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Hans Christian Ziller

September 5, 1928 — December 26, 2023

Overland Park

Hans Christian Ziller was born on September 5, 1928 in Freiburg, Germany to Hans Patriz and Maria Ziller. As a young man, Hans worked as the Service Manager at the local BP gas station where he befriended several American GIs after the war. One of those GIs sponsored Hans to immigrate to the United States, so in 1958, Hans travelled with his French wife Bernadette and baby daughter Star to the upper peninsula of Michigan. Hans was employed by US Engineering, including working on the Mackinac Bridge, and after several years, the company transferred him to Kansas City. Hans started working for Reeves Wiedeman and welcomed his two sons Rick and Mark in the early 1960s. Hans became very involved in coaching youth soccer and Boy Scouts. Soon after, Hans and Bernadette were invited to become members of the Germania Club of Kansas City. They enjoyed many, many years with the club including Hans serving as Hofmarschall, and participating with the Elferrat and the famed Mannerballet. Betty and Hans were selected as the Prinzenpaar in 1993, and they travelled to sister cities to celebrate Karneval with their friends across the country and around the world. Travelling was always a favorite pastime for both of them. Hans became a well loved figure at Werners Sausage Shop every Saturday serving up brats and animated conversation. Hans leaves behind his younger brother Rolf, his wife Hilde and cherished niece Nadja. Hans was proceeded in death by his beloved wife of over 60 years Betty, his parents, sister Marta and a younger brother that was lost during the war. He is survived by his children Star, Rick and Mark, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Hans was treasured by his neighbors and everyone who met him. He never knew a stranger and Hans will be dearly missed by all.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

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