John Ziegler, Jr. 88, formally of Keansburg, passed away surrounded by his family, on January 20th, at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. He was born and raised in West New York, NJ, and attended Memorial High School and attended Seton Hall University prior to entering the military. He served in the United States Air Force from Sept 1954 to April 1958 in the headquarters squadrons of; A.E.F. - Aviation Engineer Force, CONAC - Continental Air Command and M.E.D.L. - Medical Equipment Development Laboratory.
Assignments with A.E.F. and CONAC as directorate of management analysis in the graphic presentation division, ranged from airfield construction design to management analysis charts/illustration presentations and reports to other squadrons, commands, the Pentagon and Congress. At M.E.D.L. he participated in the design and development of a variety of portable medical field equipment. He assisted Aaron Ismach in developing the first production type jet/hydraulic immunization gun utilized throughout the world today. He worked for S. Blickman, Inc. in Weehawken, NJ in technical sales as a draftsman designing and developing product data sheets, catalogs, exhibit booths, illustrations and presentations. He prepared detailed drawings for microbiological and life sciences research, radioactive containment, healthcare, food and chemical processing, environmental control and vacuum equipment systems.
One of his major program responsibilities included the design, fabrication, installation and testing of containment and research equipment for NASA's manned spacecraft center's lunar receiving laboratory at which extensive tests were conducted on samples brought back from the moon. The company received the "Silver Snoopy: group achievement award for project "Apollo" signed by astronauts; Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins.
He worked at FEL Corporation in Farmingdale, NJ and Harvard Electronics, a Division of FEL Corp in Holmdel, NJ in Marketing and program management, responsible for commercial contracts, divisional product lines and military subcontract manufacturing. This included the development of individual parts, sub-assemblies or entire products such as hospital and laboratory casework and furniture, shelving and display racks, marine lighting and injection molded products.
He was a communicate of St. Ann’s Church, where he served for many years as a Eucharistic minister. He was an avid Giants and West Point Army football fan. John also enjoyed visiting historic sites, aviation, swimming, and photography. John loved going out with his wife Patricia before her passing, but the most important thing to him was spending time with his family.
John was predeceased by his loving wife Patricia Ann in 2003. He is survived by his two daughters and sons-in-law, Theresa (Daniel) Lieb and Elizabeth (Stephen) Mitchell, and his grandson, Ralph DelGiorno, Jr.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday, January 26, 2023, from 5-8 pm at the Jacqueline M. Ryan Home for Funerals at 233 Carr Ave, Keansburg. A religious service will be at 7:30 pm. Cremation will be private.