On July 14, 2021, Charles A. Scheri was united with the love of his life once again. His wife passed away a month before him, and he was eager to join her. He died at his home in Kerrville, TX. He was an avid gun collector, stamp collector and coin collector. He loved to garden and plant beautiful flowers. After retirement, he took up wood working and made wonderful bi-planes, trains, and cars out of various wood types. Most of all he loved his wife Gladys (Saporiti) Scheri of 68 plus years.
Charles was born in Oglesby, Illinois along with his identical twin brother Louis. The sons of Dario and Ester Scheri, they were mischievous, adventurous, and well-known throughout the town. Charles attended grade school and the nearby consolidated high school/community college. When not in school he worked at his Dad’s grocery store and when not working he loved to hunt and roam the wooded areas surrounding Oglesby. He helped his father garden and raised a variety of interesting pets that always kept the neighbors’ interest. There was the gorgeous baby fox, the playful baby raccoon and, of course, his pet crow. His crow would come to him whenever he whistled and it spent many a day, pulling out the clothes pins on the neighbors’ clothes lines, as their washed clothes fell to the ground. He loved that crow - can’t say the same for many of the neighbors!
In October 1950, he was drafted into the Army and sent overseas. The next two years he spent time in Japan and near the front battle lines in Korea while serving during the Korean War. Because he was a butcher’s son, he was immediately made a medic. Perhaps they figured he wouldn’t faint at the sight of blood. It didn’t take him long to be promoted as a cook for his unit, once the unit learned that he really could cook a great meal with questionable products. His stories about the war were endless, both funny and incredibly sad. He remained friends with many of the men that he served with for life. In October 1952, he was honorably discharged.
On January 10, 1953, he married Gladys Saporiti and took over the management of his father’s grocery store until an opportunity to be a managing partner in a business took the young couple to the Detroit/Rochester Hills, Michigan area where they resided for nearly 66 years. Their marriage was blessed by the birth of their children Richard and Andrea.
It was during this time that Charles completed his Associates of Science degree with honors at Highland Park Community College. He transferred to Wayne State University and continued to work on his bachelor’s degree, until he purchased his own business. He ran Charlie’s Market for many years - where he was known for his famous homemade sausage, fine cuts of meat, and friendly service. When he finally sold the business, he accepted a job as a Special Accountants Representative for Arrow Overall Supply Company. He was the guy sent out to smooth over account issues, to wine and dine new customers, and to provide service for most of the large General Motors’ accounts.
When he retired from Arrow, he spent time as a snowbird with his wife in McAllen, Texas. He loved to travel with his wife, especially to Italy spending time laughing and eating with family members that live there. He loved Italian food and made sure everyone knew that no one could prepare it quite like his mother did!
Charles was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and his older sister Mary (Scheri) Duggan. He is survived by his daughter Andrea Scheri of Bandera, Texas, his son Dr. Richard Scheri and wife Dr. Jing Wang of Moscow, Idaho and his brother Louis Scheri and wife Lydia Scheri of Oglesby, Illinois as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family asks that remembrances or donation be made to the following organizations:
Peterson Health Foundation
Peterson Hospice - Honor/Memorial Fund - (830) 258-7411
551 Hill Country Drive
Kerrville, TX 78028
MD Anderson Cancer Center
In Memory of Charles A. Scheri - (855) 478-2971
Texas Medical Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030
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