James F. SCARFF

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SCARFF, James F. 92, lifelong New Carlisle resident, died March 28, 2014. He was born December 25, 1921, the son of Howard and Dorothy (Zwiker) Scarff. Jim was a 1939 graduate of Olive Branch High School and attended The Ohio State University where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He was drafted into the United States Army on October 14, 1942 and assigned to the 42nd Bomber Wing of the Air Force. He was a Staff Sergeant serving as a cryptographer and was decorated with a Good Conduct Ribbon, the European Theater Ribbon with 9 Bronze Stars, and the France Croix de Guerre avec Palme. After his honorable discharge from military duty, he joined the family business, Scarff's Nursery, in partnership with his father, Howard, and his brother William. He retired after 30 years. He was a member of the New Carlisle United Methodist Church, Sertoma Club, board member of the New Carlisle Federal Savings and Loan, and a member of the American Legion Post 286. He also served as President of the Ohio Nurseryman's Association and the New Carlisle Junior Chamber of Commerce. In high school he was a member of the basketball and tennis teams. Jim was an avid golfer and fisherman and enjoyed wintering in Florida and fishing on the beach. Jim was preceded in death by his mother, father and sister, Carolyn Winters. He is survived by his loving wife Betty (Brandt) Scarff with whom he shared 68 years of marriage, recently celebrating their anniversary on March 9th. Jim is also survived by his brother, William Scarff of New Carlisle, three daughters and sons-in-law: Becky and Jim McLean of Maple Grove, MN, Debbie and Rob Fuller of Louisville, Kentucky; and Amy and Richard Pitzer of Enon; six grandsons: Kevin and Mark McLean, Joshua, Patrick and Logan Fuller and Brian Pitzer; and 10 great-grandchildren. The family would like to extend their gratitude to all the Drs. and nurses at Miami Valley Hospital who graciously cared for Jim. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Carlisle Library or the New Carlisle United Methodist Church. Private services will be held at the New Carlisle United Methodist Church with burial following at the New Carlisle Cemetery. You may express condolences at www.littletonandrue.com

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Littleton & Rue Funeral Home
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Published in Springfield News-Sun from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2014
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