Howard E. Scharf

Howard E. Scharf, 81, of Belleville, IL, born Tuesday, March 8, 1927, in Stookey Township, Illinois, died Friday, February 20, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Scharf was a retired superintendent for Exterior Electric Shop at Scott Air Force Base. He was a WWII Army veteran, member of Concordia United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL, and member of the VFW and American Legion, both in Millstadt, IL.

He is preceded in death by:

  • Parents: William M. and Aurelia nee Ahrens Scharf
  • Sister: Shirley Jokisch
He is survived by:
  • Wife of 56 years: Margaret C. nee Hirbe Scharf
  • Children
    • Sandra M. (Jim) Bereitschaft of Millstadt, IL
    • Kerry H. (Carla) Scharf of Decatur, IL
    • Teresa M. Hagen of Belleville, IL
    • Angela (David) K. Rapp of Wildwood, MO
    • Cynthia A. Koehler of West Frankfort, IL
    • Scott W. (Tammy) Scharf of Millstadt, IL
  • Sisters
    • Marcella Mayer of Belleville, IL
    • Marie (James) Chide of LaMarque, TX
    • Ruth (Lester) King of Shiloh, IL
  • Grandchildren
    • Kristy Gagnebin
    • Jamie Bereitschaft
    • Jennifer Howard
    • Amy Koehler
    • Meghan Scharf
    • Caelan Rapp
    • Kambria Rapp
    • Sophia Scharf
  • Great-Grandchild: Cameron Howard
  • Many loving nieces, nephews and good friends
He made accomplishments in his life a challenge and was always looking for new projects to begin. Now he has met his final challenge with dignity and courage and so we entrust his care to the Lord.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois or Donor's Choice.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4-8 P.M., Sunday, February 22 at Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville, Illinois.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Monday, February 23, 2009 at Kurrus Funeral Home, with Pastor David Krueger officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, IL.