OBITUARY

Kevin John Ziese

November 15, 1957February 19, 2017
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Captain Kevin J. Ziese, USAF Retired, 59, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at his home in Dripping Springs. He was born in Selden, Long Island, New York on November 15, 1957 to Russell A. Ziese and Joan Catherine Clark. He graduated with honors from Newfield High School in 1974 and entered the Air Force in 1975. After completing his training he was assigned to Wilford Hall Medical Center as a Laboratory Specialist. He ultimately achieved the rank of Captain on April 21, 1991 and retired on September 1, 1997. His decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak cluster, the Good Conduct Medal with two leaf clusters, the National Defense Medal, the National Security Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. He served as a UN Peacekeeping NATO Inspector to Iraq in the 90's looking for weapons of mass destruction and was also a survivor of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. Kevin ended his career (military and civilian) as a Computer Forensic Scientist/Engineer. He was also a founder of The Wheelgroup Corporation, which was acquired by Cisco Systems in 1998; he also held 5 patents for his work at Cisco in Computers. Surviving him are his loving wife, Christine Ann Ziese and daughter, Christine Catherine Ziese both of Dripping Springs; and his beloved pets.

Public Visitation will begin 5:00 PM Tuesday at Zoeller Funeral Home with a Vigil Service and Rosary to be held at 7:00 PM. A Committal Service with full military honors will be held 9:45 AM Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Zoeller Funeral Home, New Braunfels, TX.

Services

  • Public Visitation Tuesday, February 28, 2017
  • Vigil Service & Rosary Tuesday, February 28, 2017
  • Committal Service Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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Vicki Irwin

June 20, 2017

Kevin, you were one of my very best friends. You were an amazing special person who can never be replaced. I will never forget you. I can't thank you enough for your kindness, mentoring and friendship. You are missed more than I can ever express.

Steve Purnell

March 25, 2017

Tonight I wondered where some of my Honolulu friends were. I looked up Kevin and am so sad to learn of his early death. My heartfelt condolences to his wife and child who I met occasionally. I wanted to contact a mutual friend, Dana Park, and was saddened again to find out that Dana passed in California about one week later. Both these guys were always generous with their time and teaching skills. I will continue to miss them as I'm sure all their friends and family will.

Linda Eisel

March 4, 2017

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Kevin, I always thought of you as the guy who knew everything. A guy who was a math and computer genius but still had the best personality and knowledge about everything else. I am shocked and at a loss. The memories of you will have to hold me at this time. Chris, I am so sad and thinking of you so much at this time.

Kim Corcoran

March 3, 2017

Though I hadn't spoken to Kevin in 20 years, I feel this loss sharply. We served together in the late 80s, and I remember his bright blue eyes, quick smile and positive attitude as if it were yesterday. Kevin was one in a million... an incredibly brilliant man who totally and resiliantly perservered, and pulled himself up by his bootstraps more than once. No one loved his wife and daughter more than he did! The world is diminished with his loss.

March 2, 2017

Kevin, I always thought of you as the guy who knew everything. A guy who was a math and computer genius but still had the best personality and knowledge about everything else. I am shocked and at a loss. The memories of you will have to hold me at this time. Chris, I am so sad and thinking of you so much at this time.

Deb F

March 2, 2017

Kevin, you gave so much talent and dedication to the cause of helping make the country a safer place. I am glad to have known you. My sympathies to your family.

Scott Waddell

February 27, 2017

Kevin is gone way too soon. It was my great honor and privilege to call him mentor, colleague, and friend in our time together in the US Air Force, at WheelGroup, Cisco, and beyond. His good humor, infectious spirit, and drive for success drew people to him. We are all the better for having known him. God speed, my dear friend. And may God bless his family with peace and healing.

Scott Waddell

February 27, 2017

Ziggy Shanklin

February 24, 2017

Kevin, I always enjoyed your quick wit and sense of humor. I enjoyed working with you. God Bless You and Your Family...zig

FROM THE FAMILY