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Ron Zieger

Ron Zieger

Perry was born in Kansas on August 18, 1948.  He passed August 4, 1980, aged 32.  His last known residence was in Shawnee, Kansas, Johnson County, Kansas. He is buried at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri.  He is buried with his sister Susan Zieger Shivers. The top part of his tombstone reads 'Loving Brother.'

Perry Ron Zieger--Posted in the Shawnee Journal Herald, August 6, 1980

31, 8819 West 79th St, Overland Park, died Monday, August 4 at St Luke's Hospital.  He was born in Kansas City, Missouri and had lived in Overland Park for nine years.  He worked as a self employed lawn mower repairman.  He was a mechanical engineering graduate of Kansas State University in 1971 and belonged to the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.  He was vice president of the local  Kansas chapter of the National Federation of the Blind.  He leaves his wife, Marlene J. Zieger, of the home, his parents, W. Dwight and Elma Zieger of Overland Park; and a sister, Susan Shivers, of Overland Park.  Services will be Thursday, August 7 at the Amos Chapel; cremation.

Provided by Karen Lyerla

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05/22/16 09:12 PM #1    

Karen Lyerla




05/23/16 12:22 PM #2    

Jim Land

Ron was a good guy, lived aceoss from Hoagland. He was a diabetic type one and probably "brittle. RIP


05/23/16 12:50 PM #3    

Carol Cavagnol (Sullivan)

Ron was such a nice guy...sorry that he left this earth as such a young age...crying

05/23/16 08:44 PM #4    

Bob Thompson

Perry didn't quite make it to 32.  So sad...

05/24/16 08:15 AM #5    

Steve Carlson

We used to play football and baseball in his back field alternating with Joe Hoagland's field (donkey and all!).  Funny, I remember him as "Ziegler".  His diabetes was very severe but he never really let it stop him from anything.

05/25/16 11:11 PM #6    

Jim Bloomer

I don't think we ever knew Ronnie's first name was Perry. He was always Ronnie or Ron to those of us that played ball in the field behind his house. We used to play '500" for hours. Someone would hit fly balls to the rest of us. If you caught one, you got 100 points. If it hit the ground and you picked it up while it was rolling, you got 50 points. The first one to 500 got to bat and hit balls to the others. That's how we learned to catch and throw. Ron was a great guy, but his diabetes made him very fragile. He used to give himself insulin shots. RIP old friend.

05/27/16 11:11 AM #7    

Jerry Kopke

Yep.  It was Ron or Zieg.  His dad would call him Perrywinkle.  Ron was unknowingly responsible for a great unintended gift.  In fifth grade he was offered the tuba by the Antioch band teacher, Mr. Waitland.  Possessing good judgement, he opted for the clarinet.  I was thus offered that big, loud somewhat musical instrument and provided the gift of being allowed to play great music under Mr. Ayden’s and Mr. Dr. Circle.   Having Zieg as a friend was also a gift.  As mentioned by Jim and Steve, the field behind Zieg’s house was a gathering place for football, baseball, and anything else that might come up.  A call would go out and kids from all over the neighborhood would show up.  The games would be somewhat free form:  Guys would come and go as schedules would permit.  Waiting to bat, we would congregate on top of the woodshed/backstop.  Growing up Zieg was one of the most interesting guys I knew.  He had tools!  He had a socket set! Worked on bicycles, a doodlebug, and lawnmowers.  Explored the wilds of Antioch Park, dug for fossils around the pond next to the Antioch Cemetery, and went on expeditions to the new SM Park.  Fond memories the summer after graduation, lying on the hood of his corvair (my nash metro was too small) pondering the mysteries of the universe and the female mind.  A great friend.  I’ll write more in another post. 

11/11/16 09:54 AM #8    

Jerry Kopke

Ron died in 1980 following complications from the juvenile diabetes he had always lived with.  After graduation from SMW, Ron went to KSU, graduated with an MS in mechanical engineering, Married Marlene Brinker and moved back to Overland Park.  They had a home on 79th (with a field out back). A couple of years after working as an engineer, the effects of diabetes started taking their toll, first with the loss of sight in one eye and then both.  Several years later he started experiencing problems with his kidneys and began dialysis.  Throughout all these difficulties, he approached life with optimism and a great sense of humor.  He always loved a challenge, whether spray painting his car by touch or changing brake shoes (with a spring ricocheting off the concrete), every day was approached as an opportunity to try something new.   We drove Marlene nuts with our silly stories of growing up and doing stupid stuff.  He’s missed.  The memories are all good.

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