Official Obituary of

Edward James Zeigler

March 30, 1923 ~ February 26, 2024 (age 100) 100 Years Old

Edward Zeigler Obituary

Edward James Zeigler, 100, of Westminster, Md., passed away  Monday, February 26, 2024 at Diven House in Carroll Lutheran Village. Edward lived a long life.

Ed was born March 30, 1923 in Frederick Md and resided in Hagerstown from infancy through his college years. In 1955 he moved to Ellicott City where he remained until he moved to Carroll Lutheran Village Retirement Community.

He was the son of the late Eda V. and Harry W. Zeigler, who preceded him in death. He married Ruby Jean Raymont in 1949 who preceded him in death in1991. He married Mary Force who proceeded him in death in 1999. His son, Harry R. Zeigler preceded him in death in August 2017 and his step-grandson, Christopher M. Trimper who preceded him in death 2019.

He is survived by his daughter, Carol Jean Brzezinski of Marriottsville Maryland, daughter-in-law Gail Garratt Zeigler of Frankford Delaware, his two grandchildren, Kelly Marquart (Jeff) and Sarah Brzezinski, and his step grandson, Gordon Brooks Trimper (Jeannette). He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, James Marquart, Amy Marquart, step-great-grandchildren Madison Trimper, Grant Trimper, Emma Trimper, Maxwell Trimper, and Sloane Trimper. He is also survived by his sister Virginia Sprankle of Hagerstown, Md. and many nieces and nephews. 

Edward was a 1946 graduate of the University of Maryland and received his B.S. degree in civil engineering.  He was a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and the Phi Mu Fraternity, an Engineering Honor Society. He was president of the Terrapin Trail Club and the Lutheran Club. After graduation he worked for several years doing research work in materials and construction on the College Park campus.   

In 1953 Ed began to work for the consulting engineering firm of Rummel, Klepper and Kahl in Baltimore, as a materials and soil engineer then as the head of the Geotechnical Engineering Department.  He retired in 1988 but continued to work part time as a consultant until 1994.

Ed was actively involved as a Boy Scout Leader for Scout Troop 851 of Ellicott City.  He shared a love of racing sailboats with his son Harry, daughter Carol. He enjoyed recreational sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and throughout the Virgin Islands with his family.  Ed enjoyed gardening, and traveling.  He particularly enjoyed memorable family vacations visiting national parks out west and loved summer vacations in Ocean City, Maryland. Ed lived a long life after almost 101 years old.  

Ed was a longtime active member of First Lutheran Evangelical Church in Ellicott City, where he faithfully served as president of church council, and chairman of numerous committees, most notably of the building committee in which he served from 1984 until 1997. His years of dedication resulted in a new sanctuary, fellowship hall and office wing.  

A memorial service to celebrate Ed’s life will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 11a.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City. The Rev. Mike Louia will officiate. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042 or to The Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration.                 



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March 2, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
First Evangelical Lutheran Church (Ellicott City)

Memorial Service
March 2, 2024

11:00 AM
First Evangelical Lutheran Church (Ellicott City)

Video is available for this event

Interment is private

Mt. Olivet Cemetery
515 S. Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701


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