Howard “Junior” Zurcher

April 3, 1939 - January 23, 2016
Howard  “Junior” Zurcher

Howard “Junior” Zurcher also known to some as Pop, age 76, of Wilmington passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born April 3, 1939 in Tabor City, North Carolina the son of the late Desi Zurcher and stepfather W.D. Fowler. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Maryann Zurcher.

Howard proudly served his country in the United States Coast Guard. As a man of deep faith, he served as a Deacon and was a dedicated member of Castle Hayne Advent Christian Church. After his time in the Coast Guard he became employed with Sea Merchants Grocery in Carolina Beach where he was a butcher by trade.
Howard enjoyed spending time with his close friends and family and could be found on most occasions somewhere fishing for spots or making crafts such as coke can airplanes, coffee can flowers and Popsicle crafts. His family will cherish most the memory of a man who was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather that put his family first always.

He leaves behind a loving wife of 58 years, Carolyn Zurcher; daughter, Kathy Mahle and husband Jerry; three sons, Steven Zurcher and wife Charlotte, Allan Zurcher and wife Denise and Eric Zurcher and wife Jessica; eight grandchildren, Tyler and Zack Bonito, Jerry and Stephen Mahle, Steven and wife Corrine and Cody Zurcher, Lidia and Abigail Zurcher; great grandchild; AJ Zurcher; two sisters, Annie Christian and Peggy Spaulding; one brother, Harry Fowler; and numerous other loving family and friends.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Castle Hayne Advent Church (across from General Electric) 2710 Hermitage Rd, Castle Hayne, NC 28429 with Pastor Randall Smith officiating.

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  • January 25, 2016
    Linda Register says:
    He was such a kind and gentle child of God. I will recall that sweet smile and sense of humor. He will be missed at church as he was there if the doors were open. To the family I just say "remember the good times and smile".

  • January 26, 2016
    Rev George C. Potter says:
    Family, what a "great man" Junior was. Always friendly, always smiling. Married to my cousin "Mickey" for as long as I can remember. He was a dedicated family man. Above all things he had a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ whom he is now in the very presence of. Family, take great comfort in knowing that one day we shall see him again. To God Be The Glory for the life of Junior Zurcher.

  • January 26, 2016
    Jeannie fowler price lit a candle:
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  • January 26, 2016
    Shelly Butler says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember him when I was younger. Prayers for the family .

  • January 26, 2016
    Lorie Rose White lit a candle:
    Lit since January 26, 2016 at 1:48:13 AM