|Birth: ||Apr. 5, 1959|
|Death: ||Dec. 5, 2007|
Victim in the Nebraska Mall shooting.
Lincoln resident Gary Scharf was in Omaha to catch a business flight. He had a little extra time and stopped at the Westroads Mall to do some Christmas shopping Wednesday.
Scharf, 48, who worked in the agricultural chemical industry, had a son, a stepson and two stepdaughters, said Mark Pieper, a longtime friend and former co-worker.
A native of Curtis, Neb., Scharf grew up on a farm outside of town. For the past quarter-century, he had spent much of his time traveling the country on business.
"Gary in his lifetime probably averaged 50 or 60,000 miles a year in a car," Pieper said. "He was on a plane all the time. To think that he died because of something so random . . . it's hard to get your head around."
Scharf was working for LG Life Sciences.
He previously had worked as a national sales manager for Makhteshim Agan of North America Inc., one of the world's largest agricultural chemical companies, and for Syngenta Crop Protection for 23 years before that.
By Matthew Hansen of the Omaha World-Herald
Gary Scharf, age 48 years. of Lincoln, NE. Devoted father, son, brother, uncle and friend. Charismatic and adventurous, he lived his life with humor, love and compassion. Survived by beloved son, Steve of Lincoln; parents John and Doris of Curtis; sister Deb of Omaha; brother John (Barbara) of Curtis, Bob (Gayle) of Gretna; nieces Kristin, Stephanie, Nichole and Kacie; nephews Kevin and Will and loyal dog, Red, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by son Scott; grandparents Walter and Goldine Kendle and Adam and Beatrice Scharf. After graduating from Medicine Valley High School, he attended the University of Nebraska where he received his degree in Agricultural Economics. Gary stayed very close to his farm roots, he had a passion for agriculture and was an avid animal lover. He worked his entire career in agri-business and regularly went back to help on the farm. Though his job was very demanding and required a great deal of travel, he could always be counted on to find time to work supporting the family farm in his schedule. Gary was also very active in working with youth. He has served as a trustee on the Nebraska FFA foundation and was actively involved in the selection of the Nebraska State FFA Officers. Gary had a successful career as a sales manager in the ag chemical industry.
Visitation Saturday, December 8 2-5P.M. at the Pacific Street Chapel, Funeral Service Monday, December 10, 2:00 p.m. Curtis United Methodist Church, Curtis, NE.
Scott Daniel Scharf (1990 - 1990)*
Created by: Denny Jackson
Record added: Dec 06, 2007
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