Theodore P. "Ted" Ziegler

August 15, 1941 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Theodore Ziegler Obituary

Ted Ziegler, 82, passed away on January 28, 2024.  He was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania on August 15, 1941, to the late Paul Ziegler and Mary Greiner.  Ted was a 1960 graduate of Altoona High School and moved to Akron in 1962.  Ted attended Kent State University before joining the US Army.  Ted served as a lieutenant with the 599th Ordnance Corp in Southeast Asia and was discharged after three years as a first lieutenant.  When Ted was discharged from the Army he returned to Akron and finished his degree at Kent State.


Ted held management positions in the Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Treatment field for most of his life.  He worked as a program planner for the ADM Board of Tuscarawas and Carroll counties from 1975 to 1978.  Later accepted the position of Executive Director of the Akron Drug Abuse Clinic, one of nine clinics providing treatment for narcotic addictions in Ohio.


In 1980 he accepted the position of CEO for the Community Health Center. Ted founded the Community Health Center Foundation, CHCF, in 1985, an organization that raised funds to augment various funding sources and enhance the quality of care in community health centers and treatment facilities.  The foundation also provided community education on drug and alcohol addiction.


Ted was appointed to and served on the Ohio Drug Treatment Advisory Council during Governor Rhodes’s administration and the Council of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services during Governor Taft’s administration. 


His professional memberships included, the American Methadone Treatment Association, The Summit Forum, Summit County Family and Children First Council, The Ohio Council of Behavioral Health Care Providers, The Association of Behavioral Healthcare Managers, The Summit County Community Partnership, The Ohio Citizens Advocates, and Knight Runners Inc.  Ted served in several Leadership positions with these organizations.


Ted was also active in The American Methadone Treatment Association receiving the Nyswander-Dole Award in 1996 in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the field of narcotic addiction treatment.  In 1993, he was recognized by The Kent Arts & Sciences Alumna Council and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his outstanding career and professional accomplishments, as well as, his service to the community. 


Ted also enjoyed playing as well as watching golf, going on cruises, fine restaurants, good food, museums, and having friends and neighbors gather on his deck.


Ted is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Nanci Jean (Dike); sister, Georgia (Ken) Lauer; nephew, Joe (Lynne) Lauer; and favorite niece, Lori (John) Mashensic.   


The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Gables of Green and Traditions Hospice for the love and excellent care they provided to Ted.


Per Ted’s wishes, there will be no services.  The family will hold a private celebration of his life at a later date.  Inurnment will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Ted’s name to the Humane Society of Summit County, 7996 Darrow Road, STE 30, Twinsburg, Ohio 44087, or Alzheimer’s Association, Greater East Ohio Chapter, 23215 Commerce Park, STE 300, Beachwood, Ohio 44122.  To leave a special message for the family, visit our website at


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