Eugene B. Zeigler

Eugene B. Zeigler, 104, of Lancaster, passed away Monday, August 8, 2011 at Moravian Manor Nursing Home. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Eugene B. and Katherine (Houser) Zeigler. Eugene was the husband of Margaret L. Zeigler who died in 1984 after 54 years of marriage.

Eugene proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Corp. Eugene was employed by Armstrong as a Draftsman for 37 years and was the oldest living retiree. He was a long time member of the YMCA where he enjoyed swimming until age 100 and rode his beloved Harley until age 84.

Eugene is survived by two daughters, Margaret Schopf of Lancaster, and Katherine Myers wife of Jay of Lancaster. Eight grandchildren, Steven Cicero, Lisa Wylam, Eric Schopf, Martin Schopf, Stewart Schopf, Christopher Myers, Jennifer Poplyk, Melissa Myers-Soberanis, and eleven great grandchildren survive him.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Lancaster Library 125 N. Duke St. Lancaster, PA 17602.  To send an online condolence or for more information please visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory 717-560-5100

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Kathy and Margy,

We were so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. What a talented and interesting man he was. It has been many years since I have seen him , but I used to run into him occasionally at the grocery store. He always remembered me and we would have a nice talk. 104 years old. He certainly was not shortchanged. Please pass our condolences on to your family.

Roger and Jo Thornton

Dear Zeigler Family:

Your Dad:  104 years old….Fantastic! Gene: an intellient, special man; a fine neighbor on Elmwood Road.  I remember helping Margie one year to prepare 3 geese she had raised…for a Christmas feast!   I made a doll cradle which talented artist Margie decorated with PA Dutch symbols…I still have it.  I am also now an artist painting landscapes working with acrylics (I’m 88 1/2!).  Kathy was always a fine companion for our 3 children in particular (Bill, Linda and Cynthia, then later baby Jeffrey…they’re now in their 60’s!) who loved your Mother’s apron pockets filled with Mary Janes!)  We took Kathy along on short trips to help Ruth…Red Pointe, Chesapeake.  A fine young woman; thank you!

One of my poems…for you:

We go travelin’ on life’s highway,
enjoying as we go
all good things in nature…
birds that sing at evening,
roses fresh with dew,
deer and geese and brook trout:
all put on earth for you.

Then there’s the best from heaven:
each relative and friend,
but this life as we know it
is surely not the end.
Our God gave us a purpose;
and when we pass the test,
He offers peace and comfort
and His eternal rest.

My sympathies to you and hope for peace,
Bill Bard
11-B Terrace Drive
Lancaster PA  17601

To the family of Gene Zeigler,
My Mother, Margie Gray, met Gene during swim class at a time in their lives when both had experienced sadness in the loss of spouses.  Their friendship grew into a beautiful caring relationship. I will be forever grateful for the love and companionship they shared that gave Mother so much meaning during her later years and for the kindness Gene bestowed on me, her daughter. I give thanks for him and for the joy he brought to my Mother and me; and to you, his family, for including Mother in all of the special gatherings.  She adored all of you. My husband, a Harley motorcycle enthusiast has told may of his biker friends about Gene’s Harley days and is sure to include the impressive riding history! My brother and I will never forget Gene’s kindness to us when our Mother died.  Our wish for each of you is to know that Gene was greatly loved and admired; and that the memories of his life will soon bring a smile in the remembering.

Our love,
Barbara and Jim Lawson
Jeffrey Gray

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