Alvin R. ‘Al’ Scheele, Sr., age 70 of Lima, died at 7:25 p.m., Friday, October 30, 2009 in St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. He was born July 14, 1939 in Bluffton, Ohio. He is the son of Arven B. and Ruth P. Fousts Scheele. Both parents are deceased. He married Violet M. Dawson Martin, who survives.
Other survivors include children – Ed (Amy) Scheele of Hudson, Wisconsin; Joe (Rita) Scheele of Phoenix, Arizona; Tammy (David) Holmstrom of Boston, Massachusetts; Alvin (Earlene) Scheele, Jr. of Clarksville, Tennessee; Bill (Jody) Scheele of Lima; Dorothy Sue (Tom) Sharrock of Galion, Ohio; and Emily (Rodger) Randall of Phoenix, Arizona; grandchildren – Becky, Kenny, Jake, David, Nicole, Stacia, Michelle, Tyler, Rachael, William, Sally, Robert, and Jennifer; 15 great grandchildren; Siblings – Elverta (Wilbur) Molitor of Russells Point, Ohio; Edna (John) Amstutz of Wayne, Ohio; Rex (Judy) Scheele of Lakeview, Ohio; and Reva Hoelscher of Belton, Texas; 1 nephew – Frank (Vicki) Dawson of Lima; a niece – Rachelle (Joe) Boheneski of Wapakoneta.
He was preceded in death by 2 great grandchildren; 2 brothers – Ned Scheele and Ted Scheele.
Mr. Scheele was a retired maintenance manager with the U. S. Post Office in Lima. He was a member of the St. Matthew Lutheran Church where he was very active in the church and was a former member of the St. Matthew Lutheran Church Cemetery Board.
He volunteered much of his time to the church, the Master Gardeners Club, the Gardeners of Lima; and the Johnny Appleseed Parks. He held a strong conviction for giving back to the community.
He was a Fort Shawnee Councilman, a life member of the Elk Lodge of Lima; an associate member of the Knights of Columbus; a member of the Eagles Lodge, and a former member of the Lima Noon Optimist. He was the first Charter President of the Mended Hearts. He had been an Eagle Scout and a member of the Elida Lions Club.
He was very involved in coaching little league and softball. He pitched horse shoes in national championships, enjoyed bowling and playing golf. He was a great Ohio State fan.
He had a great love for the outdoors, enjoying Morel mushroom hunting, fishing, and hunting. He was known for his home made maple syrup, apple butter, sugar popcorn, and ice cream.
One of his most favorite events was hosting his annual hog roast and entertaining his guests.
Funeral services will begin 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 6, 2009 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Pastor James C. Couser will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Matthew Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 Wednesday and 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday at the Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville; and one hour prior to services at the church Friday.
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Matthew Lutheran Church or the Johnny Appleseed Parks.
Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Date: Thursday, November 5, 2009
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Date: Friday, November 6, 2009
Time: 9:00 am
Date: Friday, November 6, 2009
Time: 10:00 am