William Joseph Zuercher, 82, of Newton, died Monday (April 4, 2016) at the Newton Medical Center.
He was born on October 22, 1933 in Strong City, Ks., the son of Christian William and Katherine Louise Martin Zuercher. His family moved to Newton in 1938 where he attended school, graduating from Newton High School in 1952 and attending Bethel College.
Just prior to his teenage years, Bill took a major interest in Scouting and would become a Life Scout. He was able to attend the National Jamboree in Valley Forge in 1950. Through the years he would serve in several positions in the District which would cause him and his family to travel throughout the United States to many enjoyable events. Bill continued to be active in Scouting for many years. In 1970, he received the District 1 Distinguished Service Award.
While still in high school Bill began to work for the Santa Fe Railroad, ending his career as Railway Carman in October, 1995. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America and served in several positions.
Bill was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, serving on several church committees. He was also a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and the St. Mary’s Cemetery Board of Directors. Bill had also served eight years as a member of the Army National Guard based in Newton.
His first marriage was to Mary Jo Huebert on September 21, 1957. He later married the love of his life Lillian M. Theissen on June 19, 1964 in Newton. She died on December 19, 1995.
Survivors include son Jeff Zuercher and wife Linda of Wichita and Chris Zuercher and wife Lori of Newton; sister Lou Ann Vaughn and her husband Jim of Newton; and two grandsons Eric Carter of Bandera, Tx., and Sam Peterson of Pipe Creek, Tx.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents; daughter Margaret Louise Peterson; and son-in-law Mark Peterson.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be said at 7:00 P.M., Thursday (April 7, 2016) with the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 A.M., Friday (April 8, 2016) both at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newton. Interment will be in the Restlawn Gardens of Memory near Newton.
The casket will be open at the funeral home Thursday 1pm until 5pm.
A memorial has been established with St. Mary’s Scouting Program, the Arthritis Foundation, and Catholic Charities of Wichita, contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, Ks. 67114.
Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.