Ayden D. Zeigler-Kohler
February 13, 2007 - March 22, 2017
Ayden Douglas Zeigler-Kohler, 10, entered into Heaven on March 22, 2017 at home with his family by his side after a courageous battle with DIPG.
Born on February 13, 2007 in York, he was the son of Jennifer M. Zeigler and William E. Kohler, Jr.
Ayden was a fourth grade student at East York Elementary School. He participated in wrestling, football, lacrosse, and baseball. He was an avid sports fan, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ayden was in his element in the outdoors, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Fondly known as "Buddy" to many, encouraged to "Never Give Up Buddy".
"If people gather to remember me, I want them to dance, sing and take group pictures. If anyone asks how I want to be remembered, please say happy, funny, athletic, wise, fighter, caring and selfless." Ayden Zeigler-Kohler
He lived for life not the disease.
He leaves to cherish his memory, mother Jennifer M. Zeigler; father, William E. Kohler, Jr. and step-mother, Cathy M. Kohler; siblings, Kayla M. Lentz, Alexandria D. Kohler, Arian W. Kohler, Chloe M. Bloom, Pearce M. Bloom; one niece; three nephews; grandparents, Bonnie Zeigler, Charlie Mohon, Jackie Kohler, James and Blanca Baker; aunts and uncle, Jen, Sher, Danny, Shaunta; and a host of family and friends. He was preceded by a grandfather, William Kohler, Sr.
A motorcycle escort will lead the procession to the fairgrounds from the funeral home at noon. A viewing will be on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the UTZ Arena (Eastside) at the York Fairgrounds. The Celebration of Life Services will begin at 5 p.m. As per Ayden's request, a time of dancing and fellowship to follow, please, causal attire, especially sports teams Jerseys or camo. Interment will be private. Gladfelter Funeral Home, Inc., 822 E. Market St., York, is entrusted with the arrangements.
"Ayden, you are our hero."
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Ayden Zeigler may be directed to support DIPG research in the Dr. Eric Raabe laboratory at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to Johns Hopkins University. Gifts may be mailed with a memo indicating that this gift is in memory of Ayden Zeigler to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, PO Box 17029, Baltimore, MD 21297-1029 or make a gift online at www.hopkinscancerresearch.org