George E. “Bud” Zigler (78) was born December 7, 1933 to Cleo Davis and George W. Zigler in Spokane, WA.
He passed away after an extended illness on July 17, 2012 at Providence Sacred Heart Hospital.
Bud attended both elementary and high school at Cusick, WA and graduated in 1953.
He worked for the Spokane City Water Department for 24 years and retired in 1982.
Prior to that he drove bus for the Spokane City Lines.
Bud was extremely proud of being a Freemason and a member of El Katif for more than 50 years, as well as a member of the Royal Order of Jesters for 23 years.
Bud joined the Foot Patrol (Arab Patrol) right away when he became a Noble in El Katif.
He later joined the Mobile Unit and has been a loyal member ever since.
He held many of the offices of the Unit as well as being President several times over the years.
Bud and Bob Crampton instigated the acquisition of the 1960 Red Cadillac we use today to pull the replica Shriner’s Fez.
This was Bud’s baby.
He has driven it to many PNSA events, parades, and special Shrine events over the years throughout the Northwest.
He made trips to Seattle, Portland, Wyoming, Canada and his favorite trips were to the Montana East/West Shrine football games.
In 1992 he was made Ambassador to Baghdad Temple in Butte, MT.
for his dedication to the Nobility in Montana.
Bud was a valuable resource for many Potentates over the past 50 years.
In 1967 he served as Assistant Units Aide and PNSA Director General for Illustrious Sir Bill Yankee.
He has advised many other Potentates over the years with his straight forward words of wisdom.
Bud’s motto was “What can I do for the Shrine, rather than what can the Shrine do for me.”
Bud was a leader and true friend to many.
His stories and laughter and smiles will be greatly missed.
“Keep the rattles coming.
After retirement Bud enjoyed many years at the family ranch near Cusick; hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and four-wheeling with his friends and family.
He also enjoyed boating on the Pend Oreille River.
Bud is survived by his wife, Ruth of 54 years.
He is also survived by his sister, Donna Carnine, nephew Tom Wellman, nieces Susan Wellman, Teresa Marsura (Al) and Sharon Sherrock (Buzzy).
He was preceded in death by his mother and father.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 4, 2012 at Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport, WA at 11:00 A.M. A celebration of Life will follow at the Quality Inn Oakwood, 7919 N. Division, Spokane, WA from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital, 101 W. 8th Ave. Spokane, WA 99204
SHERMAN-KNAPP FUNERAL HOME IN NEWPORT, WA is in charge of arrangements.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at sherman-knapp.com