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Herbert Frederick Ziegler, Jr., Sunrise of Leawood Assisted Living, Leawood, Kansas, passed away peacefully on September 10, 2020 in the presence of his loving twin daughters.
He was born March 3, 1924, Herb was the eldest son and the third of seven children born to Herbert F. Ziegler, Sr. and Florence Schweiger Ziegler. His father, Herbert F. Ziegler Sr., was a graduate of the University of Missouri, Class of 1914, with a bachelors degree in agriculture with a specialty in horticulture, and he operated a produce wholesale business at the City Market for 40 years. His mother, Florence Schweiger Ziegler, was a graduate of St. Teresa Academy.
On February 6, 1998, he was preceded in death by his wife of 25 years, Shirley Deines Ziegler, a native of Orchard, Nebraska. Shirley was a graduate Speech Therapist. She inspired her twin daughters to follow her example. Amy earned her master's degree in journalism from Kansas State University, and Joan earned her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Herb is survived by his twin daughters: Amy Florence Fischbach, Field Editor for Transmission & Distribution World magazine, her husband Dave and their five children: John, Paul, Lily, Anna and Ben Herbert; and Joan Ziegler Delahunt, an assistant professor of occupational therapy at Rockhurst University, her husband Colm and their two children: Aidan and Fiona Delahunt; one sister, Virginia Ziegler Bagby, Kansas City, Missouri; as well as nieces and nephews.
Herb was predeceased by his other five siblings, Mary Ann Ziegler Conley Perry, formerly Columbus, Ohio; Joseph Raymond Ziegler, formerly Tulsa, Okla..; Dr. John Gerard Ziegler, formerly Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Dorothy Ziegler Hogan Orscheln, Las Vegas, Nev. and Betty Ziegler Broski, Leawood, Kan.
Herb was born in Kansas City, Mo. and educated in local grade schools, Rockhurst High School, Kansas City Junior College--then Notre Dame University, from which he received his BS in Mathematics at age 19, February, 1944, while participating in the Navy V-12 program.
He then graduated from the Navy Midshipman's School, Plattsburg, NY, and the Navy Submarine School, New London, Conn.
In 1945, he served aboard the submarine USS Sea Robin, SS 407, on its third successful war patrol off the coasts of Japan and Korea, and was awarded the Navy Commendation Ribbon for his services as Torpedo Data Computer Operator. After the war, he was released from the Navy as a Lt. (junior grade).
Using the GI Bill, he then spent one year at the University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland, after which he returned to Kansas City to work for three years in the family produce business, a business he had grown up in.
Then in 1952, at age 28, he started a new career as a Manufacturer's Agent in the Mechanical Power Transmission field.He served as the president of the Herbert F. Ziegler, Jr. Company until his retirement in 1988 at the age of 64.
Once again, his life took a new turn. He enrolled in Johnson County Community College as a Liberal Arts student and obtained his Associate of Arts degree in 1993. From there he continued his studies at UMKC, earning a degree in Spanish in 1995. This was followed by some summer courses in Mexico, Spain, and Austria.
Herb was a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri and was President of The Engineers Club of Kansas City from 1973-74.
He was a member of the The Interamericano Club, La Causerie Francaise, The Kansas City Swiss Society, The Native Sons of Kansas City, The Westport Historical Society, and The Shawnee Indian Mission Historical Society--among others.
Herb liked to write short articles about things that interested him, many of which were published in the Volunteer Voice of the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the SPARK Elderhostel of UMKC, the Kansas City Swiss Society, the Kansas City Star, and the Brown and Gold Club of Johnson County Community College, as well as other local publications.
He loved to travel and made many happy trips with his wife, Shirley, and his daughters, Amy and Joan.
Herb enjoyed all aspects of living, especially his family, music, bridge, local history, walking, ballroom dancing, teaching Spanish at the Kansas City Central Shepherd's Center, and, the company of open-minded, adventurous people.
His curiosity never dwindled. He was an enthusiastic student of life and the world and he never stopped trying to figure it all out. And above all, he never forgot those who went out of their way to help him.
Like his father and mother, Herb was a native of Kansas City and dearly loved the community, in fact, both sides of his family had been in Kansas City for well over 100 years.
His Ziegler great-grandparents had emigrated from Switzerland and Germany. His Schweiger great-grandparents had emigrated from Germany and Ireland.
Herb was grateful for his family and felt a special obligation to live up to that heritage and to live the life of a productive, caring, and active person. He enjoyed nature and the outdoors, and to honor his memory, his family plans to have a paver inscribed with a personal message at the Celebration Terrace. Please make donations payable to the Friends of the Arboretum, PO Box 26147, Overland Park, KS, 66225. If you prefer to contribute online, please visit https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=E82660&id=28
Private Mass of Christian Burial will be at the Cure of Ars Church, and the interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.