Paul I. Wurzbacher, 95, of Sabetha died Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the Apostolic Christian Home in Sabetha. He was born on January 18, 1917 the son of DeWitt and Katie (Norrie) Wurzbacher on the family farm west of Sabetha. He attended Tranquil School and graduated from Sabetha High School.
He was inducted into the Army on February 3, 1942 and served in the 568 th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion in the Pacific Theater and participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima. He was discharged on October 29, 1945. He was a life member of the VFW Post #7285 of Sabetha, being the first Commander of the Post in 1946, and a life member of DAV Post #KS at Topeka, Kansas.
In 1947, he went to work as a Deputy State Fire Marshal in the State Fire Marshal Department in Topeka.
Paul was united in marriage on October 29, 1949 at Osawatomie, Kansas to Maxine Webber of Webber, Kansas. In 1950 they moved to Sabetha and farmed in partnership with his parents until their deaths and continued farming until retirement in 1982 and then moving into Sabetha in 1988.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ruth James; a brother, Wilbur Wurzbacher; two daughter-in-laws, Sharon Wurzbacher and Mary Wurzbacher. He is survived by his wife, Maxine Wurzbacher of Sabetha; two sons, Larry Wurzbacher of Atchison, Kansas and Ray Wurzbacher of Palm Bay, Florida and four grandsons and one granddaughter, three great granddaughters and two great grandson.
Funeral service will be Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the Popkess Mortuary Chapel in Sabetha. The interment will be made in the Sabetha Cemetery with military honors conducted by the VFW Post #7285 of Sabetha. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sabetha Nutrition Center or the Apostolic Christian Home, sent in care of the funeral home, 823 Virginia, Sabetha, KS 66534.