James Scherbarth

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James Louis Scherbarth, 99, of Belleville, IL, formerly of Winona, MN, born April 30, 1923, died Thursday, January 5, 2023, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL, surrounded by family.

Jim excelled in many hobbies during his life. He was an accomplished swimmer who held a world record in the National Senior Games (Senior Olympics), as well as a member of US Swim Masters.  He was also an advanced woodcarver who won a national award through the VA. Mr. Scherbarth was involved with the communities he lived in, and was a former alderman of St. Clair, MI.

Jim was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. He served as a First Lieutenant Pilot/Bombardier and was the recipient of the Purple Heart.  He loved his family dearly and considered his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be his pride and joy.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Mary, nee Lynch, Scherbarth, whom he married June 7, 1947, and who died February 11, 2003; his parents, Arthur and Meta, nee Brugger, Scherbarth; a son, James E. Scherbarth (Paul Mosley); a sister, Alice (Harold) Thaldorf; a nephew, Thomas Thaldorf; and an aunt, Elsa Brugger.

He is survived by six children, Steven (Carol) Scherbarth, Robert (Margaret) Scherbarth, Patricia (Terence) Wade, David Scherbarth, John Scherbarth (Michelle Wiley), and Anne Marie Scherbarth; nine grandchildren, Caroline (Jack) Manfred, Terence (Kathryn) Wade, Thomas (Stephanie) Wade, Joseph (Kathryn) Wade, David (Erin) Scherbarth, Joshua Scherbarth, Daniel Scherbarth, Cassandra Born, and James Born; ten great-grandchildren, Emmett Manfred, Elizabeth, Claire, and Jane Wade, Lincoln, Xavier, and Sawyer Wade, McCoy and Maryn Wade, and Camryn Roberts; and two brothers-in-law, Edward (Dianne) Lynch and Richard (Sandra) Lynch.

Memorials may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, or to the Benedictine Living Community at the Shrine, and may be sent to George Renner & Sons Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Funeral:  Private funeral services will be held at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.

Burial with military honors will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.



4 Comments on James Scherbarth

Julie Hill said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2023 at 10:55 PM

My condolences. What a life well lived and a legacy which continues...thoughts and prayers.

  • Springfield
  • MO
Tom Gaubatz said : Guest Report Jan 16, 2023 at 5:48 PM

A life to be celebrated. A inspiration to anyone who was lucky enough to know him! I write this with a smile on my face, as I remember him.

  • Santa Rosa Beach
  • Florida
Judy Williamson said : Guest Report Jan 08, 2023 at 5:00 PM

I so enjoyed visiting his basement that held some of his incredible woodcarvings. Such a talented man who has left such a legacy with his beloved children and grandchildren. He certainly seemed to live life to the fullest. Much love to you all during this difficult time.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Dolores said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2023 at 9:33 PM

Words can’t express my sorrow at this news. It was such an honor to have known him even for such a short time. I loved hearing his stories and he was always eager and kind when I asked him a million questions about all his lifelong accomplishments. I will truly miss him I am very sorry to the whole family for this huge loss.

  • Ofallon
  • Illinois

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