Cyril Scherder, age 90, of Bowling Green passed away Nov. 12, 2014 at his home in Bowling Green.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 17, at the St. Clement Catholic Church with Fr. Bill Peckman officiating. Burial was in the St. Clement Cemetery. Visitation was held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green.
Cyril was born Jan. 30, 1924, the son of Fred and Eleanor (Orf) Scherder, on a farm north of St. Clement. He was the third child of five boys of Fred and Eleanor.
On Sept. 10, 1952 at 8 a.m., at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Louisiana, he married Laura Mae Smith with Father C.J. Flavin officiating. She survives. Other survivors include three sons, Gary Scherder and wife Mary of Louisiana, David Scherder and wife Daniela of Frankford, Frederick Scherder and significant other Tina Shade of Bowling Green; five daughters, Dianne Oliver and husband Barry of Louisiana, Doris Graham and husband John of Clarksville, Rebecca Robertson and husband Ron of Winfield, Alice Scherder of O’Fallon, and Susan King of Bowling Green; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; two brothers, James Scherder and wife JoAnn of Bowling Green, Harry Scherder and wife Joyce of Bowling Green; brother-in-law Robert Schroeder formerly of Louisiana; sister-in-laws Lucy Burris of Bowling Green and Shirley Luebrecht of Bowling Green; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Cyril Louis Scherder Jr.; brothers Al Scherder and wife Peggy and Raymond Scherder and wife Babe; sister-in-law Bessie Schroeder (Smith); brother-in-laws Paul Luebrecht and Junior Burris; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Pete and Ermadell Smith.
Cyril attended Crow School first, second, and third grades, then went to St. Clement School for fourth through tenth grades. He rode his bicycle and pony to school. After attending St. Clement School, he had to walk two miles to catch a bus to attend Bowling Green High School, where he graduated from in 1941.
Cyril farmed with his father and brothers until 1952. He met Laura two years prior to their marriage. After marriage, Cyril and Laura first set up housekeeping in Louisiana. In November 1952 they bought a farm in Ashley. They have resided on this farm on Highway 161 and have raised their eight children. The farm had electricity, but no running water.
For heating they used wood and for cooking they used bottle gas. In 1958 a deep well was drilled and installed running water, and then a portable shower was put in. Cyril built a new home in 1967 and then had their first bathroom. All the children, except the youngest, Frederick, were raised in the old house.
Cyril was member of the St. Clement Catholic Church. He joined the Knights of Columbus on May 1, 1943 and was a fourth degree member of the St. Clement Knights of Columbus for 72 years. Cyril played fast pitch softball, bowled for a number of years, hunted in Colorado, and loved to pitch horseshoes. Family and friends all knew his love for croquet and how sometimes, he might cheat… He also enjoyed cards and pinochle tournaments, dominoes, and pitching washers. In Cyril’s earlier years he enjoyed dancing and good ol’ country music. He enjoyed FFA projects with farm steers, which were shown by FFA members at state and local fairs. He was also an avid bird hunter. Living on the farm, yet another familiar sight of limousin cattle in the pasture was another one of his passions.
Pallbearers were his grandsons Martin Scherder, Matthew Oliver, Bryan Oliver, Jason Graham, Joey Graham, Grant Scherder, and Bennie King.
Memorials may be made to the St. Clement Cemetery, Community Loving Care Hospice or donors’ choice.
On-line condolences may be left at www.muddveach.com.