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In Memoriam

Captain Eric Ziegler

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Captain Eric Ziegler

28 June 2011

Capt. Eric Ziegler, aged 30, is a 1999 graduate of West Fargo High School in North Dakota. Ziegler leaves behind a 9-month-old daughter and his wife, Sarah, a North Dakota native who also works for the Air Force in Las Vegas.

Visitor Comments
Loss of husband/father
Michael Kessler-Bodette, Jul 01, 2011 - 06:40 PM

Sorry for the loss of your husband and your daughter's father. Lost my AF fighter pilot father at a young age when his single seat fighter jet crashed after an air show. I understand your loss never let his daughter forget him.

God be with you at your time of loss
James Mac Donald, Jul 01, 2011 - 11:36 PM

No words or actions can fill the void you feel at this time. A broken heart from a lost husband and father of such a young girl is an unimagineable loss. My heart and soul go out to you in this time of grieving. I will pray for you and your daughter to somehow find peace and the grace to continue. I send my love as a fellow Air Force person who served ten years knowing there can be an ultimate price to pay that you hope never happens.

God be with you, your child and family.

A wonderful person has been lost
Dave & Cathy Mattson, Jul 02, 2011 - 10:12 AM

In Eric's short life he was able to experience and achieve most of his goals he had set for himself. Everything he did, he excelled in. His family can be very proud of him, as I know they are. Our hearts and tears go out to his parents, wife, daughter, and sister. Most of the world will never know what a terriffic, kind, and caring person Eric was. We are so sorry for your loss and we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayes at this difficult time. God Bless his family.

Please accept our heartfelt condolences
Jeff & Candy Paetzhold, Jul 03, 2011 - 01:39 PM

To Eric's mom and dad, his sister, to Sarah and Anna, and to his air force 'family': Candy and I grieve with you at the loss of this fine young man. Our oldest son, Matt, was a Squadron 8 classmate of Eric, served with Eric on 2 different international postings, and described Eric as one of the truly 'good guys' he's ever known. After attending SOS training together, at Matt's invitation, Eric spent a day and night in our home and with our family. We shared a college basketball game, a couple of restaurant meals, and a number of personal conversations. Candy and I have met many of Matt's friends over the years, but Eric especially impressed us with his low-key, humble, unassuming, and pleasant interactions. The Bible says that the last enemy to be destroyed is death, and the loss of Eric is a cruel reminder that death is truly our enemy. Though we have no real way of knowing the depth of your ache and pain in this experience, please know Candy and I hurt for you at Eric's loss, and we pray that Jesus will be a comfort and hope to you as you move forward without him.

My Brothers best Friend
Jonathan McCroan, Jul 07, 2011 - 04:16 PM

Eric was my brothers college roommate at the Air Force Academy for 4 years. They were stationed in South Korea together and then in Germany and again in Las Vegas. Both F-16 pilots, and best friends. Eric your missed and will never be forgotten. Thank you for your time and dedication to your country and your family.

Captain Eric Ziegler
Maria Stefanova, Jul 11, 2011 - 01:28 PM

It is so sorry about such a loss. God bless his family.

Mark Rightnour, Jul 11, 2011 - 10:14 PM

I'm sorry for your loss. May God Bless you and your family.

Family of Captain Eric Zeigler
Orlo Johnson, Jul 12, 2011 - 06:49 PM

As a former jet mechanic @ Nellis,I witnessed several crashes, & every one was a heartbreaking event. My thoughts & prayers go out to you. At a time like this, words are not much help,but,my heart goes out to you.

Together at Spangdahlem
M Kucsera, Jul 13, 2011 - 01:17 AM

Sarah - I am so saddend by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

You're in my thoughts and prayers!
Dyan Parker, Sep 16, 2012 - 01:55 AM

I'm so sorry for the loss of this wonderful and courageous young man, father and husband. I came upon this page by accident when I was searching for another Eric Ziegler. Please accept my condolences and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. He will never be forgotten! God be with you!

Uncle Dave, Nov 16, 2012 - 03:36 AM

to all of you who have read and witnessed any video transmissions of my nephew. Please, thank you for your support . . . I know there are many out there who have lost a loved one in the armed services. I too have served and know the agony of loss. This was my nephew and, how ironic it was, that we both talked of flying when he was young. Little could we have known it would result in his loss of life. To a good and Godly man, great husband, super son to his mother, and all around American; God bless you all.

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