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Walter Jacob Scheer, 92, of Ocala, Florida, passed away November 27, 2018 after a long illness. Born in Utica, New York, on August 17, 1926, Mr. Scheer was the son of Jacob Scheer and Jennie Holman Scheer. He attended Oriskany Central School and graduated in 1943 as Valedictorian of his class. His Oriskany basketball records lasted for many years.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1945. After completing training at Great Lakes Naval Station, he was assigned as a radio operator for the maiden voyage of the Shenandoah-class destroyer tender USS Yellowstone (AD-27) in 1945.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colgate University in 1950 with a BA in Mathematics. He earned master's degrees in Mathematics and Physical Education in 1951. He was a member of the Colgate Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. At Colgate, he played freshman basketball and earned two varsity letters each in lacrosse and soccer.
On November 18, 1950, he married Arlene Combellack at the Walcott Memorial Presbyterian Church in New York Mills, NY. Mr. Scheer began his career in education in Johnson City, NY, teaching Mathematics. He then went on to become a teacher, Guidance Counselor, Director of Pupil Personnel, Assistant Principle and administrator at Boonville Central School / Adirondack Central School in Boonville, NY, from 1954 to 1989. He coached high school basketball at Boonville and refereed soccer for many years at the high school and college level. He started the high school Colgate Seminar, introducing seniors to college level studies.
He was a member of the Boonville Kiwanis and past president. He was involved in the annual Boonville Kiwanis auction for many years. He was also a charter member of the Boonville Elks BPOE #2158. After retiring, Mr. and Mrs. Scheer spent their summers at Brantingham Lake, NY, and their winters in Ocala, FL. Mr. Scheer served as a board member of the Brantingham Lake Association and was past president of the New York Club at Rolling Greens in Ocala. He enjoyed golf, bowling, and refinishing furniture. In 2012, he attended an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. honoring his World War II service.
Mr. Scheer is survived by his wife of 68 years; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Karen Scheer, Mechanicsburg, PA, and Randall and Susan Scheer, New Albany, OH; a grandson and his wife, Christopher and Priscilla Scheer, Clay, NY; two granddaughters, Dr. Lindsey Battiste and her husband, Dr. Matthew Battiste, Glenville, NY, and Alyssa Scheer, Nashville, TN; two great-grandsons, Jacob Scheer and Louis Battiste; and two great-granddaughters, Lila Scheer and Fiona Battiste.
His parents and a sister, Evelyn Alper, Utica, NY, predeceased him.
Donations to the in his name are welcome. Memorial services will be held in Ocala, FL and Upstate NY.
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Dec. 16 to Dec. 17, 2018
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