Benjamin F. Zuercher

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Benjamin Franklin Zuercher, 85, of Garber, died Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m., on Thursday, June 28, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo, and one hour before services at church on Friday.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 29, at St. Joseph Catholic Church Elkader, conducted by Rev. John Haugen.

Interment will be at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Petersburg, at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 29.

Ben was born on Aug. 31, 1932, in Arlington, the son of Louis Sr. and Gladys Zuercher.

Ben received his education from the country schools and later from the Fayette public school. On April 21, 1954, Ben was united in marriage to Mildred Rose Althoff at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg. For many years, Ben farmed and drove truck in the construction industry. He was a long time member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Garber until it closed and since has been a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elkader. Ben enjoyed volunteering at George Meier Heritage Museum all the way up to this year; fishing, gathering and shelling nuts, telling stories and jokes and spending time with family and friends. 

Ben will be forever loved and cherished by his wife of 64 years, Mildred; children, Robert (Wynn) Zuercher, Joseph (Linda) Zuercher, Geralyn (Barbara) Zuercher, Wayne (Karen) Zuercher, Julie (Brian) Doeppke, Sue (David) Barmore, Douglas (Jennifer) Zuercher and Michael (Bridget) Zuercher; daughter-in-law, Cami Zuercher; 29 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Ben was preceded in death by his mother when he was three days old; father; uncle and aunt, Ben and Maude Chase, who helped raise Ben; brother, Louis Jr. who passed as a young boy and son, Lee Zuercher in 2009.

In lieu of flowers and all styles of sympathy, the family request that all memorials be mailed to Mildred Zuercher, 30508 Ivy Ave., Garber, IA 52048 to be distributed to various organizations that meant so much to Ben.

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