Billy J. Zercher, 17, passed away May 23, 2004. Survived by his parents, Burnie and Pam Zercher of the family home in Beulah; siblings, Danielle (David) Story of Colorado City, Julie (Nathan) Terrell, Kimberly, Timothy, Andrew and Joy Zercher, all of Beulah; grandparents, Reverend Bill and JoAnn Morris of Beulah, Jacob and Mary Zercher of Colorado Springs; great-grandmother, Hazel Price of Santa Ana, Calif.; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, two nephews and many friends. Billy was born October 18, 1986, in Pueblo. He played on the Pueblo County Hornets' hockey team, was an ultimate frisbee pro, and enjoyed racquetball. He loved music, playing his guitar and more than anything else he loved the Lord Jesus. Member of New Heights Baptist Church. Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, May 27, 2004, at New Heights Baptist Church, 3304 Baltimore, with Pastors Vic Johnson and Dave Grossman officiating. Burial at a later date at the Zercher Ranch Cemetery in Beulah. Those who desire may make memorials to Billy Zercher Memorial Fund through the funeral home. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Dear Burnie, Pam and Family,
    We were so devastated to hear of the tragis loss of Billy. Your family has always been such a loving witness of true Christian values, and your strong faith will help you through this. We are holding you in our hearts and keeping you in our daily thoughts. A special hug to you children on the loss of your brother.
    We love you,
    Bill & Dorothy Tarpley

  2. Dear Pam, Burnie, Danielle, Julie, Kimberly, Timothy, Andrew, Joy, and Grandparents, Our family is praying for your family. We are so sorry for your great loss. We all remember Billy from Knoxville (and Pam’s bragging 🙂 Love, the Minnesota Johnsons.

  3. Dear Zercher Family,
    I just want you to know how much we care about your lost. You must have felt proud to hear all the wonderful things Billy’s friends had to say about him. I know that he will be greatly missed. It was so good to see a family so unabashedly proclaim their love for the Lord and to see the results of the upbringing you gave Billy. Pam, I was proud of you for getting up and speaking under what had to be the most difficult of circumstances. I would have liked to been able to give you and the girls each a hug, but there were SO many people there. Bernie, I appreciated your greeting each guest at the door. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to see one of your children go on before you. And I know that you know that he is in good hands. Our prayers are with you.

    Love,

    Chuck & Marylou Greene

  4. Dearest Pam and Burnie,

    You and your children have always been a source of inspiration and admiration. We are devastated by your loss. Just know that our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

    You need not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there, I do not sleep.

    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond’s glint on snow,
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.

    When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight,
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.

    With all our Love,

    Chip & Marie

  5. Every time coach would say “On the goaline boys” everybody would moan and graon. Although the skates were hard and long everybody always finished, and I remember Billy’s spot on the goaline was right next to mine and we shared those hour long skates on the goaline together and I am going to miss having billy right next to me telling me “good job.”

  6. Bernie, Pam and family may the Lord wrap His arms around all of you during this time and give you comfort and strength. We’re praying for you. Your friends in Christ, Don & Jody Sniff.

  7. Dear Burnie and Pam: There is nothing that can be said at a time like this. Just know you are in our prayers

  8. We will remember you in our prayers during this difficult time. Billy will always be in our heart and thoughts as we cherished his enthusiasm for life. May the Lord bless and keep him. Sincerely,
    Leon and Sherrie Gil and family

  9. Burnie, Pam & family – There is no way we can even begin to know or feel the pain you are going through. We are so very sorry for the loss of Billy, he was one of the cutest kids I know. I remember him in church with his little suspendered shorts & big eyes. He was quiet, but you could see the ornery boy in him. It seems like just yesterday, but it has been a few years! You should be proud of your children & the witness they are.

    I am so glad we have the Lord to lean on during difficult times, only HE can guide us through the storms of life.

    We will continue to pray for your strength & peace.

