John Albert Scharf of Curtis, Nebraska, died February 6, 2018 at Parson’s House in Omaha at the age of 87. John died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
John was born August 20, 1930 in Curtis, Nebraska to William Adam Scharf and Florence Beatrice (Skaife) Scharf. He graduated high school in 1947 from the Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis. John attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where he was on the varsity wrestling team and an ROTC graduate. In 1952 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics, he married Doris Kendle, the love of his life. He served his country from 1952 – 1954 when he was honorably discharged. John, a 1st Lieutenant, was a forward observer with the Army’s 537th Field Artillery Battalion.
John was a devoted family man and felt blessed to be able to work closely with Doris and his kids on the farm. “Every man should be lucky enough to have a good dog, a good horse, and a good wife,” John said. “I got all three.” John was proud that all his children and grandchildren went to college. John was an avid hunter and horseman, enjoyed travel, was fond of water and snow skiing. He walked the Great Wall of China, traveled extensively throughout Europe, and took his entire family to South Africa. He took delight in staying very close to his children and grandchildren and often traveled to see extended family. John loved to read the paper and debate current events. He enjoyed dancing with his wife at the Elks club. He and Doris shared an active membership in their local bridge club for many years. John took satisfaction in being a good steward of the land and improving it for future generations. He was proud to have a top-quality cattle herd and raised Australian Shepherd puppies for nearly 30 years. John showed his love for Curtis by supporting many local community organizations including 4-H, the FFA, Teammates, Curtis EMT and the United Methodist Church of Curtis. John served on many church committees and was active in getting the new church built in 1990.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Doris (Kendle) Scharf, sister Kay Housley, brother-in-law Ed Lane, children John (Barb) Scharf, Debra Scharf, Bob (Gayle) Scharf, grandchildren Kristin Larson, Steven Scharf, Stephanie Eckles, Nichole McKendry, Kevin Scharf, William Scharf and Kacie Scharf, great grandchildren Brock and Pierce Larson, Madeline and Avaline Eckles, Kallon and Kinsley McKendry.
John was preceded in death by his parents, sister Rosalie Doyle, sons William and Gary, grandson Scott Scharf, brothers-in-law Mert Housley, Bob Doyle, and Donald Kendle, sisters-in-law Phyllis Kendle and Shirley Lane.
Visitation will be held Friday, February 9th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Blase-Wetzel-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Curtis. The family will attend visitation from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 10th at 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church of Curtis. Graveside service will be held at the Curtis Cemetery.
Please direct memorials to the Curtis EMT or the Curtis United Methodist Church.