Family, 
Our condolences and prayers to you and your entire family. We are all so grateful for the “Captain’s” extensive service. 
With deepest sympathy
Ed and Jamie Ridenour

October 20, 2021

My dad, Lew Dunn, worked with Tony at Armstrong, where they shared several patents, and was in the Naval Reserve with him. He always spoke highly of Tony. My sympathy to Tony’s family.
Kameron Dunn

October 20, 2021

To the ZIGMENT FAMILIES, Our Deepest Sympathy for the loss of TONY. A Great Friend & Trivia Wizzard who will Never be Forgotten!! Our Prayers are with you Always!!
Neil,Chris & Mary Cantor

October 20, 2021

My condolences to the family 🙏💔 Tony was a wonderful,kind and loving individual.Always had a kind word,I enjoyed seeing him at UZRC, and being one of many that had the privilege to care for him.♥️🙏
Barbara Peiffer

October 20, 2021

Just a wonderful man. Loved taking care of him and He would always bring a smile to my face.Thank you for letting me have the honor to take care of him and to have such wonderfulmemories. .God bless you all. 
Michele Stine

October 20, 2021

I’m sorry for your loss. I enjoyed knowing Tony the past 5 years at UZ. I called him grandpa and he really felt like a grandpa to me. I will miss talking to him and seeing him around. He cared about some many people and truely
made an impact on others. 
Alesha Frank

October 20, 2021

What an ambitious man, Nancy!  My condolences to you & your family, but rich memories abound.  Thank you for your Service, Captain Zigment! Your mission is complete.
Trish B

October 19, 2021

Dad – I will love you forever!  Your #1 Daughter.  ♥️♥️

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