Zurcher receives Sagamore of the Wabash

Posted on Jul 11, 2014

Longtime Monroe businessman Paul Zurcher thought he was gathering with friends on Wednesday to celebrate his 90th birthday at the Back 40 Restaurant in Decatur.
While that was true, there was a much different gift waiting in the wings to honor the celebrated businessman. State Representative Matt Lehman was bearing a special gift from the state’s highest office. Lehman presented Zurcher with the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from Governor Mike Pence.
Celebrated for years as the state’s highest award, Lehman reminded those present that the text of the award is listed as, “Humanity in Living, his Loyalty in Friendship, his Wisdom in Council and his Inspiration in Leadership.”
The award was named after Native American Tribes and an individual that chiefs consulted with for advice.
Zurcher said following the meeting that he was totally shocked .
“I never expected an award like that,” said Zurcher. “I was raised a farm boy. First and foremost all of my life is my commitment to God. I have become the person that I am because of the presence of Jesus Christ in my life.
“The first of my commitments in my life is to seek God’s friendship for fellowship and guidance,” continued Zurcher. “I am grateful for our family. Success in life is when parents can see their children grow up and go out in the world and make their parents proud.
“Then it is very special to see your grandchildren grow up and make you proud,” added Zurcher.
Zurcher credited things he has learned from other people and his love of reading for much of his success.
“Most of all it is my commitment to God’s Word and Jesus Christ,” stated Zurcher. “We’ve been blessed. I am so grateful. The Lord receives the credit for any of the success that might be there.”
Zurcher said that his greatest joy has always been that of helping others succeed. Through growing partnerships, he helps individuals open the store of their dreams and guide the day-by-day operations.
Zurcher’s commitments have included service on the boards of Taylor University, town of Monroe, Swiss Village Retirement Community, Habitat for Humanity and numerous other organizations. He was named United Way Volunteer of the Year in 1996 and donated funds to help create the Adams Central Scholarship Program and the Monroe Little League baseball fields. He served on the auxiliary board of Adams Memorial Hospital, with a special study in determining the future of the hospital.
In 2008, he was awarded a Doctor of Business Administration Degree from Taylor University in recognition of his dedication to his community, his achievements in business and his support of others.
Zurcher recently said that it has always been exciting to him to be considered a role model.
“It’s exciting to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Zurcher. “Business, faith, good morality, those are the things that give real meaning to life.”


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