Richard Ziegler, 86, of Staples, passed away October 23, 2016 at Lakewood Health System Care Center in Staples.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples, with Father Joe Korf officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples and one hour prior to services at the church.
Arrangements are with the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples.
Interment will be at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Staples. Military Honors will be provided by the Motley American Legion Post #124.
Richard Matthew Ziegler was born October 21, 1930 in Fawn Lake Township to Edward and Gertrude (Weishalla) Ziegler. Richard joined the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Staples VFW. Richard married Ann Freiberg on June 30, 1955, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in St. Paul. They worked in the Twin Cities before moving their family to the Staples area in 1964. In 1970, they moved to their farm where they worked and raised their family. Richard also worked for Northern Manufacturing, retiring in 1992. He enjoyed flying and worked toward a pilot license for single engine planes. He enjoyed fishing, bowling and playing horseshoes. Richard enjoyed music, playing the banjo when he was younger and the harmonica. He cherished time with his family.
Richard is survived by four daughters, Marie (Ron) Weber of Duluth, Deborah Ziegler, Shelly Wilds both of Staples, Barb (Gregory) Dvorak of Pillager; four sons, Donald (Michele) Ziegler, James (Tina) Ziegler both of Staples, Steve (Keri) Ziegler of Ogilvie, Gregory (Kate) Ziegler of Fort Ripley; one daughter-in-law, Kristi Ziegler of Staples; one sister, Barbara DeWald of Staples; two brothers, Robert Ziegler and Lawrence Ziegler of Lino Lakes; 50 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one son, Jeff; two brothers, John Ziegler and Romaine Ziegler and two sisters, Pat Austad and Viola Dukowitz.