|Birth: ||Jul. 1, 1924|
|Death: ||Jan. 11, 2001|
ARMY AIR CORPS - WORLD WAR II
AIR FORCE RESERVES
Funeral services for Roland Scaife Zeigler Jr., 76, will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Grace Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Don Shepherd, former pastor, and the Rev. Connie Nieto, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in Plainview Memorial Park by Wood-Dunning Funeral Home.
Mr. Zeigler died of natural causes Thursday afternoon, Jan. 11, 2001, at his residence.
He was born July 1, 1924, in Plainview, the son of Plainview grocer Roland Scaife Zeigler Sr. and Plainview teacher Mildred Poole Zeigler.
The Zeiglers were descendents of Swiss groceryman John P. Zeigler, who emigrated to Mobile, Ala., in 1812 later settling in northern Louisiana and later in Jefferson, Texas.
In 1941, Zeigler graduated from Plainview High School as class valedictorian. He enrolled in Texas A&M and after the outbreak of World War II, he joined the Army Air Corps as a flight cadet. Upon graduation from flight training he was commissioned as an officer and served as a pilot, flight instructor and B-29 co-pilot.
On Oct. 8, 1944, he married Frances Sophronia Crowther at Williams Army Airfield in Chandler, Ariz. She died Aug. 11, 1999.
Following the war, Zeigler returned to Texas A&M University and completed a bachelor of science degree program in aeronautical engineering. After graduation, he joined Consolidated Aircraft in Fort Worth and worked on the production of the B-36 bomber. He attained the rank of major prior to his retirement from the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
In 1948, the Zeiglers moved back to Plainview where he joined his father in a family business. He managed College Drug and the Rainbow Room restaurant before he and his wife established his own business, The Camera Shop, a camera and photofinishing business, in 1950. The Zeiglers operated the photography, record and electronics store until his retirement in the early 1980s.
He was active in the property rental business and was a longtime civic leader in Plainview. He helped establish the city´s first United Fund, served on the Wayland Baptist University Board of Development, helped organize the Plainview Camera Club and was a longtime member of the Chamber of Commerce.
He was a former Optimist International lieutenant governor, past president of the Plainview Noon Optimist Club and was a Rotarian and member of the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students.
He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and was a longtime Clerk of the Session.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Gordon and Leah Zeigler of Plainview; a daughter, Susan Blackerby of Plainview; a sister, Betty Cartwright of Lewisville; and three grandchildren, Matthew Dale Blackerby and Erin Elisabeth and Kathryn Marie Zeigler, all of Plainview.
Pallbearers will be Bill Weaks, Lloyd Woods, Geoff Wells, Bob Sears, Luther Bain and Gayle Thompson.
Plainview Daily Herald - Jan. 14, 2001
Roland Scaife Zeigler (1899 - 1964)
Mildred Poole Zeigler (1898 - 1987)
Frances Sophronia Crowther Zeigler (1924 - 1999)*
Plainview Memorial Park
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Record added: Feb 14, 2007
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