Kenneth Ziegler Parents
BORN: Sep 3, 1923, Connersville, IN
MARRIED: Dec 20, 1945 (D)
SPOUSE: Rose Ellen Schlichte
DIED: Sep 3, 1923
Rhea Suzanne Ziegler
Renee Ann Ziegler
My grandmother and Ken were first cousins. Most of my branch of the family is gone now. So it is with the deepest respect I offer you these memories.
I have such fond memories of Ken! When I was school age I always went to the Reunion in Connersville with my Grandmother Faye Kumkoski and my Aunt Margie Castetter who was her youngest sister. Ken and his brother (I think Norbert maybe) were always there and took particular joy along with my Aunt Margie in driving my Grandmother nuts. They would harmlessly flirt with Aunt Margie and of course she was in on the game too and gave it right back! My Grandmother prided herself on being very ‘proper’ and so they could not resist a chance to get a dig in. And Ken was always such a handsome man; so genuinely personable. To a little girl he was bigger than life.
I loved to sit and listen as they told stories of past reunions and get togethers. Of people then long gone; creating pictures as vivid to me as if I was there. Of Aunt Mag’s (Holtleiter) great cooking, Aunt Bena’s (Lanane) larger than life smiles and hugs, and the fun and tricks played on each other and the other cousins. It was obvious when they were kids, it was a common thing to be together. And the boys were particularly creative when it came to mischief! I think it’s easy for us to forget our parents and grandparents were kids themselves once. And kids they were; up to the very end.
I remember one year in Connersville Ken gave my son (Scott was maybe 10 then; he’s 30 now) a model airplane he had in his car. He told Scott this was a model of the plane he test flew. Scott still has that plane today.
Ken was among the last of that great generation within our family. He has been and will be missed until we are all together again with our Father in heaven.