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James G. Scherer

September 27, 1930 April 23, 2018
James G. Scherer
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Obituary for James G. Scherer

Peoria- James G. Scherer passed away peacefully at his home on Monday evening, April 23.   

He was born September 27, 1930 in Medford, Oregon to Howard and Gertrude Scherer with his siblings John Scherer, Mary Haller, and Sue Conner.

Already a generational family of Buick Dealers, Jim’s family sold one of their central Oregon dealerships in the late 20’s and moved to Iowa and eventually settling right here in Central Illinois 

Jim Scherer graduated St. Marks Elementary School (1944), Spalding High School (1948), and was a 1952 graduate of the University of Notre Dame.  Jim was drafted immediately after college and served in the United States Army stationed in Augusta, GA.  Jim primarily assisted the top commanders and their wives during his service giving them golf lessons and chauffeuring them around the base via golf cart.  While stationed in Augusta, Jim also attended the 1954 Masters where he saw sweet swinging Sammy Snead beat Ben Hogan in the 1954 Masters Championship.

After Jim's Army service, he returned to Cental Illinois and bought a small Buick dealership with his father in Pekin, IL. (1957).  He met the love of his life, Penelope Sherman, in 1965 and they married at St. Thomas Church in 1966.  They had 4 children, Jody Maske (Marc), Jill Vicary (Henry), Jolynn Robbins (Trey), and Jimmy Scherer (Eryn).

Through the years, Jim's success in the family automobile business resulted in the addition of Pontiac, Opel, Isuzu, Saturn, Mazda, and more recently Lincoln and Volvo.  Jim's dealerships grew into Pekin, North Pekin, Peoria, and Bloomington, IL.

Jim had the honor of serving many professional and community boards.  Most importantly to him were Children’s Hospital of Illinois and St. Thomas Church.  Jim was also very proud to be the recipient of the University of Notre Dame award of the year in 1999.

Jim was a loyal Cub fan and finally saw them win the World Series in 2016.  He loved everything about the University of Notre Dame, especially their legendary football team.  He loved his grandchildren Madilyn and Joseph Maske, Ben and Scott Robbins, Connor and Olivia Vicary, and Evan, Imogen, and Frankie Scherer.  He so loved our lord Jesus Christ whom he is now with.

Visitation will be on Thursday 4/26 from 5-7:30pm at St. Thomas Catholic Church. Funeral mass will be at 10am Friday 4/27 with a one-hour prior visitation also at St Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria heights.  Msgr. Jason Gray will officiate.  Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Peoria.

Donations in his memory to be made to Illinois Neurological Institute for Multiple Sclerosis. 

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

26

Apr

5:00 PM 4/26/2018 5:00:00 PM - 7:30 PM 4/26/2018 7:30:00 PM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Visitation

Friday

27

Apr

9:00 AM 4/27/2018 9:00:00 AM - 10:00 AM 4/27/2018 10:00:00 AM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Friday

27

Apr

10:00 AM 4/27/2018 10:00:00 AM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Resurrection Cemetery Final Resting Place

7519 N. Allen Road
Peoria, IL 61614

7519 N. Allen Road Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Illinois Neurological Institute for Multiple Sclerosis

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