Obit: Scharer, Dr. Galen R. Sr. (1924 - 2013)

Contact: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Anderson, Brahmer, Bredlau, Bucher, Elliott, Cornell, Gilbertson, Gummerson, Jarosh, Jarvis, Koehner, La Barge, Lindholm, Melbinger, Radtke, Scharer, Sutherlin, Torhorst, Turner, Wilke, Winkler

----Source: The Star News (Medford, WI) 08/23/2013

Scharer, Dr. Galen R. Sr. (28 APR 1924 - 15 AUG 2013)

Dr. Galen R. Scharer Sr., 89, Rib Lake, died on Thursday, Aug. 15 at Golden LivingCenter in Rib Lake, where he had resided the past two weeks, most recently under hospice care.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Aug. 19 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake, with Father Otto Bucher officiating. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Rib Lake with full military rites performed by the Rib Lake American Legion Military Honors Team. Active pallbearers are Tom La Barge, Dennis Brahmer, Jay Winkler, Barry Anderson, Kevin Radtke and Paul Wilke. Honorary pallbearers are Robert Bredlau, Celand Melbinger, James Gummerson Sr. and Dr. Art Jarvis.

Visitation will be held at the church on Sunday, Aug. 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. with a 6:45 Catholic prayer service, and on Monday from 9:30 until the time of service.

Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake assisted the family with arrangements.

Galen Scharer was born on April 28, 1924 in Rib Lake to the late Charles and Anna (Jarosh) Scharer. He attended Rib Lake elementary schools, Rib Lake High School, was a 1942 graduate of Monroe High School, attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a 1948 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He served in the United States Army in Germany from 1943 to 1946 during World War II.

On October 26, 1946 in Davenport, Iowa, he married Dorothy Koehner, who survives. After his education, he established a chiropractic practice in Owen, which he worked until his retirement in 1992. He also owned and operated Scharer Evergreen Farms in Rib Lake.

He was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Wisconsin Chiropractic Association, Owen Kiwanis Club, Owen Masonic Lodge, 64 year member of Owen and Rib Lake American Legion Clubs, Rib Lake Lions Club, Rib Lake Economic Development Committee, lifetime member of Rib Lake Historical Society, Rib Lake Fish and Game Association and volunteer member of the Rib Lake Community Club. He was a Wisconsin delegate to the International Chiropractic Association, a city council member of Owen, served on the Mid Wisconsin Bank board and the Owen/Curtiss State Bank board, and was co-founder of Camp 28 Saloon Bunkhouse and Cook Shanty in Rib Lake. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, music and his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two children, Debbie (Mike) Turner of Rib Lake and Dr. Galen (significant other Cheryl Torhorst) Scharer II of Wausau; five siblings, Betty Elliott, Bob Gilbertson and Steve Gilbertson, all of Elderon, and Sharon (Merle) Cornell and Mike (Georgia) Gilbertson, both of Appleton; five grandchildren, Char Ann Sutherlin, Kimberly (Doug) Lindholm, Dr. Justin (Tina) Scharer, Dr. Brandon (Christy) Scharer and Dr. Nathan (Krista) Scharer; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the family for future designation.

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