John E. Ziegler, 89, sales manager, veteran

January 22, 2003

John E. Ziegler, a retired sales manager and World War II veteran who was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge, died of heart failure Jan. 15 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. He was 89 and a former resident of Baltimore's Ednor Gardens neighborhood.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Ziegler was a 1930 graduate of City College. During World War II, he served as a tank driver with the 53rd Tank Battalion of Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army.

During the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, Mr. Ziegler was wounded after his tank was hit by enemy fire.

"He never was awarded a Purple Heart and what happened during the war was something he never talked about," said a stepson, Kenneth Wilson of Ocean City.

He was a lifelong member of the Disabled American Veterans.

After World War II, Mr. Ziegler joined Dixie Cup Corp. as a salesman, and held managerial positions in the mid-Atlantic region and California. He left the company in the 1960s and later worked in Richmond, Va., in furniture sales. He retired in 1975.

He enjoyed gardening and fishing, and was an Orioles fan.

Services were held Saturday.

Other survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Florence Lee; three granddaughters; and six great-grandchildren.

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