Joseph K. Scherr

Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph K. Scherr, 91, of Aberdeen, was at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Aberdeen. Interment with military honors followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Joe was born December 31, 1929 to Leonard and Theresa (Reinbold) Scherr at Strasburg, N.D. He was baptized at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Strasburg. As a youngster, the family moved to a farm west of Roscoe. He was raised on the farm and attended country school.

He worked on the family farm and was drafted into the United States Marine Corp in December of 1951. He served in the Marines during the Korean War and was discharged as a Private First Class in December of 1953. Joe was very proud of his service to his country.

Upon his honorable discharge from service, he returned to South Dakota and went to work for his uncle in the roofing business in Rapid City. Joe was married to Marcella Louise Malsom on June 1, 1954. They made their home on a farm near Hosmer where he raised cattle and grains. They continued to farm and raise their family of 11 children.

In March of 1981, they sold the farm and moved to Aberdeen where he started Scherr Apartments. Besides maintaining his apartments he worked in the maintenance department at St. Luke's Hospital for ten years. He retired from St. Luke's in 1993 and sold his apartments in 2011.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Aberdeen and formerly of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hosmer. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus in Aberdeen.

In his spare time he enjoyed playing cards and was master of Whist and Pinochle. His family brought him great joy and he loved to keep up with his large families activities.

Joe died Monday, January 18, 2021, with his son at his side, at Bethesda Home in Webster.

Thankful for sharing in his life are his wife of over 66 years, Marcella of Webster; daughters, Karen (Bill) Stark of Lowry, Minn., Joan Weisser of Aberdeen, Connie (Brad) Schweitzer of Aberdeen and Elaine (Mike) Ellerbusch of Britton; sons, Mark (Jacque) Scherr of Ft. Worth, Tex., Brian (Leah) Scherr of Ukiah, Calif., David Scherr of Aberdeen, Randy (Mary) Scherr of Webster, Ron Scherr of Rapid City, Todd (Shayla) Scherr of Rapid City; 23 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Sebastian (Marion) Scherr of Roscoe and Kasper (Jeanette) Scherr of Aberdeen; sisters, Rosemary (Peter) Kocher of Hague, N.D., Barbara Hoerner of Aberdeen, Lorraine (Marvin) Uhrich of Roscoe, and Violet (Gene) Horn of Watertown; as well as a multitude of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Joseph in 1967; sister Genny and brother Leonard.

Services with Gramm Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memories may be shared at .


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