Rueben Harold Ziegler departed
unexpectedly from this life July 7, 1994. He was born in Bethune on Dec.
11, 1925, to the union of William and Hulda Ziegler. He was the only son
and oldest of five children. Reuben spent his childhood and teen years in
Bethune, graduating from high school in 1943. He was drafted into the
service during World War II, serving in the Navy from January 1944 to February,
1946. Rueben was baptized as an infant, confirmed in May 1942 and united
in holy matrimony to Mary Ellen Belt, Jan 4, 1947, at Immanuel Lutheran Church,
Bethune. To this union were born four children. The family was very
active members of the church and Rueben enjoyed singing in the choir.
In 1954 Rueben moved his wife and children from the farm to
Burlington, where he was an employee of the Co-op grain elevator. A few
months later they moved to Bethune where Rueben was manager of the Co-op grand
elevator. Six months later Reuben and his family made the move to Cheyenne
Wells where he was manage of the first Co-op grain elevator. Rueben moved
to Broomfield in 1977. He married Wilma Klepper in 1980 at the Lutheran
Church of Hope in Broomfield where he has been an active member since.
Rueben retired from Central Motor Power, Denver, in July 1993, after employment
of 15 years. Through the years Reuben was active in many organizations.
He also kept taxes and records for many people. At one time, he owned his
own tax business. Rueben had many talents and interest. He was an
avid coin collector. In recent years he enjoyed collecting Jim Beam
bottles and was a member of the Foothills Jim Beam Club. Rueben also
enjoyed working in his yard and doing various carpentry and electrical work for
himself and family. In past years he also had enjoyed raising quarter
horses for the racetrack.
Rueben was preceded in death
by his parents, William and Hulda Ziegler, and sister Narieta Hines. He
leaves to mourn his passing; Wilma his beloved wife of 14 years; four
children from his first marriage, Sandra (Larry) Bennett of Pueblo; Rodney
(Mary) Ziegler of Cheyenne Wells; Jackie (Ed) Garrett of San Angelo, Tex.;
Stuart (Amy) Ziegler of Cheyenne Wells; 10 grandchildren, and four
great-grandchildren, 3 stepchildren Dennis (Kay) Klepper of San Antonio, Tex.;
Cassadra (Danny) Dickey of Cheyenne Wells; Sharon (Mark) Bretz of Northglenn; 9
Step grand children and 5 step great-grandchildren; 3 sisters; Leona (Lee)
Weisshaar of Burlington; Ella (Eugene) Pearson, Millville, Del.; Gladys (Bud)
Cremation at this request with
internment in Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery next to his parents.
Committal services were held Tuesday, July 12, 1994, 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel
Lutheran Church, Bethune. Memorial services were help Thursday, July 14,
1994, 2 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of Hope, Broomfield.