Michael Harry Zeigler

Michael Harry Zeigler, 74, went home to be with our Heavenly Father on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at his home.

The son of the late Myron Beryl and Margaret Marie (Grubrich) Zeigler of LaPlata, Missouri, he was born on October 29, 1946 in Kirksville, Missouri.

Mike was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart Martha Helen Ratliff on April 8, 1966 at the Bethel Community Church. Mike and Martha lived a love-filled life for their fifty-nine years together. Out of their marriage was born one daughter.

Surviving are his loving wife, Martha, daughter, Julie Sykes and husband Kevin of LaPlata, MO, grandchildren, Chloe and James Mayhew, Sidney and Tanner Smith, Zane Sykes, and one great-grandson, JT Mayhew. He is also survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Pam Zeigler of LaPlata, MO, one nephew, Chad Zeigler, sister-in-law, Loreen Ratliff, and brother-in-law, Roger Ratliff and wife Carolyn.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Kay Ratliff.

Mike was a graduate from Kirksville High School. From 1964 to 1970, Mike served in the Army National Guard. Mike worked as a carpenter foreman for Ron Reed Construction and later for Sparks Construction Company of Kirksville.

Mike attended Bethel Community Church for nearly sixty years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who appreciated nature. He was a true outdoorsman who loved spending Sunday afternoons walking the creeks of his property searching for arrowheads. He loved caring for his cattle herd and found joy in making a deal to trade for a new pick-up. Mike took pride in his work which included many local buildings such as the Gutensohn Clinic, the Kirksville MFA grain elevator and many of the buildings and memorials at Truman State University to name a few. Mike loved playing poker with his family while listening to Country Gold. He loved his family and grandchildren immensely and will be greatly missed. “I can jump as high, I just can’t stay up as Long”.

A Private family graveside service will be held at Bethel Cemetery in Kirksville, Missouri, under the direction of Travis-Noe Funeral Home of Kirksville.