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Taylor Community Remembers Paul Zurcher

  • Published: May 8, 2015 3:45PM
Paul Zurcher

Caption: Paul Zurcher

Longtime Taylor University friend and Board of Trustees Emeritus member Paul Zurcher died yesterday following a brief illness. He was 90.

Zurcher was born, raised and lived most of his life in Monroe, Indiana, a small town near Fort Wayne. He was a veteran of WWII and was honorably discharged after he was wounded in the line of duty. His purchase of a single-bay service station in Monroe in 1948 led to Best-One Tire & Service, one of North America's largest and most profitable tire distribution networks.

Zurcher’s service on Taylor University’s Board of Trustees included service on the steering committee for Taylor Tomorrow, which at the time was the largest and most successful capital campaign in Taylor University’s history.

He was also a veteran Sunday School teacher, having taught for more than 50 years, and was active in his community. Zurcher, who was also a popular speaker, shared what he referred to as his Nine Commandments for his life. They included:

1) Seek God’s friendship, fellowship, and guidance
2) Develop effective relationships
3) Treat everyone with honor, love, dignity and respect
4) Be self-disciplined and self-controlled
5) Do right things right
6) Be a positive person
7) Never compromise your integrity
8) Plan for tomorrow today
9) Live now, and live life wide open

In 2008 Taylor University recognized Zurcher’s lifetime of stewardship and faithful service to the Kingdom of God when it awarded him an honorary doctorate.

“Paul Zurcher was a beloved, wise counselor and mentor to me and many others in the Taylor University community,” said Dr. Eugene B. Habecker, Taylor’s President. “His humility, deeply Christ-centered perspective and his warm, gracious personality impacted us all. Paul’s impact on the Kingdom of God and specifically Taylor University is immeasurable.”

“Paul truly lived a life of faithful Christian stewardship, and he exemplified the ideal of one generation turning back to lend a helping hand to younger generations of Taylor students,” said Dr. Ben R. Sells, Taylor’s Vice President for Advancement. “Taylor is better because of Paul Zurcher and his family.”

He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Betty, along with two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 2015, in the First Mennonite Church in Berne with Pastor Mark Harris officiating. There will be no visitation prior to the service. Interment will follow at the MRE Cemetery in Berne with Military Graveside Honors to be conducted by the American Legion Post #468 in Berne.

Family & friends will be received from 12:00-9:00 p.m., Thursday and 6:00-9:00 p.m., Friday in the Family Life Center at the First Mennonite Church in Berne.