Thomas Earl Scher, 79, of Sumter, SC, and formerly of Huntington, IN, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.
Mr. Scher graduated from Huntington High School in 1961. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1966. He was a railroad engineer, working for both the Erie Railroad and Conrail until 1984. He then served in the Fort Wayne Air National Guard working on F-4 jets. He then joined the Air Force Reserve and worked in the civil service at Grissom Air Force Base as a crew chief on A-10 Warthogs and then on KC-135 tankers. After retiring from the Air Force Reserve in 2002, he moved to Sumter, SC, to continue his work for the civil service as a railroad engineer at Shaw Airforce Base. He was also a taildragger pilot, flying over 100 youth through the Young Eagles program with his Cessna 140 aircraft.He was born on July 15, 1942, in Huntington, to Earl Henry and Helen Gertrude Christman Scher. He married Mary Henderson on July 7, 2002. She survives in Sumter, SC. Additional survivors include one daughter, Denise (Silvano) Casanova, of Switzerland; two sons, Charles (Rhonda) Scher, of Fort Wayne, and Eric (Kelly) Scher, of Marion; a daughter-in-law, Cathy Scher, of North Carolina; two sisters, Susan Parker, of Huntington, and JoAnn Scher, of Steamboat, CO; seven grandchildren, Luca Casanova, Elia Casanova, Cameron (Cooper) Scher, Zachary Scher, Mikayla Scher, Kaylynn Scher and Garrett Scher; and two step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Scher, and an infant son, Thomas Scher, Jr. Calling will take place on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, from 4 to 7:00 p.m., at McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, Huntington.
A Memorial Mass will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary Catholic Church, 903 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, with Rev. Thomas Zehr officiating.
Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Huntington.Memorials may be made to the Thomas Earl Scher Young Eagle Fund, in care of McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, 715 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, IN 46750. Online condolences may be sent to mcelhaneyhartfuneralhome.com.