Raymond Zeigler, Sr.
August 15, 1949 – February 20, 2023
Raymond "Ray" Zeigler, Sr. passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday February 20, 2023, after battling illness. He
was 73 years old, and leaves behind a legacy of love and music.
Ray was born in Lone Pine on August 15, 1949. He was the third child and only son of Ralph and Teresa Zeigler. As a
child, he learned to appreciate the beauty of the Owens Valley - waterskiing in Diaz Lake, hunting and fishing with his
father, and hiking in the shadows of Mt. Whitney. He also traveled with his family all over the western United States and
Mexico. He made many lifelong friends all over the Owens Valley.
After graduating from Lone Pine High School, Ray enlisted in the United States Army to serve his country. He was
stationed at Fort Ord, and later honorably discharged for health reasons.
He was a jack of all trades - Ray was a carpenter, a gas station attendant, a truck driver, and had worked for the Forest
Service, among other things. With his wife Sherrill, Ray owned and operated the High Country Inn restaurant in Lone
Pine in the 1980s.
But he was best known for being an accomplished construction worker, having run cranes and other heavy equipment
all over California and Nevada for several decades. He helped build communities, buildings, water treatment plants, and
more, across the two states - from Los Angeles to Mammoth, from the high desert to the Bay Area, Sparks and Reno,
and beyond. He was a card-carrying member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 3 up until his
After his retirement, Ray loved driving all over the Owens Valley, exploring the Alabama Hills, the White/Inyo mountains,
and more. He was always accompanied by his beloved dog Bailey, whom he spoiled like a princess. Four-wheeling in the
hills was his happy place, and he would go up there every chance he got.
Ray was also a musician. He played guitar beautifully, and performed in Lone Pine and the surrounding areas. He
recorded tracks with Sandy and the High Country, among other bands. Ray passed on his love of music to both of his
Probably the one thing that most defined Ray as a person was being a loving father and grandfather. He would take
every opportunity he got to talk about his children or grandchildren, all about their accomplishments and how proud of
them he was.
Ray was preceded in death by his beloved mother Teresa Zeigler, father Ralph Zeigler, sister Vivian Zeigler, brother-in-
law Del Seeley, and nephew Ken Thomas. He was also preceded by his loving dog Bailey.
Ray is survived by sons Ray Zeigler (Peggy) and Ryan Zeigler (Brooklynn), stepdaughter Joanie Hanson, grandchildren
Alex, Ashlyn, Asher, Adalynn, sister Dorothy Zeigler-Huerta-Seeley, nieces Gina Thomas and Danni Delgado (Richard),
and nephew Ralph Huerta (Lynne).
A Rosary service will be held at Santa Rosa Church in Lone Pine on March 31, 2023 at 7:30 p.m., the funeral Mass will be the next morning April 1, 2023 at 10 a.m., followed by a graveside service and then a celebration of life at the VFW in Lone Pine. Please feel free to bring a side dish to share if you are local, and come share your memories of Ray as well.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Akes Family Funeral Home, Riverside, California.
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