1971 ~ MR. AND MRS. RICK SHUR ~ 2021
Rick and Mary, daughter of Arnold and Valinda Roedel, Shur were married at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth, MI on January 2, 1971. Their wedding reception was at the UAW hall in Saginaw. Rick served in the U.S. Navy 1965-1969 with three tours of Vietnam and obtained the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class. With an honorable discharge, he was hired by the United Parcel Service (UPS) as a delivery driver. Mary was attending Tri-City Beauty School where she met Rick’s mom, who asked for her phone number, yes, this started it all for them. Three weeks later, Rick proposed. Seven months later they married. After almost seven years with UPS, Rick attended the International School of Evangelism (ISE) in Pontiac, MI. A year later, their family of two young daughters, Jody (John Resch, children: Mitchell, Cassidy, Zane and Zoe) and Angela Roution Roy (Lynn Roy, children: Austin; children: Gabriella, Giuliana, Lukah), Mercedes and Meriah (Travis Graham, child-Rosalie) became house parents at Shults-Lewis Children’s Home in Valparaiso, IN. Rick graduated from ISE and became the Development Director for Shults-Lewis Children’s Home. Rick and Mary fostered 37 children and in the latter part of eight years, they had two more daughters, Tonya (Matt VanBenschoten, children: Alexander, Benjamin, Cameron, Deanna, Emma, Felicity and Grant) and Danielle Schur. In 1984, they went to Turley Children’s Home in Tulsa, OK. Mary became his development assistant. In 1989, they worked for Potter Children’s Home in Bowling Green, KY. Twelve years later, they attended college with their daughters at Western Kentucky University where Rick majored in geoscience and Mary in advertising, minor in graphic design. While in his final year (2005) at WKU, World Bible School learned of Rick’s fundraising abilities and asked if he would work for them in Advancement, now Estate Planning. Their life travels have included parts of Europe, South Africa and India. Along with their four daughters, they have 14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.