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Ralph P. Zeigler, 85, of Churubusco, passed away peacefully in his barn on the Zeigler family farm at 12:48 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011.
Born April 25, 1926, in Smith Township, Whitley County, he was the son of Jessie and Lillie F. (Prough) Zeigler.
A lifetime resident of Whitley County, he graduated from Churubusco High School with the Class of 1945.
On Oct. 5, 1946, he married V. Dolores Nicodemus at First Church of God, Columbia City.
A general farmer, he worked at Newhouser Hatchery, Fort Wayne and Farm Bureau Co-Op, delivering fuel oil for 17 years.
His memberships include Collins United Methodist Church, Farm Bureau for 60 years, Whitley County 4-H and he was a founding member of the 4-County Pony Pulling Association.
His passions in life were his family, antique tractors and ponies.
Survivors include his loving, patient and devoted wife of 65 years, V. Dolores Zeigler of Churubusco; five sons, Mike (Charlene) and Danny (Marcia) Zeigler both of Churubusco, Dale (Joni) and Norm (Cathy) Zeigler both of Fort Wayne, Randall (Mary) Zeigler of Albion; 17 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; four sisters, Betty Crabill of Columbia City, Martha Wappes of Powell, Ohio, Joy Follis of Fort Wayne, Barbara Nicodemus of Columbia City and one brother, Allen (Jeannie) Zeigler of Churubusco.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Ben, John, Lee, Marshall, Clarence, Jay and Don Zeigler and sisters, May Wappes and Gearldine Growcock.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. and on Monday after 9 a.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Grandson Pastor Andy Overly and Pastor Larry Schmoekel officiating.
Burial will follow at Oak Grove (Compton) Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be given in Ralphâ€™s memory to Collins United Methodist Church.
Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.