ROBERT B ZIEGLER
January 6, 1945 – January 1, 2020
Robert Benton Ziegler passed away on January 1, 2020. Bob was born on January 6, 1945 to Bill and Maude Ziegler. All of his homes were within a 1/4 mile of each other his whole life in Ruch, OR. He graduated from Medford High School in 1963 and married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Baker on June 13, 1964 who passed away on June 4, 1999. Bob did a lot of work in his teens on the ranches around the valley. After high school he went to work for Hydraulic Service & Supply for 7 months. Then he went to work for West Main Rental for 9 years, then he started getting paid from Medford Manufacturing. In 1974, Eric Root and Bob bought Medford Manufacturing and about 2 years later he bought Eric out and retired from his welding shop after 31 years in 2007. Bob also volunteered with the Applegate Valley Fire Dept. for 36 years. He started out at the top as a battalion Chief and stepped down from that position in 2012, but he continued to volunteer as a OPS member until his retirement in 2016. In March of 2004, Bob was introduced by his parent-in-laws to Debbie Holden and they married on September 11, 2004. Bob's hobby was farming. He enjoyed cutting firewood and his passion was being a passenger in a helicopter and even getting to fly it once! Bob is survived his wife Debbie, his sons Sheldon (Evie) of Ruch, OR, John (Natalie) of Medford, OR, Timothy Holden (Jenny) of Grants Pass, OR and Danny Holden (Marlena) of Vancouver, WA. He also has 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Mary Ann, and their grandson Joseph Ziegler. A memorial service will be held at AVFD Training Building, 1095 Upper Applegate Rd, Jacksonville, OR on Saturday January 18, 2020 at 2pm. In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to Applegate Valley Fire Association, 1095 Upper Applegate Rd, Jacksonville, OR 97530 or to the Asante Foundation, 209 N. Pacific Hwy, Talent, OR 97540.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, January 18, 2020
ROBERT B ZIEGLER
January 20, 2020
It was so wonderful to see how many people Bobbie, as I knew him, has touched over the years. I hauled hay with him when I lived up Star Gulch, but after high school I joined the military and moved away. I don't think you ever really leave someplace or someone that has come into your life. Such as it is with Bobbie. No matter where I was in the world or this country my mind always came back to the Applegate Valley and the people there. RIP in peace Bobbie, your work in this world is done and done quite well. We have the watch.
January 13, 2020
Mr. Ziegler was a hard working man . Would see him back in the day on oak grove rd welding things for everyone and all kinds of things. When I would see him he would smile and say hi. Would see him at the little restaurant by Thunderbird around lunch time.heaven has taking another dad, grandpa, husband. R.i.p
Gary and Ginny Noffsinger
January 11, 2020
Bob was a devoted firefighter, a good friend and neighbor, always willing to lend his services. We remember him with great respect, and fond, farm memories of his faithful friend, Jelly Bean, by his side. Rest well, Bob.