Sid Ziegler

Richland, 1926-2017

Sid Ziegler, 91, of Richland, died Dec. 22, 2017, in Baker City, with his dear wife Elma at his side.

A remembrance will be held at a later date on the Coast, when the weather is a little easier to travel in.

Sid was born on Nov. 11, 1926, at Portland to Sidney and Florence Ziegler. He attended Lincoln High School in Portland until he left home and went to work in the woods of Southern Oregon, where he graduated from Prospect High School. During World War II he enlisted in the Army and was on a troop ship heading to Europe when the war ended. After his service ended, he returned to Oregon and attended Oregon State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in forestry.

At OSU Sid met Donna Lee Hayden. They later married and moved to Yreka, California, where he worked as a timber cruiser for Fruit Growers Timber Co. in Hilt and then Pine Mountain Lumber Co. in Yreka. While there, the young couple was blessed with three children, Scott and twin daughters, Jan and Jill.

In 1964 Sid moved his family to Lincoln City after he took a job working for Fort Hill Lumber Co. in Valley Junction as a log buyer. He worked there many years, providing well for his family. He finished his career working for Hampton Lumber Co. of Willamina after they bought out Fort Hill.

Donna Lee died in 1988. Later, Sid married Beverly Hinrichsen of Seattle. They enjoyed their short time together until she was taken by cancer. In 1993 he married Elma Williams of Richland. They enjoyed 24 years of marriage and she remained by his side, caring for him, all the way to the end.

Sid loved working in the woods and had many hobbies, including hunting, fishing, rock hounding, silversmithing/jewelry making, and gardening. He had a remarkable ability of setting goals and then reaching them. He was a man of his word. He was full of purpose and he loved his family and providing for them. He is dearly missed.

Sid is survived by his wife, Elma; his son, Scott (Marie); his daughter, Jill (Bob); his stepdaughter, Penny (Bill); eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.

Sid was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Carol; his first two wives, Donna Lee and Beverly; his daughter, Jan; and his stepdaughter, Sherry.

For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Sid, the family suggests the Eagle Valley EMT Fund through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at