1929 – 2015

AUGUSTA — Robert Henry Scherpf, “Bob,” 85, of Livermore, died on Friday, April 10, at the Veterans Administration Hospice in Augusta after a brief illness.

He was born in New York City on Oct. 7, 1929, the son of Alfred H. Scherpf (a New York City firefighter) and Julia A. Scherpf. Bob worked at Dunn’s Farm in Vermont from the ages of 14 to 18. He graduated from William Cullen Bryant High School in New York City in 1947 and entered the U.S. Air Force in 1948. Stationed in Rapid City, S.D., and always a proud American, Bob enjoyed his time with the Air Force until 1952, specializing in artillery school and photography school.

In 1953, Bob joined Troop B of the New York State Troopers Association, where he met his wife, Constance Helen Wells, in Port Henry, N.Y.

While in New York, Bob joined Masonic Lodge No. 816. Bob and Connie were married in 1954 and moved to Wilton in 1958.

Bob worked in the paper industry from 1958 until his retirement from International Paper in 1987.

During his time spent in Wilton, Bob was very civically active with town politics and the school board, overseeing the planning and construction of Mt. Blue High School in Farmington.

He carried his political opinions proudly, was an avid reader and continued to write and call his state representatives in Congress up until earlier this year. In his free time, he enjoyed gardening, hunting, enjoying the outdoors and being a good and helpful neighbor to his many friends and family.

He particularly enjoyed coaching young athletes and always found a special place for those in need. He participated in the Maine State Moose Hunt in 2010 and was proud to bring home a moose with his sons, son-in-law and nephew.

In recent years, his favorite pastimes included reading, being politically educated, and interacting and singing with his grandchildren as much as possible.

Bob is survived by his four children: daughter, Diane and husband, Gary Corson, of New Sharon; son, Bob and wife, Rhonda and grandchildren, Ryan and Karli of Kensington, N.H.; daughter, Bethany and husband, Peter Rushton, of North Belgrade; and son, Scott of Etna. He is also survived by his brother, Donald Scherpf and his wife, Mildred, of Bradenton, Fla.; his nephew, Kim Odell of Vermont; as well as many other nieces and nephews.

Bob was predeceased by his folks; his wife, Connie; his sisters, Grace S. Odell and Barbara S. Todd.

Tributes and condolences may be shared on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.

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