Benjamin Zuercher

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Benjamin Zuercher
August 31, 1932 to June 23, 2018

Benjamin Franklin Zuercher, 85, of Garber, IA, died Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. He was born on August 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 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. He also enjoyed 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 3 days old; his 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.
Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo, IA where the family will receive friends from 2 to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 28, 2018, and one hour before service at church. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church Elkader, IA, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2018, with the Rev. John Haugen officiating. Interment was at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Petersburg, IA 1:30 p.m.. Friday, June 29, 2018.
In lieu of flowers and all styles of sympathy, the family requests 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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