SIKESTON - Keith L. Ziegenhorn went home to be in peace with the Lord on Nov. 9, 2007. He was born Oct. 13, 1935, to Minnie and Charles Ziegenhorn in Dexter. He was the youngest of five children. He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers, Eldon Ziegenhorn, Arthur Ziegenhorn, Dorothy Pratt and Helen Mae Daniel, all of Sikeston.
He was the beloved father of his son, Michael W. Ziegenhorn of Sikeston; and his daughter, Patricia J. Ziegenhorn-Erbach of Decatur, Ga. He was a devoted best friend and business partner for many years to Barbara J. Ziegenhorn of Sikeston.
He is survived by many nephews and nieces, Donald, Charles and Harry Pratt, Dennis Ziegenhorn and David Ziegenhorn, all of Sikeston; Becky Ziegenhorn of Springfield and Cindy Waldron of Boynton, Beach Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Ruth Ann Ziegenhorn and Mrs. Mildred Ziegenhorn of Sikeston.
He attended Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau. He was active in sports at the college level and during his high school years at Sikeston High School he was honored as an All-American football player. He was active and a donor to the Southeast Missouri University Alumni Association for higher education.
He was a prominent business man and in the insurance industry. He owned and ran one of the largest out-of-state offices in the state of Missouri before his retirement in 1988. He was an entrepreneur and owned many businesses. He was the builder of the Sikeston Bowling Alley and part owner. He owned glass companies and grocery stores and was part owner of Home Materials Lumber Company. He worked and was part owner with his brother in Ziegenhorn Construction Company. He was one of the first rice farmers in Stoddard County. He built and owned a skeet shooting range in Sikeston.
Retirement did not suit him and he decided he needed to be active and busy. He was an owner of the Sportmans Lodge at Kentucky Lake. After selling the business, he came back to Sikeston and reopened another insurance office, Heartland Underwriters. In his earlier years he was a bank board member of the Security Bank. Before his death he was the active broker owner of Ziegenhorn Insurance and Real Estate Agency.
He was very active in the community in Sikeston. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Kiwanis Club, a one-time member and held offices in the Rotary Club, President of the Jaycees in 1967, Chairman of the United Way, a member of the First United Methodist Church, an officer in the National Guard, an avid golfer and longtime member of the Sikeston Country Club and a sponsor of Little Theatre. He was a pilot for many years and held an active pilot's license.
He had contributed to his fellow man through substantial donations, to the community, to his church, to the needy and to scholarship funds for higher education. One of his pet projects was the Heritage House and Meals on Wheels. He was a humanitarian and donated his time for many worthy causes for the benefit of Sikeston and the community that he lived in and loved. He was a dear friend to all and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Geoff Posegate, pastor, will officiate with assistance from Steve Palmer.
Burial will follow in the family burial plot at the Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Dez Ziegenhorn, Bart Ziegenhorn, Charles Ziegenhorn, Mark Pratt, Brant Pratt and Stacy Pratt.
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The family requests donations be made to:
Sikeston Public Schools Foundation 603-B S. Main St. Sikeston, MO 63801