Paul Zurcher, the Monroe businessman who founded Zurcher Tire and has overseen its growth to include more than 250 stores and retail outlets today, holds the Sagamore of the Wabash award he was presented Wednesday during a surprise 90th birthday party in his honor.
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Paul Zurcher’s quiet lunch was rudely interrupted Wednesday.
Well, maybe not so rudely.
The longtime Monroe businessman and philanthropist thought he was going to lunch with a longtime friend. What he didn’t know was that, awaiting his arrival in a side room at the Back 40 Restaurant, was a host of family and friends — all of whom had gathered to help Zurcher celebrate his 90th birthday.
And a special guest, bearing a special gift, was also in their midst.
State Rep. Matt Lehman was on hand to present Zurcher the coveted Sagamore of the Wabash award from Gov. Mike Pence.
The Sagamore of the Wabash is the highest distinction in Indiana that can be bestowed by the governor. “Sagamore” was a term used by native American tribes of Indiana to describe a lesser chief or a great man among the tribe whom the chief consulted for wisdom and advice. The Wabash is the state river of Indiana.
Lehman, who had nominated the Monroe businessman for the honor, said Zurcher embodied all the attributes identified in the body of the text contained on the award — “Humanity in Living, his Loyalty in Friendship, his Wisdom in Council, and his Inspiration in Leadership.”
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