Robert Max Scharf

Feb. 22, 2018


Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Robert Max Scharf, age 83, of Centerfield, passed away Feb. 14, 2018 in Gunnison of complications from a fall.  

He was born Nov. 12, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois, a son of Richard Fritz and Grete Sophie Mathilda Tegtmeyer Scharf. He graduated from Lindblom High School and the University of Michigan.

He married the love of his life, Dorothy “Dot” Gene Strothman, June 2, 1956 in Palos Park, Illinois.

Robert was not a member of any particular church, be he very much enjoyed genealogy and he taught LDS church members in California how to research their ancestry.  He was an Eagle Scout and got his award from Eddie Rickenbacker. 

He was a forester and worked for the forest service in California for over 30 years. He fought many forest fires and planted tens of thousands of trees. 

He made lots of memories with his four sons, hiking through the mountains in California. 

He could fix anything.  His welding skills were used to rebuild a drama theater and fix the Patton House in Springville, California.   He rebuilt two model A cars from the ground up.  He started a Model A Club in California.  He also built a 1956 Fordson Major tractor.

He loved his wife very much.  They had a relationship that people strived for. 

Robert is survived by his beloved wife, Dot, of Centerfield; two sons: Bill and Diana Scharf of Rosemead, California; Robert and Jennifer Scharf of Centerfield; 14 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons: James Scharf and Richard Scharf; a grandson: Brannon Scharf; and a great-granddaughter: Rebekah Nelson.

At his request, his remains have been cremated and private family services have been held under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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