Bruce E. Ziegler

Born: Tue., Aug. 12, 1924
Died: Sun., May 26, 2019

Family to do services at later date

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Bruce E. Ziegler, 94, of Tidioute,  Pennsylvania, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2019 at his home.  He was born August 12, 1924 to the late Leroy C. Ziegler and Daisy Gesin Ziegler of Queen, Forest County, Pennsylvania.  He graduated from Hickory Township High School in Endeavor, Pennsylvania and earned a BS in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State after serving in the Army during WWII.

He enlisted in 1941 and was assigned to the Army Special Training Program at Colorado School of Mines and in 1944 was transferred to the 66th Infantry Division.  There he began a 75 year friendship with his Company I, 262nd Regiment assistant Mortarman Kermit Schwartz, Canandaigua, NY.  Bruce and Kermit survived the English Channel torpedo sinking of the SS Leopoldville on Christmas Eve 1944, being awarded the Purple Heart then served in Europe until the end of the war.   After the war, he was a farmer and a Rural Mail Carrier then began employment with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as the 1st Oil and Gas inspector and retired in 1978 as Chief of the Bureau of Mines, Oil and Gas division.  He then operated independent oil leases for 40+ years.  

Bruce married Annis Rae Hall on September 3, 1949 in Endeavor, Pennsylvania who preceded him in death on December 21, 2015.  During their 66 year marriage they worked together on their farm, Christmas tree lot, oil lease, building camps, selling lots and enjoyed many miles of travel on family vacations and later acquiring items for their Simpler Times Museum. For more than 50 years he was a Olive Temple Masonic Lodge member and Registered Surveyor.

Besides his parents and wife, a brother Jean "Skip" Ziegler preceded him in death.  He is survived by three sons: Edward (Rini) of Houston, Texas; John (Carol) and James (Kristie) of Tidioute and by three daughters: Sally (Edward) Cottrell of Timberlake, North Carolina;  Becky (Lonnie) Styles of Windber, Pennsylvania and Beth (Jeff ) Wagner of Tidioute; ten grandchildren: Christina Jackson, Claudia Acemyan, Danielle Baldauff of Texas; Adam and Matthew Cottrell of North Carolina; Jennifer Nuttall, Bob, Katelyn and Mike Ziegler of Tidioute, Kara Cartwright of Maryland; eleven great-grandchildren and brother James R. Ziegler of Escondido, California.

Also surviving are a sister-in-law Nancy (Paul) Eck of Tionesta, Pennsylvania and brother-in-law Alton (Susan) Hall, Jr. of Endeavor, Pennsylvania and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 6, at the Endeavor Presbyterian Church, 17402 Route 666, Endeavor, PA 16322, at 12:30pm with the lay pastor, Roger Snyder. Visitation will follow from 1:30-4pm across the street from the church at the Endeavor Senior Center.

Bruce was a lifelong supporter of the Tidioute Volunteer Fire Department, 224 Main Street, Tidioute, Pennsylvania 16351 and the Tidioute First Presbyterian Church, 196 Main Street, Tidioute, PA 16351 and the family suggests any memorial contributions be made to these organizations.

The Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, in Youngsville, have been entrusted with all arrangements. Condolences to the family may be made at

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Ashley Andruss
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
My sincerest condolences to the Ziegler family.
Ashley Andruss

Eve Ziegler Smyth
   Posted Thu May 30, 2019
I’m very sorry for your loss. I remember Uncle Bruce as a kind and gentle man. I’m only sorry i wasn’t near enough to know him better. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Diane and Tom Jamieson
   Posted Thu May 30, 2019
Tom and I would like to wish you our sincerest condolences on the passing of your Dad. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May the many memories your family and friends share help you through this difficult time. God Bless.

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