Ralph Warren Ziegler

MOUNT HOREB – Ralph Warren Ziegler, age 88, of Mount Horeb, WI, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 29, 2023, surrounded by his loving family.

Ralph was born on May 19, 1935, in Chicago, IL, the son of Louis and Annette (Edison) Ziegler. He moved to Lake Wisconsin at the age of 15. Ralph attended Poynette High School where he played football, basketball, and baseball, lettering in all sports. He married Shirley (Hackbart) Ziegler and had three children, Laurie, Jeff, and Kim. Ralph started working by selling vacuum cleaners and later entered the food brokerage industry co-owning his own brokerage company at the end of his career.

Ralph was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He also loved sports, playing home talent baseball, softball, and curling. He lived in Eagle River, WI, for many years with his wife, Sue Ziegler and step-daughter, Kari (Dan) Welzien. Ralph was an elder at Good Shepard Lutheran Church and spent many days fishing for muskies at their lake house. He spent his last days happy and content with his lady, Joan. 

He is survived by his sister, Marilyn (Ziegler) Caringella; children, Laurel (Patrick) Bower, Jeffrey (Cindy) Ziegler, and Kim (Rafael) Lopez; grandchildren, Jenifer, Jason, Jesse, Megan, Christopher, Alexxe, Tiffany, and Sarah; great-grandchildren, Lillie, Oliver, Bradley, Ariel, Aubrey, Annette, Elodie, Minnie and Jaxson; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Annette (Edison) Ziegler; father, Louis Ziegler, Sr.; and brother, Louis A. Ziegler, Jr.  

A memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m. at Pflanz Mendrala Funeral Home in Poynette, WI, on Friday, November 3, 2023. Inurnment will be private. Visitation will be at the funeral home in Poynette from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday.

The family would like to thank the staff at Ingleside Manor for their care and support.

Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Poynette is assisting the family.