Charles D. Zurman, 86
Charles D. Zurman, 86, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Philadelphia, Pa., passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at home, in the care of his wife.
Born in Eddystone, Pa., Zurman was proud to serve in the Navy during World War II, and was on deck aboard the BB63, USS Missouri, in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese Instrument of Surrender was signed ending the War in the Pacific. Zurman was a life member of the VFW and American Legion, a member of Post 28, and was very active in Mary Mother of Peace Roman Catholic Church. He was a Promise Keeper and a Cursillo host. He was known to enjoy bowling, fishing and boats, and was remembered for helping many people.
Zurman was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Agnes Macindoe Zurman; a daughter, Cathy Rotay in 1987; his brother, Louis Zurman; and two sisters, Mary Czach and Grace Henry. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Powers Zurman; three children, Sandy Atemus and her husband, Richard, of Newark, Nancy Bair and her husband, William, of Fulsom, Pa.; and Debbie Diamond and her husband, Joseph, of Aston, Pa; a son-in-law, Raymond Rotay; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many extended family members and friends. He also leaves two canine friends, Nacho and Dixie, whom he rescued from Hurricane Katrina.
A viewing and visitation was scheduled for friends and family Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington Street in Millsboro, Del. A mass of Christian burial was also scheduled for noon on Jan. 12, at Mary Mother of Peace Roman Catholic Church on Route 24, Millsboro, with arrangements by Watson Funeral Home. Interment with military honors was to follow, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested contributions to Compassionate Care Hospice; 28467 DuPont Blvd., Unit 6, Suite 6; Millsboro, DE 19966.