Published: Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Roy O. Scherer was born Aug. 5, 1946, in Pensacola, Fla., to Roy O. and Mary D. (Silva) Scherer II. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965 until his retirement as a Master Seargent in 1991.
From 1991-94 he was employed as a deputy sheriff with the Pennington County (S.D.) Sheriff’s Department. In 1994 he became a deputy sheriff with the Custer County (S.D.) Sheriff’s Department, retiring in 2008 as chief deputy. From 2008-10 Roy worked in law enforcement for Custer State Park.
When you mention the name Roy Scherer, the most typical response is: “Oh, I know Roy.” It's not so much that everyone says it, but how everyone says it. Everyone knew Roy. He was friendly and respectful to everyone he met. He was a devoted husband and a loving father to his children. He was honest and thorough in his duties. He tried to help those in need. He was a take charge kind of man.
He received many awards and citations throughout his military and law enforcement career. He kept it low key and would shy away from recognition. He was a very loved and respected man, but never asked for it. Roy was a good man because it was the right thing to do, not because he thought someone would notice. For anyone who has ever said those words, “Oh, I know Roy,” he will be missed very much.
Roy, of Custer, S.D., died July 30, 2012, at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He was 65.
Roy was preceded in death by his father, Roy O. Scherer II; mother, Mary D. Silva-Poyton; and step-father, Donald Paul Poyton.
He is survived by his wife, Linda C. Scherer of Custer; sons, John (Chrystal) Scherer of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Donald (Devan) Scherer of Houston, Texas; step-son, Troy (Diane) Thiel of Lincoln, Neb.; step-daughter, Wendy (Kieth) McGregor of Salem, Ore.; brothers, Paul Scherer of Alameda, Calif., Greg Scherer of Pensacola, Fla., Roy Scherer IV of Pensacola, and Tim Scherer of Pensacola; sister, Terri Scherer of Pensacola; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Wake services will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 13, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Custer.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Custer with Father Peter Kovarik officiating.
The family has requested for those attending his funeral to wear casual dress.
Written condolences may be sent to www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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