Harold E. “Gene” Zeigler, 77, of Mexico, died Wednesday evening, August 23, 2017, at Boone Hospital in Columbia.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 28, 2017, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Mexico with Pastor Charles Legg officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 5-7 p.m at Pickering Funeral Home. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.
Mr. Zeigler was born April 1, 1940, in near Kirksville, the son of Harold G. and Bertha Mae (Burchett) Zeigler. On February 1, 1961, in Kirksville, he married Rebecca P. Head, who survives.
Gene was a Mexico High School graduate with the class of 1958. He also attended Truman University (NE Mo. State). He is a veteran having served for 6 years in the US Army National Guard.
Gene worked in Civil Engineering most of his life and spent time with the City of Mexico, Wetterau, Prudential and Federated Life Insurance, The National Chamber of Commerce, and Harbison Walker. He was injured in October of 1981 and was forced to retire.
He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Mexico and had served the church in many capacities. He was also very involved in parent organizations with the schools and he volunteered for several community organizations. He was very interested in keeping up with current events and he enjoyed reading automotive and scientific magazines, and he loved gardening.
In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons, John M. Zeigler and wife Nicole Sue of Cincinnati, OH, and Mark A. Zeigler and wife Kathie Irene of Dallas, TX; four brothers, Roy Zeigler and wife Geneva, St. Charles, Carl Zeigler and wife Donna, Mexico, Paul Zeigler of Mexico and Gary Zeigler and wife Deborah, of Columbia; two sisters, Darlene Wright, Overland Park, KS, and Marla Bennett, Mexico; six grandchildren, Joshua M., Luke B., Daniel T., Sara M., Jonah A., and Matthew B. Zeigler; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Taylor and Dorothy Zeigler.
The family requests that memorials be made to the First Church of the Nazarene. They may be sent in care of Pickering Funeral Home, 403 N. Western, Mexico, MO 65265.
Public Tributes and Expressions of Sympathy
We are so sorry for your loss. God bless your family. Joe and Patty (Whitehead) Jones
Becca - I am so sorry for your loss! Gene was a wonderful man and will be missed by all his many friends! My prayers for you and your sons! - Deloris (Johnston) Wells
Becca , I'm sorry to hear of Gene's passing... His pain and suffering are over... In Heaven there is no pain... My prayers , thoughts and love are with you and yours.... - Connie Myers, Colorado
We are sorry to hear of your loss. May God's Love and Peace comfort the Family. Blessing to All. - Ron & Elaine Beedle
Sorry to hear about your loss I know he is resting now and in a more comfortable place blessings to you and your family.Bob and Faye Tucker
Becca & family, I am so sorry to hear of Genes passing. But we know that our loss is Heavens gain. My prayers are with all of you at this sad time. God Bless and comfort you! - Carla Hudson
Deepest sympathy to you and yor family. - Cheryl Hammond
Becca, we are saddened to hear of Gene's passing. May God grant you and your family peace during this difficult time. Love and prayers. - Linda and Elmer Spillars
Gene was a strong and faithful man who dearly loved God and his family. He endured great pain with the constant support and help of his loving wife, Becca. It was a privilege to know them both and be their pastor. He "fought the good fight of faith" and now has taken hold of "the eternal life to which [he was] called" (1 Timothy 6:12). Becca, John and Mark, and your families will remain in our prayers. - Duane and Nora Brush
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Gene was a good man who had suffered a long time. Today he is healed and rejoicing in heaven. Our deepest sympathies to Becca, John and Mark and their families. - David and Millie Penn
Mark and Family, Our hearts are sad and and mourn with you. May God give you a peace that passes all understanding. I remember talking with your dad one time he was visiting at your home and he was a really nice man. I remember he went out of his way to rub some solution on my headlights to remove the foggy film off of the lens while we were inside and I remember thinking, this man has a servants heart. We are praying for you, your mom and rest of family.---Rick & Chris McFarland
Mark, So sorry to hear about your dad. Looking at this hurricane, it will be a miracle to even travel to the services. Nancy & I will light a candle for your safe passage. Warmest Regards, John. - John & Nancy O'Brien
Becca just read of your loss. I am so sorry to see this. Words don't come easy at such a sad time. My condolences to you and your family. - Joan Volkmet
Rebecca, So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. - Karen Mossman
What a Shock, Prayers to all the family. Give Cousin Rebecca Pearl a hug for me. - Terry Michael
Rebecca and Family - I am a classmate of Eugene from the fifth grade up through high school. He was a nice guy and was always friendly to me. I recall visiting with him at some of our MHS Class of '58 reunions and I always enjoyed seeing him. Please accept the sympathy of all his classmates and rest assured a candle will be lit in his honor at our next class reunion in 2018. Wade Martin Morton, IL
We are deeply sadden at the loss of Your Husband, Father and beloved Poppo. Our thoughts and Prayers Go out to you Becca, And family. Gene's kind smile & friendliness will be missed. - Glenn & Deb Rowe
Becca & family. Know that my prayers are with you. - Jan Heaton
To know each of you is to love each of you. What an amazing couple I had the opportunity to meet. I always looked forward to your visits. I loved Mr. Zeigler's stories. His mind was always sharp. And the love as only a wife could demonstrate was manifested in you Mrs. Zeigler. It was amazing to watch the two of you. I know the journey was hard is differing ways for you both, but in the end, you will hear "well done my good and faithful servant". God's love so flowed through each of you. Thank you. - Nurse Jude
Becca, Mark, John and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you; my you be comforted as you mourn. Matthew 5:4 - Steve Montague
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