Fred Ziebell, 1929-2017

Published 8:20 am Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Funeral services for Fred C. Ziebell, 87, of Glenville will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The Rev. David Efflandt will officiate. Interment will be at Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by local servicemen’s organizations. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at

Fred died Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.

Fred C. Ziebell was born Nov. 6, 1929, in London Township, to Otto and Bernice (Cipra) Ziebell. He was a lifetime member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Fred served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He spent time in Korea and Japan during the Korean War. Fred was proud to have received his 15-gallon pin for donating blood to the American Red Cross.

Fred Ziebell

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On Sept. 18, 1954, he was united in marriage to Lois Rindels at Bloomfield Church in Ostrander. Fred farmed in London Township all his life and did carpentry work, making many pieces for children and grandchildren and many friends. He retired in 1991.

Fred belonged to the American Legion in Glenville, where he was a previous chaplain and commander. He served on church council, was treasurer of Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, spent 15 years as supervisor on London Township board and was a member of Grapevine Twist Square Dance Club for 20 years. Fred enjoyed woodworking, hunting and trapping, traveling, playing any kind of cards, rug weaving, jigsaw puzzles, playing on the computer and word-search books.

Fred is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lois; three children, Debbie (Randy) Mullenbach, Ruth (Mark) Schammel and Rodney (Mary) Ziebell; five grandchildren, Sarah, Matthew, Katie, Brian and Angie; seven great-grandchildren, Carson, Madison, Norah, Oliva, Amelia, Maddy and Andy; step-granddaughter, Brianne (Steven) Vogt; two step-great-grandchildren, Lucy and Emily; siblings Rosie, Irene, Virginia, Marie (Virgil) Dempewolf, Frances (Keith) Olson, David (Pat) Ziebell, Laverne (Bev) Ziebell, George Ziebell; sister-in-law, Karen Ziebell; brother-in-law and sister-in law, Larry and Sandy Rindels; one aunt; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lawrence; brothers-in-law Ron Knight, Dean Paape and Burton Churchill; sister-in-law, Elaine Ziebell; and many nieces and nephews.