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Leo Victor Ziegler

Published on -1/21/2013, 9:38 AM

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Leo Victor Ziegler, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Via Christi Village, Hays.

He was born Feb. 11, 1924, in Hays to Anton "Tony" and Margaret (Miller) Ziegler. He grew up on a farm and went to school in the country north of Campus and was a 1942 graduate of Oakley High School.

He married Rubina Braun Leiker on Sept. 22, 1962, in Hays. He farmed and worked at the lumber yard in Oakley. In 1952, he moved to Glasco and was a manager of the Golden Bell Light Co. In 1956, he moved to Salina and worked for Plainsman Supply; then in 1962, they transferred him to Hays. In 1978, he worked for American Electric Co. In 1986, he worked for the Lee Co and retired in 1987.

He was a machinist mate third class in the Navy during World War II from Aug. 11, 1944, to June 26, 1946.

He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Bishop Cunningham Assembly Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree and Third Degree St. Mary Knights of Columbus Council No. 6984. He was a lifetime honoree member to the VFW, American Legion and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Larry Ziegler, Hays; two stepsons, Nick Leiker and wife, Olive, Wilson, and Virgil Leiker and wife, Lisa, Hays; a daughter, Rose (Ziegler) Klaus and husband, Charlie, Omaha, Neb.; a brother, Phil Ziegler and wife, Agnes, Hutchinson; four sisters, Agnes Young, Fresno, Calif., Delphine Malone, Coronado, Calif., Loretta Beckman, Security, Colo., and Marcy Mues, Hines, Ore.; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant sister; his parents; a sister, Irene Zerr; a stepson, Donald Leiker; and a granddaughter, Dawn Leiker Hill.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria, with military honors by the Hays VFW and American Legion. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 20th and Pine.

A vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m., both at the funeral home. The Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.

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