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Celebration of Life: William Joseph Zeigler, November 12, 1944 – June 16, 2024


William Joseph Zeigler.

William Joseph Zeigler, 79, passed away on June 16. Born on Nov. 12, 1944, in Baltimore, Maryland, to William Joseph Zeigler, Sr. and Margaret Davis, Bill lived a life dedicated to his family, distinguished service to his country and his community. In line with his wishes, no public service will be held.

Bill was a devoted husband, father and brother. He enjoyed 50 wonderful years of marriage with his dear wife, Melang (Pepper). He was immensely proud of his three exceptional children, Mina, Jade and Matthew, who embody his legacy of integrity, kindness and strength. They brought him immense pride and joy. He was also a caring stepfather to Keith. Bill is survived by his cherished wife, his beloved children, his precious grandchildren, his darling great-grandchild and his loving sister, Margaret (Peggy) Zeigler-Nasin.

Bill's distinguished military career began in Vietnam, where he served with the elite Army Special Forces Airborne as part of the Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 124 HALO team. In the Air Force, he excelled in two crucial career fields: within the Maintenance Group (MXG), ensuring aircraft readiness and operational efficiency, and in the Security Forces Squadron (SFS), where he safeguarded personnel, resources and property while enforcing regulations and responding to emergencies. He honorably retired after 21 years of exemplary service. During his military service, he received numerous accolades and awards, including the Air Force Commendation Medal with 10 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Following his military service, Bill continued to serve his country as a Civil Servant. He retired after 20 years as the Chief of Pass and Registration for the 95th Security Forces Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, California and also served as the base's Safety Manager, where he developed safety programs, conducted risk assessments, ensured personnel/operational safety on the base and managed identification and access protocols.

Bill's commitment to his work was matched by his deep faith. A lifelong Roman Catholic, he was actively involved in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in California City, California. Throughout his life, he served his faith in many roles, including as an usher and an Eucharistic Minister.

William Joseph Zeigler was an exceptional individual known for his unwavering dedication to his country, deep faith and remarkable capacity for love and kindness. His qualities made him an incredible husband, father and service member. His memory will continue to shine brightly, and his legacy will remain a guiding light for those who loved him dearly.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Dementia Society of America in honor of Bill's memory and to support those affected by dementia.