Tributes pour in for deceased Clay Electric worker

The Clay Electric Cooperative is grieving the loss of one of its employees who died on the job this week. 

In a statement posted online Clay Electric said lineworker William “Ziggy” Ziegenfelder, 56, died while working in the Gainesville service area on Tuesday.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss of one of our own,” said Clay Electric General Manager/CEO Ricky Davis. “My thoughts and prayers are with Ziggy’s family and his co-workers as we work together to process this tragedy.”

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Clay Electric did not disclose the exact location of the incident or what might led to Ziegenfelder’s death. 

“Ziggy was found unresponsive in a rural area in Alachua County and was unable to be revived by CPR,” the statement said, noting an investigation is ongoing. 

According to the statement, Ziegenfelder came to Clay Electric as a lineworker in 2018 after a 20-year career at Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU). The statement called him “a dedicated family man” who is survived by his wife Christy of Gainesville and 11 children.

That characterization was echoed by Ziegenfelder’s colleagues in tributes posted to Facebook. 

“To my friend and coworker William Ziegenfelder, you will never know what you meant to me,” wrote Micah Vuckovic. “God bless you and your family. Your honesty, loyalty, and reflection of a good family man and coworker has made a huge impact on my life and will never be forgotten.”

LuAnne Young said she will miss Ziggy. 

“He was a great man,” she wrote. “I feel blessed to have had him as a part of my linemen family.”

Clay Electric said it is working on “ways to help the family during this difficult time” and would release more information as it became available. 

GRU posted a statement to Facebook thanking Ziegenfelder for his 20 years of service and expressing condolences to his family on their loss. 

“If you would like to donate to the family, please go to and put “Ziggy” in the notes,” GRU posted

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