Jacob (Jake) F. Scherer, 85, of Ironton, passed away Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky.
The Ironton native was born Nov. 15, 1924, the son of the late B.F. (Bick) and Bessie Byrne Scherer. He is survived by his wife, Janice Billiar Scherer, whom he married Feb. 23, 1952.
Mr. Scherer was a 1942 graduate of St. Joseph High School. He was a U.S. Navy pilot serving during WWII . He also served as a “Weekend Warrior” in Columbus during the Korean Conflict. He was a ast president for the Ironton Credit Bureau, past president for the Ironton Lions Club, served two terms as City Councilman from 1/1/60-12/31/1963 and 1/1/74-12/31/1977, chairman for the City Council Finance Committee in 1974 and 1975, chairman for City Council in 1976 and 1977, acting city manager for six months in 1977, and vice chairman for the Ironton Charter Commission. He was awarded the “Iron Master” designation in 1977, a member of St. Joseph Church, the Ironton Elks Club, the Ironton Eagles, the Knights of Columbus, the Symmes Valley Fishing Club and was owner of B.F. Scherer Insurance Agency, Inc. for 50 years. He was also an ardent supporter of conservative political causes and served as treasurer for the Greater Ohio Corporation in the mid 1960s and 1970s.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Franklin Scherer.
In addition to his wife, he is also survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, J.F. and Luann Scherer of Cincinnnati and Benjamin Scherer of Columbus; a daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Stan Craddock of South Point; a sister, Betty Scherer Zuercher of Ironton; six grandchildren, Matthew Frazer and Chris Frazer, Jennifer Scherer Edgar, Sarah Scherer Schliepp, Caitlyn Scherer and Shannon Scherer.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home with Father David Huffman officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call 11 a.m. until the time of the service Friday at the funeral home. Military graveside rites will be conducted by V.F.W. Post 8850. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net. At the family’s request, donations may be made to the Community Hospice Care Center, 2330 Pollard Road, Ashland, KY 41101 or to St. Joseph High School, 912 South Sixth St., Ironton, OH 45638.