Robert “Bob” Ziegler, 85, Hays, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born July 26, 1930, in rural Collyer, to Peter and Leocadia (Waldman) Ziegler.

He was a 1948 graduate of Collyer High School and a 1952 graduate of Fort Hays State University with a bachelor’s degree.

He married Rosina “Rosie” Jacobs on Aug. 10, 1957, in Pfeifer. After graduating from FHSU he taught and coached at Schoenchen High School. He was a retired rural mail carrier. He played basketball at FHSU from 1948 to 1952 and was inducted into the FHSU Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. During the 1951-52 season, he broke the single-season scoring record. He was U.S. Army veteran serving in Korea until 1954.

He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Hays Veteran of Foreign Wars, Hays American Legion and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association.

He was an avid golfer and sports fan, enjoyed traveling, and visiting with family.

Survivors include his wife, Hays; five daughters, Beverly DuBois and husband, Craig, Birmingham, Ala., Karla Ezell and husband, Don, and Lori Hancock and husband, Scott, all of Shawnee, Janel Ruder and husband, Russ, Hays, and Roberta Ziegler and Phillip Padilla, Indian Hills, Colo.; a sister, Ellie Heimerman, Wichita; nine grandchildren, Jack and Bryan Ezell, Clayton, Cooper and Cameron Hancock, Shauna, Heather, Ryan and Luke Ruder; and in-laws, Ilona Ziegler, Ethel Ziegler, Flo Beilman, Erma Chrnalogar, Elsie Jacobs and Gene Jacobs.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Pius, Julius and Leo; five sisters, Albina Zerr, Anna Pfannenstiel, Fidelia Snider and Ida Snider; and an infant sister, Lorena Ziegler.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Hays; burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Holy Cross Cemetery, Pfeifer, with military honors compliments of the Hays VFW and Hays American Legion Riders.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, both at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.

A rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a vigil at 7 p.m., both at the funeral chapel.

Memorials are suggested to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School or Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, in care of the funeral chapel.

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