Donald Zeigler
Date of Death - July 10, 2012
Donald “DJ” Zeigler 67, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Don was born to the late Harry and Josephine (Sweet) Zeigler in Fostoria, Ohio. He was a graduate of Westwood High School and married Nancy (Eschedor) Zeigler October 14, 1967 in Bowling Green and she survives. From 1977 until his retirement in 2002, he was owner/operator of Azor Trucking Company, North Baltimore, Ohio. “Big Don” is survived by his four sons: Dennis (Sarah), Bloomdale; Dean (Jodi), Bowling Green; Daniel (Heidi), Wayne; and Donald (Melissa) Zeigler, Wayne; his grandchildren: Cole, Wyatt, Grace, Tate, Ryken, Kenna, Jake, & Delaney; three sisters: Ruth Ann (Bob) Green, Weston; Sandy (Doug) Kerr, Rudolph; and Mary Lou Folk of North Baltimore. He will also be greatly missed by his horses, Crow & Joey. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister, Ardah. For many years he was 4-H T-Bones Advisor. He enjoyed raising livestock, gardening, crafting knives, reloading gun shells, hunting, NASCAR, archery in Findlay, and enjoyed coaching little league. He served as Portage PTO President, treasurer of his bowling league, and the Elmwood Athletic Boosters. He also competed in Team Penning and he was a member of the Northwest Ohio Team Penning. He was a member of the Wood County Woodworkers and enjoyed crafting many wooden projects for his family: Christmas yard decorations, puzzles, toy chests crafted as barns & doll houses for his grandchildren, jewelry boxes for his daughter-in-laws, and most recently a helmet case for the local firemen. He will be greatly missed. Visitation will be Friday, July 13, 2012 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM & 6:00 - 8:00 PM in the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460 W. Wooster St., PO Box 648, Bowling Green, OH 43402 Tele: 419/352-2171. A Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM in the Remembrance Chapel of the funeral home. Per “Big Don's” request, anyone attending may dress casual. Memorial contributions may be gifted in Don's honor to the funeral home for the family's discretion. On-line condolences, as well as fond memories, may be shared at


Vesta Patton

Nancy and family, I am so terribly sorry to see of Don's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Lean on each other and stay strong.

Charlotte and Rick Howard

Nancy and boys, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Terry Barnhisel

To the family of Don, I knew Don for a short time but in that time he touched my heart, what a great man! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May his memory live on in all of you. You all have my deepest sympathy. Terry Barnhisel(Bowling Green Manor)

Mike & Karen King

Please know our prayers go out to you during this very difficult time. We will forever remember Don for his wonderful story telling and jokes. What a pleasure it has been to know him. What a loving husband, father & friend. Keep your memories close and know your friends are here.

Julie Fletcher

Missy and family, So sorry to hear about your loss. May he be free flying with the angels above. God Bless all of you at this difficult time. Julie Fletcher(aka Tara's mom)

Mike and Amy Betz

Sending our thoughts, prayers and love out to each and every one of you. You were blessed to have such a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and he in turn was blessed by each one of you. We hope you take comfort in your memories and in knowing that Don is at peace and in a better place. GOD bless.

Chris & Mandy Camden

Zeigler Family: So sorry for your loss of Big Don. Lots of fond memories....what a great man! You're all in our thoughts and prayers.

Judy and Ron Kelly

Nancy and Families, Our hearts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you find peace that he is in a better place. Sending all our love, Ron and Judy Kelly

Alicia (Hartman) Saam

Dean, Donnie and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Your Dad was a great man and always put a smile on my face when I seen him. I always enjoyed seeing you boys at the Horse Shows and Bowling Alley. Please take care and know he is not suffering anymore. Alicia

Scott and Sharon Pahl

The Zeigler Family, Please know our prayers are with you all. We will remember Don with a smile and a kind heart. He was always so kind to our Ashley. May God give you strength and peace.

Laura Cameron

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will always remember Don and the entire family for welcoming myself and friends to take part in your hobby, Team Penning. I will never forget those times. May God give you all peace.

Jim and Carol Graham and family

Sorry to hear about Don's passing. I have a lot of good memories of working with him, hunting with him and the boys, and bringing his little buddy(Kati) who is not little anymore over to Azor to hang out with him. We will truly miss him!

mary rawlins

My thoughts and prayers to all the family. Don rest in peace,

Rita Koepfer

Life is precious and Don lived his to the fullest. May he bring all of you peace and pleasant memories. Rita & Bill Koepfer

Sharon Drain

Dear Nancy and Family, Sandy, "Toot", Ruth Ann & Families, My heart aches for all of you. May God be with you during this most difficult time. Know you are and will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Donnie was "one of a kind" and we thought the world of him. He truly will be missed!!

Marcia Naugle

Oh, Nancy, my heart breaks for you. I pray that your precious memories will sustain you. I will always remember your and Don's advice to me as a snot nosed college kid. He was very much like a big brother/second Dad and you a big sis/second Mom to me at a time when I was at loose ends. Will always love both of you for that!


Nancy and Family: My first year at Elmwood I had Denny as a student, and he was one of my favorites. Then I had Dean and then Danny an Donnie, and they were three of my favorites. Why were they my favorites? Well, that answer is simple. They were raised by two wonderful parents. Nancy, I met you and Don in my first year of teaching and we developed a strong friendship by spending a lot of time at sporting events together. I had the pleasure of meeting Grandma and Grandpa Eschedor and Vickie as well. I want you to know that I love you all very much. You are a very special family, and I will always count you as some of the important people in my life. Don hugged me every time he saw me, so I am sending him XXOOs up to Heaven.

Deb & Paz Obregon

Please accept our deepest sympathy. Don will be missed by so many. His kindness has touched many hearts.

Shawn Loera

Nancy and all the rest of the family, I am so sorry about Big Don. I have so many memories of him and all of you. He was a great man and I am so honered to of known him. My heart ggoes out to all of you and just remember if you need anything dont hesitate to call.

Elaine Williams Lyons

You have my deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Elaine

The Wisemans

Dear Zeiglers, there just arent any words to express our sorrow. Our hearts go out to each of you. Don was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. May God bless all of you and comfort you in the days ahead. We are always here for you. Love you, Moose, Missy, David & Nicholas

Doug & Julie Wulff

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time, very sorry for your loss

Teresa Lorenzen

I was so sorry to hear of your familys loss. I worked with Don at both The Hayden Co. and at Azor Trucking. I also babysat with the boys when they were young. My heart is heavy for you all. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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