Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 14, 2011

Kurt R. Ziebart


WILLIAMSBURG — Kurt Rudi Ziebart, 91, of Williamsburg, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Kurt was born on July 27, 1920, to the late Karl and Amalie (Muschkewitz) Ziebart in Kiesslingswalde, Germany. Having been schooled in Germany, Kurt earned his Master Mechanic certification, a process that included the design and fabrication of a wide variety of parts and tools needed to make repairs. It is a high honor in Germany to achieve this status. Kurt married Edith Margot Jordan on March 10, 1951, in Berlin, Germany, and they were blessed with three children.

The inventor of the Ziebart Rustproofing Process, Kurt also owned and operated Acme Motors, the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Acme, until his retirement. He was an active member of East Bay Calvary Church. Kurt was an avid hunter and fisherman. His hobbies included designing jewelry using his metalsmithing skills to form and engrave intricate gold and silver pendants and broaches. He enjoyed playing the harmonica and riding his BMW motorcycle.

Kurt will be lovingly remembered and cherished by his wife, Edith; his children, Jenny Ziebart, of Williamsburg, Herb (Carolyn) Ziebart, of Maine, and Doris (Leo) Hagedorn, of Williamsburg. He was the beloved "Opa" to his grandchildren, Erika, Rachel, Adam, Heather, Micah and Laura and adopted kids, Cate Gadbaw and Ken Bosko.

Services celebrating Kurt's life and home going will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept 15, at East Bay Calvary Church with the Revs. Kendale Dennis and John Losen officiating. Visitation will take place at the church one hour prior to the service. A private family committal service will take place at Yuba Cemetery at a later time.

The family would ask that Kurt be remembered through memorial contributions to East Bay Calvary Church or Munson Hospice.

You are asked to share your thoughts and memories of Kurt with his family by way of his online guestbook at

The family is being served by The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.