Carl “Sonny” Zigler, a former Baltimore Sun mailroom worker and decorated Vietnam War veteran, died in his sleep Tuesday at his home in Finksburg. He was 79 years old.
Carl Zigler, son of Albert Zigler, and his wife Sybile Loucks Zigler, farmers, was born in Grottoes, Virginia, and later moved to Baltimore.
A graduate of Milford Mill High School, Mr. Sigler joined the Army in 1964 and graduated in 1965 from the Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. He served as a sniper in Vietnam with the 82nd Airborne Division.
Discharged in 1970, Mr. Sigler’s decorations included the Combat Infantryman Badge, M-14 Army Sniper Badge, Vietnam Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal .
After leaving the army, Mr Zigler went to work in 1972 in the mailroom of The Sun at his old headquarters in North Calvert Street. He retired in 2003.
He was a Lifetime Active Member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Zigler enjoyed crabbing, fishing, boating, hunting, billiards and thoroughbred horse racing. “He was also a big fan of Budwesier beer,” said his daughter, Laurie Hartman of Potomac. “He was a kind and loving man, husband, father and grandfather. His positive presence in our lives will be missed, but he will always be in our hearts.
A Celebration of Life rally will be held May 15 from 1-5 p.m. at American Legion Post 116, 1090 Westminster Pike, Reisterstown.
In addition to his daughter, Mr. Zigler is survived by his wife of one year, the former Pamela Franey; two sons, Steven Zigler of Sargent, Texas, and Joseph Caplan of Littleton, North Carolina; a son-in-law, James Zuelch of Westminster and Jason Zuelch of Finksburg; and eight grandchildren. His first wife of 35 years, the former Joan Hecht, died in 2004.