Leonard S. Niggli, age 84, of Highland, passed away Monday, August 18, at Eden Village Retirement Center in Glen Carbon. Funeral services for 84 year-old Leonard S. Niggli will be held Thursday, August 21 at 10:00 a.m. at the Grantfork United Church of Christ. Burial will be in the Grantfork United Church of Christ Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to Mooseheart Child City and School, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
He was born on Monday, April 07, 1930, in Grantfork, IL, the son of Albert L. and Frieda M. (nee Schuerman) Niggli.
On Saturday, October 25, 2003, he married Shirley M. Niggli (nee Peters) who survives.
He was a member of Grantfork United Church of Christ. He was also a member of Moose Lodge #2479 – Highland; Highland Sportman’s Club; Life member of Highland Pistol & Rifle Club; former member of Loyal Order of Eagles, Woodriver, IL.
Mr. Niggli was born North of Grantfork; grew up there; operated dairy and grain farm; quit farming in 1980. He drove school bus in the early 1960’s and 1970’s. He drove truck for Horn Trucking Company and others; retiring in 1990’s. He spent winters in Arizona for number of years; was active bowler and enjoyed golfing. In his early years, enjoyed going fishing.
Wife – Shirley M. Zbinden Niggli nee Peters, Highland, IL
1st Wife – Lillian L. (Gene) Daiber nee Steiner of Marine, IL (ended in divorce)
Daughter – Janet B. (Ronald) Hunsche, Highland, IL
Daughter – Barbara S. (Thomas) Eberhart, Highland, IL
Daughter – Sandra J. (Michael) Leitschuh, Highland, IL
Daughter – Ellen M. (Victor) Mitchell, Bartlesville, OK
Daughter – Carla A. (significant other Mikeiel Muniz) Hoedebecke, Marine, IL
Grandchildren – Eleven Grandchildren
Great Grandchildren – Fourteen Great Grandchildren
Step Daughter – Linda M. (Charles) Koester, Highland, IL
Step Daughter – Janis M. (Richard) Bircher, Highland, IL
Step Son – Clifford L. (Jane) Zbinden, III, Pocahontas, IL
Step Son – Ronald A. (Karin) Zbinden, Highland, IL
Step Grandchildren – Ten Step Grandchildren
Step Great grandchildren – Nine Step Great Grandchildren
He was preceded in death by:
Father – Albert L. Niggli died 11/20/1977
Mother – Frieda M. Niggli nee Schuerman died 12/11/1996
2nd Wife – Peggy Schwarz nee Stueber, died 9/22/1997
Great Grandchild – Taylor Schwarz died 1999