Walter E. Ziegler Jr.

Nov 2, 1947 - May 29, 2013


Walter E. Ziegler Jr., 65, of Sandusky, passed away late Wednesday evening, May 29, 2013.

He was born Nov. 2, 1947, in Sandusky, son of the late Walter and Anne (Jones) Ziegler. He was a 1966 graduate of Perkins High School and a 1970 graduate of Ohio University with a degree in journalism. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Wally loved the game of golf, playing year round at area courses. He passed his playing ability test July 29, 1983, to become a PGA Professional.

Wally was a member of Elks Lodge 285, of Sandusky. He inspired area youth as a mentor in several local schools.

Wally was previously employed by Bettcher Industries, Lorain Country Club as PGA Head Golf Professional, P.C. Campana, Source One, and most recently Kalahari Resorts.  

Wally is survived by his wife of 38 years, Carol (Trueman) Ziegler; his children, Elizabeth, of Orlando, Fla., and Andrew of Louisville, Ky.; his sister, Marsha (Rob) Gerding, of Port Clinton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call 2-6 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 3, conducted by the Rev. Jeffrey Sikorski at St. Peter Catholic Church, 430 Main St., Huron. Pastor Jeff Sherman will deliver the eulogy. Burial will take place in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.

Memorial contributions may be directed to a fund set up to carry out Wally's dream of working with youth in Sandusky City Schools, in care of Pastor Jeff Sherman, PO Box 1529, Sandusky, OH 44871-1529, or the Kentucky Golf Foundation c/o Golf House Kentucky, 1116 Elmore Just Drive, Louisville, KY 40245 to benefit golf charities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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Wally is such a great friend to many people, he will truly be missed. He was doing such a great job with mentoring young people. Thank you to Sandusky Schools for letting him work with your students. Wally loved his family, he was very loyal to his friends and a great golfer. We will miss you old friend.
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Sandusky Middle School Boys Sandusky Middle School boys were honored with a visit from local minister Jeff Sherman. The 7th and 8th grade boys were quite intruiged by the realistic talk about "potential" and "making good decisions." Minister Sherman shared how he achieved his true potential. His real-life journey, with similar trials and tribulations as many of the boys in the SMS population, had the boys listening attentively. Many thanks to Minister Sherman and Wally Ziegler for taking the time to work with and care about our young men!!
Wally was an amazing man and touched many of the students life! I know my brother and a few of his friends are truly upset with the loss of this man in there life's but he will be looking down on them as they walk across the stage Sunday graduating