Robert Lee Scharnberg

Thursday, November 20, 2008
Robert Lee Scharnberg

Funeral services for Robert Lee Scharnberg, 88 will be held at 10:30 a.m., today, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 at Hope Lutheran Church in Everly. Rev. Lauren Ley will officiate the service.

Interment will take place at Lone Tree Cemetery in Everly.

Military services will conducted by Everett Boyles Jr. Post No. 414 of Everly.

Robert passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008.

Robert Lee Scharnberg was born Feb. 6, 1920, in Everly to Conrad and Viola (Matthiesen) Scharnberg. He was baptized and confirmed in the Hope Lutheran Church of Everly and was a long-time member.

Bob grew up on a farm northeast of Everly and attended country school in Waterford Twp. and graduated from Everly High School in 1937. He attended Buena Vista College for one year and then transferred to Iowa State College where he received a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering in 1942.

Bob was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in June 30, 1942 and served three and a half years during W.W. II, primarily in the South Pacific, with the Seabees. He was placed on inactive duty as a Lieutenant in the Naval Reserve on Dec. 7, 1945.

Upon returning to civilian life, Bob was employed as a civil engineer by Stanley Engineering Company of Muscatine for four years. He and his family returned to the farm where he grew up in 1950 and farmed until 1984, when he and his wife, Millie retired to Spencer.

During the years that Bob lived in the Everly Community he served as a member of the Everly School Board for 12 years, six years as president, six years on the Hope Lutheran Church Council, three years as president, nine years on the Farmers Coop Elevator Board, three years as president and served 26 years as a director on the Everly State Bank Board.

While attending college, Bob played baseball at both Buena Vista and Iowa State. He was captain of the Iowa State team in his senior year.

Bob married Mildred (Millie) Struve, of rural Linn Grove, on June 19, 1942 in Royal. They became the parents of six children.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jack, age 2 months; his parents; one brother, Russell, who was killed in combat in World War II; his son-in-law, Douglas Foss; and two grandsons: Ben Scharnberg and Robert Conrad Scharnberg.

Bob is survived by his wife of 66 years, Millie of Spencer; his children: Gary Scharnberg and his wife, Sheila of Everly, Jill Foss of Everly, Steven Scharnberg and his wife, Denise of West Des Moines, Janet Carl and her husband, Joel of Mt Vernon, and Charles Scharnberg and his wife, Amy of Vail, Ariz.; four grandsons; and four granddaughters.

Warner Funeral Home of Everly is in charge of arrangements.