Michael David Ziegler, age 68, of Ellis, died November 19, 2020 at the Hays Medical Center. He was born on July 4, 1952 in Quinter, to Andrew and Christina (Hartman) Ziegler. Mike was the youngest of six children.
Mike was raised on the farm southeast of Grainfield and attended school in Grainfield and Oakley. He lived in group homes with DSNWK in Atwood, Hays and Victoria, Kansas, then moved to Good Samaritan Society in Ellis. Mike was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ellis and the Knights of Columbus.
In his youth, Mike enjoyed playing cards with his family, especially Durak and Pitch. He enjoyed all sports and passed a lot of time watching TV as each season came and went. Mike loved the KU Jayhawks and the Kansas City Chiefs!
Mike was privileged to experience lots of things firsthand! He attended several Sweet Sixteen basketball tournaments and KC Chiefs games. He enjoyed Kansas City Royals and attended two World Series games. He saw the Colorado Rockies, the Denver Broncos and went to San Diego to watch the Chiefs play the Chargers. He visited the Naval shipyards and went whale watching. Mike even enjoyed a baseball game at Wrigley Field and fishing on Lake Erie. He toured the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Grant’s Farm in St. Louis to see the Budweiser Clydesdales. On a trip to Colorado, Mike went snow skiing at Winterpark through their handicap program. Mike did tours of the Louisville Slugger Museum, Jim Beam factory, The Gateway Arch, The Denver Zoo, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone and saw all the motorcycles from Sturgis, South Dakota. He went to the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix to watch K-State play. Mike went to Hawaii, cruised the islands, and toured Pearl Harbor. He enjoyed a cruise to the Western Caribbean. Mike also liked to play slot machines, taking in both Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City and a trip to Las Vegas!
His brother, Richard, was always eager to take Mike on trips. But, Mike’s family, and extended family, all took the time to take Mike to see and experience all these things and they enjoyed each one!
Surviving Mike are his siblings, James Ziegler, Oakley, Richard Ziegler, Gunnison, CO, Virginia (Larry) Ochs, Grainfield, Eugene (Janell) Ziegler, Grainfield and Mary Lou (Dale) Wiedeman, Hays; two nieces, Michelle Sprigg, Norton, and Heather (Garrett) Marks, Wichita.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law, Elaine Ziegler, niece, Melissa Herl, nephew, Bradley Wiedeman, and nephew-in-law, Dwight Sprigg.
After private visitation at Kennedy-Koster Funeral Home, Father Dana Clark performed graveside services at the Grainifield Cemetery where Mike was laid to rest on November 23, 2020. Memorials are suggested to DSNWK or Good Samaritan Society, Ellis and can be sent in care of Kennedy-Koster Funeral Home, P.O. Box 221, Oakley, KS 67748.
Published on November 28, 2020