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William Theron Ziegenbein

William Theron Ziegenbein
William Theron Ziegenbein
- June 6, 2018

William Theron Ziegenbein was born on a homestead in rural Haakon County northeast of Philip, SD, on November 15, 1933, to Theron and Selma Ziegenbein.  He went to a country school in rural Philip and the family moved to Sturgis when he was in 6th grade.  Bill completed the 8th grade and when given the choice to leave school or to work in 9th grade, he chose to go to work, and never stopped.  Bill always displayed an avid thirst for knowledge and was often reading books and studying maps.

Bill was a hard-working and highly respected businessman.  His truck driving days began in 1949 when he drove a meat delivery truck, after which he started working for the sawmill in Whitewood, sawing and hauling logs within the Black Hills area.  In the mid 50’s, he went to work for Shirley Hussey hauling cattle and rodeo stock and drove for RB Wilson out of Denver, CO, hauling fuel in the late fifties.  In 1960, he started driving for Claude Roth

Trucking and shortly thereafter established Zieg trucking and also had several other business ventures.  In the late 70’s, Bill and Darlene purchased a wheat farm on Red Shirt Table near the Badlands.

A true cowboy at heart, Billy loved riding horses and especially enjoyed raising cattle.  He fully appreciated the sport of rodeo and all things related to cowboy culture.  Always an adventurer, one of Bill’s last great excursions was fulfilling his lifelong dream of riding a mule down the Grand Canyon.

Bill began dating the love of his life, Darlene Thomson, in 1954 and they married in 1958.  Darlene and Bill made their home and raised their children in the Piedmont area.  In 1993, Bill and Darlene partially retired when they sold Zieg Trucking and in 2004, they fully retired after selling their farm on Red Shirt Table.

Bill was a wonderful and beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, husband, and friend.  He and Darlene spent much of their time traveling, visiting their children, and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with their many cherished friends.  His friends at Red Shirt Table Village fondly called him “Billy Big Heart,” and there could not be a better way to honor and describe Bill.  It is no secret that he was deeply loved and respected by many.

     Bill had an amazing gift of being able to make friends.  He was never afraid to sit down and have a cup of coffee with a stranger and often walked away with not only a phone number but also more often than not, a new friendship and a great story.  Bill’s love of life, family, and friends brought many to his side throughout the years where he offered his wisdom, love, and support.  When asked how he was doing, Bill would often state, “well, I have never had a bad day in my life,” and he meant it.  His positivity and kindness was genuine and touched everyone around him.

     Bill's memory and inspiration is carried on by his son, Zane Ziegenbein, Sturgis SD; daughter, Kim (Dan) Quenon, Peoria, AZ; son, Shane (Shawna) Ziegenbein, Bend, OR; granddaughters, Kyndal (Chad) Strenge, Colman, SD, and Genevieve Quenon, Peoria, AZ; grandsons, Jake Quenon, Peoria, AZ, and Zachary Ziegenbein, Sturgis, SD; great-grandchildren, Cody, Kaia, Kali, and Cole Strenge, Colman, SD; sister-in-law, Joann Thomson, Rapid City, SD; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many lifelong friends.

     Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, Darlene; his parents, Theron and Selma Ziegenbein; his parents-in-law, James and Leota Thomson; two sisters, Charlotte Bachand and Jeanne (Buzz) Andrews; four brothers-in-law, Irvin (Helen) Thomson, Junior (Marge) Thomson, Paul (Helen) Thomson, and Roger Thomson; and sister-in-law, Louise (Francis) Parsons.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials will be donated to the High Plains Western Heritage Center and the Red Shirt Table Elementary School.

     Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

     Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2018, at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont with Father Andrzej Wyrostek officiating.  Burial, with military honors, will be at Black Hills National Cemetery.

     Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.



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