Richard “Dick” Wilson Scholl, 74, of Centerburg left this world unexpectedly on Monday (Oct. 10, 2011), a beautiful day, engaged in what he loved, working in the fields after spending a typical morning caring for his dad and helping install some new appliances. He leaves us with no regrets, as a model of someone who lived a full contented life, using the gifts he had and using them well.
He was born on Dec. 1, 1936 in Croton, the first son of Daniel and Juanita (Wilson) Scholl. He attended a one-room schoolhouse until the eighth grade and graduated from Jackson Local High School in 1954 when his family moved from New Rome to Porter Township. He was drafted in 1960 and served in the U.S. Army with a rank of SP5 in Korea. He married Carol Harding in Centerburg on Jan. 23, 1965 and they spent their married life in Porter Township in the house Richard built mostly by himself with help from family and friends.
He was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Westerville since 1978 and the Grace Lutheran Church in Centerburg prior to that. He was active in Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross Blood Drive and Westerville Area Resource Ministry as part of his church membership. He was a former member of the Porter Kingston Fire Board.
Richard worked as a mechanic and an erector before devoting his working life to farming, becoming a partner in Scholl Farms with his father and brother. This past year when the partnership retired, he established RWS Farms and continued farming with a goal of still farming with his antique John Deere equipment until he was 80.
Richard had a second sense about engines and could fix just about anything. With a passion for farming and restoring antique John Deere equipment, he never lost the thrill of driving a tractor in an open field that he first felt when he was eight years old and started helping his dad on the farm.
He was the definition of a good neighbor, and touched everyone he knew with his generous, honest and pure heart. He never spoke a bad word about anyone and in his kind and practical way he was always willing to help out with his vast knowledge, experience and effort. He did not know a stranger and truly enjoyed listening to people’s stories and sharing his own.
A faithful husband, friend and servant, Richard will be deeply missed by his family, friends and neighbors. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol (Harding) Scholl; father, Daniel Scholl of Sunbury; siblings, William Dane (Donna) Scholl of Sunbury, David (Nancy) Scholl of Marengo, Sharon Scholl Luft of Broken Arrow, Okla., and John Mark (Mary) Scholl of Columbus; brother-in-law, Leo (Ginger) Harding of Westerville; and nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury. They may also call one hour prior to the 11 a.m. service Saturday at the Grace Lutheran Church, 100 E. Schrock Road, Westerville, with the Revs. Will Hartfelder and Richard Walston officiating. Interment with military honors in the Northlawn Memory Gardens, Westerville.
Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of the donors choice.