OBITUARY: Clarence W. Scharff

HALSTEAD—Clarence W. Scharff, 89, died Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 31, 1930, at Burlington to Charles and Grace (Lankard) Scharff in Waverly.

He served in the U.S. Air Force as a radio operator on an RB26 during the Korean War.

Following his service, he attended Emporia State Teachers College earning a master’s degree.

He began his teaching career at Independence Jr. High for two years, then moving onto Halstead High School, where he taught mathematics for 35 additional years. He also was an instructor for McPherson College. He retired in 1991.

His memberships include First United Methodist Church, Halstead, V.F.W. Post 971, and Order of the Eastern Star, both of Newton. He also was a 32nd Degree Mason and member of Halstead Lions Club.

On July 28, 1965, he married Josephine Ann “Jo” Bloxom at Emporia. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Mitch (Sherry) Scharff, Halstead; daughter: Cindy (Randy Sheets) Topf, Omaha, Neb.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers Charles and Harold Scharff, and a sister, Wanda Dall.

A visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 26, at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at First United Methodist Church, Halstead, with the Rev. Dr. Dyton L. Owen officiating.

Burial will follow at Halstead Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the National Kidney Foundation or the Clarence Scharff Scholarship Fund in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.