Walter William Ziegele
Walter William Ziegele
  • June 22, 1926 - March 13, 2017
  • Irving, Texas

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Walter “Walt” Ziegele, 90, of Irving, Texas, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 13, 2017, surrounded by his wife and family. Walt lived 89 full years of his life in Peoria, until he and his wife moved to Texas in October of 2015.

Walt was married for 67 years to his beloved Elisabeth “Beth” Ziegele. He was a loving and devoted husband, father of four children, grandfather of three, and great-grandfather of one. His sharp wit, quick smile, and quiet charm welcomed all he met.

Walt was born in Peoria, Illinois on June 22, 1926 to Herman and Lena Ziegele. He attended Central High School, graduating in 1944. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific Fleet. Upon his return, he obtained a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in 1950. Walt worked over 40 years at the family business, Peoria Concrete Construction Company, retiring as Vice President for Production.

He was a member of University United Methodist Church for over 65 years, and gave countless hours of his time in leadership and volunteer positions at the church. Among his many other community service activities, he served as a Boy Scout leader, was the founding president of the Richwoods High School Parent/Teacher/Student organization, and served as an officer in the Peoria chapter of SHARE Food Program.

Despite his busy work and volunteer schedule, his first priority was spending time with and caring for his family, friends, neighbors, and church community. Walt’s place in heaven will be full of socializing, mowing yards, telling stories, and taking care of those who need a handyman or to borrow a tool. Laughter and love are guaranteed for all in heaven.

Walt is survived by his wife, Elisabeth (Robley) Ziegele of Irving, Texas and children Kathleen Ziegele Burton of Downers Grove, Illinois; David (Louise Maillett) Ziegele of Chevy Chase, Maryland; Terri (Doug) Bachtel of Prairie Village, Kansas, and Jayne (Mike Baker) Metz-Baker of Irving, Texas. Walt is also survived by his grandchildren, Cody Metz of Poth, Texas; Anna Bachtel of Kansas City, Missouri; Alison (Chris) Russell of Prairie Village, Kansas; and his great-grandson Clark Russell. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Doris Schoch Bachman, Kay (Carl) Fischer and Esther Ziegele, his brother-in-law, Vern Woosley, and many nieces, nephews, and caring friends.

Walt was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Lena Ziegele, and his brother and sister-in-law, Herman and Audrey Ziegele.

The Ziegele family would like to thank everyone at MacArthur Hills Retirement Community and their loving and dedicated staff in Memory Care, as well as the compassionate Envoy and Staff Care Hospice team.

Services will be held on Saturday, March 25 at J. E. Faust & Son Funeral Home located at 523 South Main Street, Grapevine, Texas 76051. Visitation will commence at 3:00 pm and services at 4:00 pm. Burial will be in Peoria, Illinois.

Condolences can be sent to 2053 Azalea Trail, Irving, TX 75063. In lieu of flowers, donations in Walt’s memory can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.