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Richard L. Zuercher


1958 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Richard L. Zuercher Obituary
Zuercher, Richard L.Richard L. Zuercher, 56, of Northampton passed away suddenly Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg. Richard was the dedicated husband of Alice M. (Fisher) Zuercher, whom he adored, cherished, and loved tremendously. They would have celebrated 37 years of marriage on October 29th. Born on July 11,1958 in Allentown Richard was a beloved son of Francis R. and Margaret J. (Schulter) Zuercher of Bath. His loyalty to them was limitless, he truly respected, admired, and cared for them, as he did for his entire family. He was our Pillar; his family was the most important to him. Throughout his life, Rick as he was known by all dabbled in all things that little boys dream of. A lifelong toy train enthusiast, he built a solid reputation for having a deeply rooted knowledge base in all things toy train related. He was a highly respected member of the TCA, and was most recently assisting in cataloging and preparing auctions for Maurer's Auction House in Pottsville, PA. For years he traveled the toy train circuit making many friends that will miss him greatly. Early on Rick was self-employed as a Corvette restoration specialist, restoring and repairing hundreds of Chevrolet Corvettes for many clients, moving onto muscle cars in later years. He was an artist in his own right, and was appreciated for his attention to detail in all things toy and car related. His entrepreneurship skills enabled him to be the devoted stay at home dad for his only child, daughter Rachel. Balancing the delicate nature of life, he taught her daily all he could and was able to pass on a mutual love of helping homeless animals, creativity, and life in general. His devotion carried on to his grandsons and son-in-law who will enable him to shine on forever. Rick was the man that everyone loved to spend time with, there was never a conversation he wasn't heard in, or a story he couldn't tell with panache. He was a mentor to so many and he truly enjoyed his life with us. Rick will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to know him. Rick honorably served his country in the United States Air Force and continued his community involvement as a member and past president of the Northampton Area School Board. He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Bath, Pa. Survivors: his wife, Alice and parents, Francis and Margaret, daughter, Rachel L. Fine and her husband, Christopher N., 3 grandsons, Daniel C., Ryan L., and Christopher M., brothers, Robert and his wife Helen, of Slatington, Michael and his wife Lynda, of New Smithsville, Kevin and his wife Deanna, of Slatington, his sister, Cheryl, wife of Robert Adams, of Bath, brothers-in law, Barry and his wife Sharon, of Allentown, Perry and his partner, Esteban, of New York, Ronald Zweifel, of Allentown, sisters-in-law, Ardith Fisher, of Catasauqua, Suzanne, wife of Edward McCarthy, of Allentown, many nieces ,nephews, and cousins, several aunts and uncles, and his cherished dog, Brinkley. Richard was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Loretta E. Fisher, father-in-law, Robert Fisher Sr., brother-in-law, Robert Fisher Jr., a sister-in-law, Cynthia Zweifel, and most recently his beloved and treasured cat Shelby. Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 1st at 11:00 am in Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church 210 East Northampton St. Bath, Pa. Family and friends may call Thursday 6-9:00 pm and Friday 9:15 - 10:15 in the Reichel Funeral Home 326 E. 21st St. Northampton. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Allentown. The immediate family is requesting any friends interested to bring their corvette, muscle car, or hot rod to the funeral home on Friday morning for a final tribute run from the home through to the burial. Online condolences may be submitted to www.reichelfuneralhome.com. Contributions: Memorials may be presented to the Lehigh County Humane Society c/o funeral home.
Published in Morning Call on July 30, 2014
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