    Love in Christ
    Steve, Teri, Chris & Chad Borgstedt

  10. Bernie, there’s no way we can know the pain you are going through, but Jesus does. He said “I will never leave you nor forsake you…”. Please know you are in our prayers and that, as senseless as the situation seems, God still has a plan for you and your family. We pray for you for wisdom to get through this and the strength to go on. You are not alone. “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that you may have life, and have it more abundantly”.

    In His Love,

    Roger & Chris Brown
    Pueblo West.

  11. To the parents of Billy,
    I’m so sorry for what has happened. Billy was a great friend and truly a great guy. It was an honor to play with him out on the ice, it truly was a pleasure. I am very glad I got to be friends with him.
    Brett Sloan

  12. So sorry to hear about your loss. Old friends are forever. You will always remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Burnie and Pam,
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this tragic time. As you know, we’ve been through this twice and while many can say “We know how you feel” we are unfortunately part of that “club” that DOES know how you feel. Believe me that this terrible hurt and pain will pass. It will never go away completely and to this day when I drive by the cemetery where Tim is buried I get a lump in my throat. Perhaps the following poem which we received after Betsy’s death will help.

    “I’ll lend you for a little while a child of mine”, God said,
    “for you to love the while he lives, and mourn for when he’s dead.

    It may be for one or seven years, or thirty two or three;

    but will you, ‘til I call him back, take care of him for me?

    He’ll bring his charms to gladden you; but should his stay be brief,

    you’ll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief.

    “I cannot promise he will stay, since all from Earth return,

    but there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn.

    I’ve looked the wide world over, in my search for parents true,

    and from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes, I have selected you.

    “Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labor vain,

    not hate me when I come to call him back again?”

    God fancied that He heard them say, “Dear Lord, Thy will be done;

    for all the joy Thy child will bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.

    “We’ll shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may,

    and, for the happiness we have known, forever grateful stay:

    but shall the angels call him much sooner than we’d plan,

    we’ll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.”

    Edgar A. Guest

    All our love Mike and Susan

  14. Dear Pam & Bernie,

    My heartfelt sympathy to you both. We just returned from Los Angeles last night after services for my father-in-law but he was 86 years old. So sad to lose a young person. My prayers are with you and your beautiful family.
    Love, Carol Harkias,
    Assistant Governor,
    Western Eagle Valley Rotary Club

  15. Dear Bernie and Pam,

    We were so sorry to hear of the death of your son. Over the years we have known each other you have given me the impression of Billy as a great son. Please know that we are thinking of you and again are very saddened at your loss.

    May the sun shine again for you soon.

    With sympathy,
    Kenneth, Maria and the Fox Family

  16. We will all miss Billy he was a great person and a great friend as well. He is in our prayers as well as the rest of the Zercher family.

  17. Burnie & family- all of Local 20 and Local 58 have you in our prayers each moment during this tragic time. please do not hesitate to contact me if i can be of some assistance. tom enrietta

  18. Betty and I are saddened by your loss of Billy. We first saw it on the news here, then the email confirmed it. Losing kids is always tragic. You are in our prayers. Warren and Betty Hill, PDG

  19. Billy was such a great kid. He could always brighten the darkest room. I am truly going to miss him and his smile and watching him play hockey. It is so sad when something this terrible happens to someone so great. He was too young.

    To his family: I am truly sorry for your loss. He was a great kid and will always be in my heart. My prayers are with you.

  20. Dear Burnie & Pam,

    Words do not seem adequate at a time like this. Please know that you & your family are in our thoughts & prayers.

    With Sincere Sympathy,
    Scott, Sharon, & Brandie Calhoun

  21. Burnie, Pam and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about Billy. I have great memories of babysitting him and how he would fall asleep in my arms. I so enjoyed my days with your family. You’re in my prayers.

    Love,
    Cindy

  22. Dear Bernie, Pam, and all,

    Know that we have been praying for you and Billy. We know that you will be grieving for awhile. We still grieve over the death of our son, Tom, who died in 1987. But most of the hurt will go away eventually. God Bless you.

