TISKILWA — John Stephen “Steve” Ziegler, 62, of Tiskilwa passed away at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Kewanee Care Home as the result of complications of a massive stroke he suffered April 13, 2013, at his home.
He was born Oct. 11, 1950, in Princeton to Howard F. and Carolyn I. (Allen) Ziegler Sr. and lived his entire life on the same farm in rural Tiskilwa.
He was a 1968 graduate of Tiskilwa High School. He was of the Protestant faith and served a six-year hitch with the Army Reserve Unit based in Princeton, beginning in 1969, achieving the rank of drill sergeant.
He married Addie Kathleen “Kathy” Canary of Chillicothe July 29, 1978, and she survives in Tiskilwa. They would have celebrated their 35th anniversary this year.
He is survived by two sons, Jonathan Luke Ziegler of Tiskilwa and Jacob Paul Ziegler of Peoria. Survivors also include two brothers, Howard (Cathy) Ziegler Jr. of Carbondale and Craig Ziegler of Tiskilwa; a nephew, Chad Heilstedt of Henry; and a special aunt, Ruth Ziegler of Tiskilwa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and several aunts and uncles.
He grew up with a determined work ethic and always had more work planned ahead of him than a normal man ever had time for. He farmed the home place until retiring in 1997, was a farrier into the 1990s, having taken instruction with Oklahoma State Horse Shoeing School, roasted whole hogs for wedding receptions and family gatherings in the local area for a number of years, and enjoyed hunting raccoons behind a couple of hounds in his "spare time." He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed all varieties of hunting, including morels every spring. He was the resident butcher for Marshall-Putnam Locker for many years before purchasing the establishment in 1993. He then worked in the meat department of Sullivan's supermarket in Princeton before retiring in 2011.
He was a member of the former Bureau County Sheriff’s Posse and the Bradford Saddle Club.
Per his wishes, his body has been donated to science and cremation rites will be accorded with burial in Mount Bloom in Tiskilwa at a later date. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tiskilwa Community Church with a celebration of his life following until 1 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to his family.
The Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements.