Kurt Ziegler Jr., 66, passed away Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. Service: Private services will be held for the family. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
). He was born in Vienna, Austria, and sailed on a boat with his Mom to Canada before being allowed to enter the United States (there was a moratorium due to the war on immigrants entering the U.S.). After he learned the English language, he moved to Arizona and became an American citizen. He graduated from high school and went on to get his bachelor's degree from Arizona State University
and earning his master's degree from American University. He was hired right after graduation by IBM; went to New York, Iowa, Connecticut and Florida where he met his wife, Dianne, in 1980, Texas, then back to New York and retired in 2000. Although retired, he had many adventures and successes with start-up companies around the world. His desire to continue to work, provide, and mentor drove him back to his most recent position at TXU. He was a published author, enjoyed going to the movies and out to lunch with his wife, and really enjoyed going to Quail Creek Shooting Range. Being a real people-person, Kurt loved throwing employee parties at his home as well as playing and swimming with his grandchildren. He was a great human being and tried to see all views of any situation; his guidance, and most of all his love and protection for his family, will be greatly missed. Survivors: He is survived by his wife, Dianne; daughters, Korina, Jana and Erika; son, Kurt Ziegler III; grandchildren, Kaleb, Chance, Falon, Maci and Noa; son-in-law, David; his sister, Sylvia Elliott and family; nieces and nephews; also, Stephanie; many friends around the world, and co-workers.