    Love, Bill and Norene

  23. Bernie, Pam, Jo Ann and Bill: There are few words that one can say at a time like this, but I send my profound sympathy to you and all of your immediate family. May our Loving Lord continue to be near each of you. Bob

  24. My prayers are with you. May God wrap his arms around all of you and keep you close during this time of sorrow.

    Sincerly,

    Gina Heath
    Premier Mortgage

  25. WHILE I DIDN’T PERSONALLY KNOW BILLY THAT WELL, I DO KNOW PEOPLE WHO KNEW HIM MUCH BETTER. FROM WHAT I KNOW HE WAS A KIND GENTLE SOUL FULL OF THE LORDS LOVE. GOD BLESS HE AND HIS FAMILY…………

  26. Billy has been a strong positive influence to the Pueblo County High School hockey team and the Christian teens in Pueblo. When he called to invite Andrew to a bible study, his conversation with me created a special feeling in my heart! We will deeply miss him.

  27. 10/9/04 Burnie, Pam and Family, We don’t know if you’ll get this message, but, we just found out about the accident and Billy’s death. Even though it’s been almost 5 months we wanted to convey our condolences to all of you. We haven’t seen any of you for several years, but we are all part of God’s family and our hearts grieve over your loss. We remember Billy as such a sweet little boy, and from the postings we have read it seems that he grew into a wonderful young man. Take care, you will all be in our prayers. Gene, Renee, Tina & Jordan Dwyer

  28. My deepest sympathy and prayers to your family at this time. Pam, thank you for sharing on the mom’s loop so that we can all pray. Please keep sharing; though the grief will be hard there are so many of us who consider it a privilege to pray for you until you see your son again on the other side.

    Love in Christ,

    Vicki Binder
    Pasadena, MD
    WS 3

  29. (WS2)I have cried through every post about your son. The years were too few, but the love was obviously great. I am very sorry beyond words at the loss of you son. Even yesterday, I saw a small flock of wild turkey on the side of the road as I drove to prayer meeting. I have never even seen wild turkey before in Illinois. I immediately thought of Billy.

  30. Dear Pam and Burnie, Praying for you all.

    Jenny WS1

    PS Thank-you for supplying us with the link to Billy’s obitchuary.

  31. May God bless you with His peace. May God bless you with His Comforter (Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5: 4).

    After reading about Billy and his love and devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ, there is hope that, through his death, the young men he played ice hockey with will come to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Losing a child is not easy. The grieving process may be long but the Lord Jesus Christ is with you throughout the whole process. Hold on to your joy. Keep in the forefront of your grief that Billy is with the Lord (weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30: 5b).

    My heart cries with you. I pray that your family will feel the comforting arms of the Lord Jesus Christ holding you with His tender mercies.

    Love in Christ,
    Kate
    WS-1

  32. We didn’t know Billy but we are all members of the body of Christ through rebirth. We look forward to meeting him someday and he will surely tell us how blessed He is now that he has been spared the heartaches of this life. May God Himself comfort those he leaves behind with His Precious Presence and with many hugs each day onward.

  33. What a wonderful photo of your precious son! Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. May the many memories you have of Billy bless you abundantly as you lean into the Lord for strength over his home going. With compassion, The Brent Elliott Family

  34. What a wonderful photo of your precious son! Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. May the many memories you have of Billy bless you abundantly as you lean into the Lord for strength over his home going. With compassion, The Brent Elliott Family

  35. Dear Pam and family,
    We have read your story on WS 4. We are praying for all of you and our hearts go out to you. Thank God that Billy knows Jesus. I don’t know how anyone could ever get through something like this without Jesus. Keep talking to us about your son whenever you have the desire. Even though we don’t know each other, we are sisters in Christ.
    Love, Mary

  36. May the Lord strengthen your life as you learn to live without Billy and the dreams you had for his life. Laura Crone

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