Sure Crop Founder, Don Schurman, passed away December 6, 2018. Don discovered through research on his own farm ground, that simply applying more and more fertilizer to his fields didn’t necessarily yield better results. Rather, balancing soil nutrient levels was the key to healthier, more productive soils. His findings ignited a passion to help others find success with their own crop production goals. Don and his wife, Shirley, began Ag Connection Sales, Inc that would later become formally trademarked as Sure Crop. Today, Sure Crop is still family owned and operated by Don’s wife Shirley and their children Cory, Monae and Shanon. Their intention is to continue with Don’s legacy and strive to live up to the Sure Crop mission statement:
To help growers grow abundant and quality crops while preserving and improving the soils they steward.
Donald Schurman, 73, of Seneca, loving husband, dad and grandfather, passed away peacefully at Life Care Center, Seneca, Thursday, December 6, 2018.
Don was born in Seneca on November 15, 1945 to Lawrence and Nora (Wichman) Schurman.
He attended St. Peter and Paul Catholic School and graduated in 1963. He was actively involved in his church as an usher, participating in Eucharist Adoration since its inception in the 1990’s, and working with Marriage Prep and CCD classes.
On April 24, 1965, he married Shirley Heinen at St. Bede’s Catholic Church in Kelly. The couple celebrated 53 years of marriage, a partnership of love, faithfulness and working together.
Don was a life-long farmer. He began farming with his father as a teenager. At 16, after his dad was injured in a farm accident, he took on managing his Dad’s farm work. As a young married couple, Don and Shirley purchased a farm at Circleville, lived on a rented farm at Kelly and also did custom farming.
In 1968, they moved to Emmett, KS, where they continued to rent and do custom farming. In 1971, they moved back to the family farm at Seneca.
In 1978-80, Don lobbied for agriculture in Washington DC. His tractor, representing Nemaha County farmers, journeyed to Washington DC the winter of 1979. He served several years on the national board of directors for National Farmers Organization in the 1980s.
In 1984, ever curious to understand soils and be a better steward of farm land, Don & Shirley established Ag Connection Sales, Inc. and began working with growers throughout the Midwest to improve soil fertility. Don attended many conferences and seminars learning about sustainable agriculture. He did countless field trials, conducted numerous field days and seminars, sharing with growers how to produce quality crops and improve soils.
Don’s health was challenged in 2004 with a stroke. He was pleased to see his family continue his work, marketing Sure Crop Fertilizers. For ten years, 2004 to 2014, he was still able to, and greatly enjoyed, traveling with Shirley in their motorhome, visiting the growers across the United States, who had also became dear friends.
Don was a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, St. Joseph’s Society and the Knights of Columbus, Council 1769. His hobby was collecting antique tractors and toy tractors. But his greatest enjoyment, besides his family, was always improving soils and watching crops grow.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Natalie, born August 1, 1966 and died November 11, 1966. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Seneca, children Cory (Deanna) Schurman of Steamboat Rock, Iowa, Monae (Doug) Schmelzle of Seneca and Shanon Schurman of Seneca; five grandchildren, Stacy (Jake) Murphy, Jon (Mariah) Schurman, Lucas (Michaela) Schmelzle, Sydney and Colby Schmelzle and great grand-daughter, Ellery Murphy.
The Divine Mercy Chaplet, sang by Katie Nordhus, and Rosary were prayed for Don at St. Peter and Paul Church on Monday, December 10, 2018. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Fr. Arul Carasala on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at St. Peter and Paul Church with Terry Nordhus as organist & Cyril Steinlage as soloist. Don was laid to rest in St. Bede’s Catholic Cemetery.
The draping of the pall was done by Don’s wife and children. The gift bearers were granddaughters, Stacy Murphy and Sydney Schmelzle. Eucharist Minister was Doug Schmelzle and Lector was Michaela Schmelzle.
Pallbearers were Lucas Schmelzle, Colby Schmelzle, Jon Schurman, Russell Hubbard, Todd Heinen, and Ron Heinen.
Memorials for St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church’s Stained Glass Window Fund may be sent in care of the family.
As part of the services, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Rosary were prayed for Don at St. Peter and Paul Church. To read the Divine Mercy Chaplet, click below.