Paul Eugene Schurman, 86, a 60-year resident of Ridgefield, WA, died peacefully at home January 31, 2007. Born November 29, 1920 to Frank and Evangeline (Eckert) Schurman, Paul was raised on a farm in La Center, WA and graduated from La Center High School. He was deeply interested in clock and watch repair along with preserving antique farm equipment. Paul enjoyed using the old equipment, and his steam traction engines have been in many parades and at the Clark County Fair for many decades. He worked as a machinist in Portland, OR during WWII and furthered this by starting his own machine business in Ridgefield in 1957. ‘Paul Schurman Machine’ is still being run by Paul’s oldest son, Alan, and Alan’s daughter and son-in-law. Paul also served on the board of Pioneer School District, and was a member of the National Clock & Watch Association, and the Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association. Paul was preceded in death by his first wife, Edith (Hatfield) Schurman; daughter, Nancy Anne; brother, Clyde Schurman; and his sister, Helen Barclay. He is survived by his wife, Sue; sister, Florence; children, Alan, Frank, Dale, Lisa, Keith, and Misty; foster son, Cliff Benson; 16 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 4, 2007, 3:00pm, at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel, Vancouver, WA 98684. Memorials can be given to Antique Implements Society, Brooks, OR, c/o Alan Schurman, 23100 NE 10th Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642.
as published in the Columbian on February 2, 2007