DeKALB – Bruce Edward Scherger, 73 of DeKalb, died in his home on Thursday, March 15, 2018. He was surrounded by his family and devoted caregiver after a long courageous battle with a debilitating disease.
He was born Dec. 26, 1944, in DeKalb to George and Grace (Hotchkiss) Scherger. In 1968, he married his wife, Ellen (Punkka) Scherger. Bruce was a graduate of Oregon High School, a member of Lighthouse United Methodist Church, the NRA, and the Winchester Club.
Bruce worked at Swift & Co. for 18 years while farming, until he and Ellen transitioned to farming full-time. They farmed in the Ashton/Franklin Grove area for the entirety of their marriage. Due to the support of friends and neighbors, he was able to remain involved in farming until the final stages of his life.
He was survived by his wife, Ellen; daughters, Andrea (Steve) Gargani of Genoa and Nicole (Jim) McAleese of St. Charles; one grandson, Nick Gargani; two step grandchildren; sister, Sandra Phalen of Mendota; brother, Keith Barrett of Mendota; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
His parents and an infant brother, Adrian Scherger preceded him in death.
Outside of his passion for farming, he also enjoyed antiquing with his wife. Some of his greatest times were spent watching his grandson play sports. He was his grandson’s number one sports fan. His family best reflects over his life with this quote by Helen G. Coon; “I guess when God needed folks to care for His earth He chose ‘just farmers’ ‘cause He knew their true worth.’”
A private service for immediate family will follow cremation. Memorial donations can be made in his name to Amyloidosis Foundation or Friends of the Nachusa Grasslands in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL. 60178.
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