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.
Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.