WASHINGTON - Sgt. Tyler W. Ziegel, age 30, of Washington, Ill., formerly of Metamora, Ill., passed away at 2:14 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born Oct. 16, 1982, in Peoria to Jeffrey W. and Rebecca J. (Waterworth) Ziegel.
Surviving are his parents of Metamora; one brother, Zachary (Holly) Ziegel of Washington; grandmothers, Doris Waterworth of Metamora and Marilyn Ziegel of Peoria; and grandfathers, Kenneth (Barbara) Waterworth of Alabama and Wayne (Katherine) Ziegel of Texas.
Ty graduated from Metamora Township High School in 2001, earning Vo-Tec student of the year. He graduated from Marine Corps boot camp in February 2002, and was assigned to Charlie Company Engineers in Peoria, Ill. He deployed to Iraq in 2003 and again in 2004, where he suffered severe combat injuries, earning the Purple Heart. He spent the next 19 months recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center. He was always very proud of being a Marine.
He enjoyed spending time with family and friends; working on his rural property, with visions of a new home with his beloved dogs Dobbs and Marshall; riding his Harley trike; heavy metal music; and was an avid collector of guitars and guns.
He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 649, NRA, and the American Legion. He was of the Christian faith.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Mason Funeral Home Metamora Chapel, with the Rev. Gary Salm officiating.
Visitation will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded after services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fisher House Foundation, www.fisherhouse.org; Semper Fi Fund, www.semperfifund.org; or Wounded Warriors Project, www.woundedwarriorsproject.org.
Online condolences may be left at www.masonfuneralhomes.com.