Dale Abram Ziegler, 77, of Albrightsville, died Monday, March 25. He was the husband of Jeanne-Marie (Pfaff) Ziegler.
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Born in Lanark, Pa., he was the youngest of four children of the late Abram K. "Abe" and Arlene E. "The Cake Lady" (Schaffer) Ziegler.
Early in his career, he was employed by Durkee Foods and then by D.F. Bast Trucking.Dale was a very hardworking, self-made man and entrepreneur. Some of his businesses included Ziegler Pallet Co., Ormrod, The Hotel Grand, Allentown, and the Ormrod Salvage Co.
- He was a graduate of Allen High School and served in the U.S. Navy.
He had long term residences in Bethlehem, Ormrod and at Towamensing Trails in Albrightsville.
He enjoyed hunting as a pastime. He is fondly remembered by many in the Lehigh Valley, the Poconos and beyond. Those who knew Dale may remember him as a hard worker and helpful to others, but they may also remember him with a smile on his face, a beer in his hand, and joking with friends and acquaintances.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Brian Dale, and his wife, Linda Krisko, of Bethlehem, and Barry of Brighton-le-Sands, Sydney, Australia; a daughter, Jill Ann, wife of Tom Kalaris of Ashburn, Va.; a sister, Gloria (Transue) Nikles of Allentown; his first wife, Patricia (Trotter) Kospiah of Naples, Fla.; three grandsons, Matt, Evan and Adam Kalaris; and nieces and nephews, Raelene, Rodney, Guy, Dawn, Dean, Doug and Danny, all who considered their "Uncle Dale" to be their favorite.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Donald K.; and a sister, Jean (Wicker) Jones.
Service: Funeral service 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 17th & Hamilton streets, Allentown. Interment, St. Paul's Blue Church Cemetery, Coopersburg. Call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Contributions in his name may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675, or at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.