CRANBERRY - Robert Lee Zeigler, 91, formerly of Lewistown, went to be with his Savior, and his bride of 72 years, Phyllis Virginia Zeigler, on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.
His past two years were spent in the loving home of Concordia of Cranberry, and his final few days with the loving folks of both Concordia and Good Samaritan Hospice.
Robert was born March 8, 1922, in Bethlehem, Pa., a son of the late Daniel W. Zeigler and Anna Hess Zeigler.
Robert Lee Zeigler
He was a graduate of the Lewistown High School Class of 1939 and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, in Lewistown.
His family, faith, friends and being a father to his girls were always his priorities.
He was a farmer and outdoorsman at heart, tending to a garden, hiking through the woods or cutting his own firewood.
He was a natural leader with his charismatic personality, commitment to goodwill and his willingness to work in a positive manner with all he came into contact.
His proven successes began with a passion for the simple life and his love of nature. He was as an avid Boy Scout during his formative years.
He proudly served in World War II in the Fifth Army Air Corps, serving in the Pacific theater in the occupation of Japan. This was followed by 38 years at Standard Steel, retiring in 1982 from the purchasing department. He was a past president of the Industrial Management Club.
His community service included 10 years with both Union and Armagh Township school boards. He was a YMCA board member, and was recognized for outstanding service as Vice Chair Mifflin Co. Housing Authority for 21 years, following his retirement from Standard Steel. He also served as treasurer of the Poe Valley Campus Ministry on the O'Hesson Advisory Board. He was also the Cottage Association President and a substitute Sunday school teacher for St. John's Family Circle Class. Additionally, he served on the Executive Board of the Tressler Lutheran Synod.
He is survived by: his four daughters, Judith Whitehouse, Susan (Larry) Carson, Deborah (Robert) Maskey and Kathryn (Joseph) Molek; his nine grandchildren, Robert (Beth) Whitehouse, Samuel (Justine) Whitehouse, Beth (William) Conkle, David (Annie) Brown, Heather (Stephen) Kampsen, Patrick McGuiness, Lisa Maskey, Kristen (William) Stauffer and Carrie Joe Molek; his 12 great-grandchildren, Benjamin Robert, Nicholas, Brendan, Fletcher, Finley Kate, Lauren, Benjamin William, Ryan, Samantha, Jessica, Kyler and Ciara; his sister, Patricia (Zeigler) Bruglar of Greenville, and his brother, James Zeigler, of Williamsport.
In addition to his parents and his beloved wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers John and William.
A memorial service with Military Honors will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Concordia of Cranberry, 10 Adams Ridge Blvd., Mars, for local friends and family.
An additional memorial service will be held at a later date at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lewistown.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Glenn-Kildoo Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 130 Wisconsin Avenue, Cranberry Township.
The Zeigler family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in Robert's honor in support of Concordia of Cranberry.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Zeigler family at www.glennkildoofuneralhome.com.