Eugene Benjamin Ziegler (Gene) was born in Pontiac, Michigan on September 25, 1936 to Bill and Verna Ziegler. Gene passed away on April 16, 2021 in Grand Rapids at the age of 84. Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 at Hunters Creek Community Church (2471 Metamora Rd., Lapeer), with Joel Caminiti officiating. Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Hunters Creek Community Church. Gene was born and raised in the Pontiac area before attending college at Lawrence Tech, where he studied architecture. He married Jane in 1967 in Elkhart, Indiana where Jane grew up. He later moved from Waterford with his wife and kids to a farm in Lapeer, Michigan where they lived for 39 years before Gene and Jane moved to West Michigan. He enjoyed sailing, train trips, bluegrass music, and visiting Frank Lloyd Wright homes. Gene was a member of Hunters Creek Community Church in Lapeer for 39 years, where he served as Sunday School teacher and deacon, and was also active in various church committees. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Verna, and his brother, Jerry, who passed away two years ago at the age of 80. He is survived by his wife Jane and his four children, Jon (Cynthia), David (Julie), Aaron (Stacey) and Janie Stevens (Phil), and his 10 grandchildren. Memorials may be given to Hunters Creek Community Church.
Our sympathy to Jane and the family of our friend, Gene. We are thankful for the time to have known Gene and worshipped with he and Jane at Northview in Grand Rapids. Our prayers for God’s grace and strength in this time of grieving and healing. Phil. 1:6
- Larry and Pat Groat
Gene was a colleague and good friend of my husband’s for many years. I remember fondly the time my husband and I spent in Gene and Jane’s company- often involving the sharing of a meal or attending church together, and even dinner aboard our pontoon boat one summer evening. Gene’s love for his family and the outdoors were apparent through his stories and the enthusiasm in which he told them. Also apparent was Gene’s love of Christ. This was especially significant to my husband and I, who as a newly married couple struggled to adjust. With an ever-patient listening ear and commitment to helping us resolve our challenges in a Christ-honoring and loving way, Gene’s response was a testimony to his faith. While our contact in recent years has been mostly through Christmas cards, as the miles between us have grown, I am grateful to have known Gene.
- Marcie Rogers
Gene was such a blessing to me and my family. Gene was quiet and soft spoken, and extremely gracious. Gene choose joy in how he went about life. All in all, it was obvious that Jesus mattered to Gene and that determined the kind of husband, dad, grandpa a friend he was. So grateful he’s with Jesus
- Joel Caminiti