Hal Ziegler, 80, died Sunday night from a massive coronary heart attack, shortly after completing a masterful appearance on Coffee Party Radio.
by Lisa Satayut, M Live
JACKSON, MI – Anyone who crossed paths with Hal Ziegler knew he had an endless love for politics.
“It happened so fast. He was on top of the world yesterday,” Hal’s wife, Sue Ziegler, said Monday morning.
The former Republican senator and state representative was excited about a new weekly radio segment he was to be featured on for Coffee Party Radio. Sunday was his first segment. After getting home from the radio show the two sat down for dinner, but Sue said Hal was too excited to eat.
“He was so excited about the show when we sat down for dinner. He had a pain in his side, gave a gasp and he was gone,” she said.
Sue said both of Hal’s parents died the same way.
Hal and Sue were married for 53 years and in that time Sue said she was just “along for the ride.”
“It was a crazy life of a politician, but that’s what he lived for. He always joked about running again,” she said.
Besides working as an attorney, Hal served in the Michigan Legislature from 1967 to 1978. He was elected as a state representative in 1966 and served from 1967 to 1974. He worked as a state senator from 1975 to 1978.
“His inspiration and energy went into politics,” Sue said. [MORE]