Harold Scherz died peacefully in his sleep on May 7, 2014. He was a longtime Austin banker and former president of Republic Bank and Nations Bank in South Austin.
Harold was born in San Angelo, Texas on September 9, 1926. He graduated from San Angelo high school and attended Tarleton State University before serving in the army at the end of World War II. He was in the Philippines and then stationed in Japan after the war as part of the occupational forces. After leaving the army he married Clare Lloyd Ochsner in 1947 in Eldorado, Texas. He and Clare lived in Sonora, Texas and Harold worked at the bank there until accepting a job in Austin in 1965. Harold was an officer at the Bank of Austin and became president after it merged with Republic Bank and eventually Nations Bank. He retired from banking in the early 1990s after a 45-year career.
Harold loved being with people and he loved visiting with his friends, neighbors and relatives. There was nothing he liked better than sharing a glass of wine with his friends and talking into the evening. He enjoyed genealogy and traced his family history back over 200 years.
He and his wife, Clare, were married for 59 years before her death in 2007. He is survived by his sister Lola Mae Banta of Austin (formerly of Waco); sons Dorr Scherz and Drew Scherz, both of Austin, and their wives Ann Gatlin and Mary Taylor-Scherz; and two grandchildren, Aaron Scherz and Lloyd Scherz.
The family would like to thank everyone who helped make his life as enjoyable as it truly was. He appreciated his caregivers and doctors, especially Dr. Punit Chadha for his great kindness.
The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 10 at Weed Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar Boulevard in Austin. His ashes will be buried in Eldorado, Texas at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from May 9 to May 11, 2014