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Donald F. ScharfenbergMay 13, 1931 ~ July 30, 2017 (age 86)
Donald F. Scharfenberg passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Wesley Healthcare from complications related to a recent stroke. He was born on May 13, 1931 to Joseph and Alma (Ploog) Scharfenberg in Sterling, Illinois. There he grew up and met and married the love of his life of the past 70 years, Peggy (Beach).
He is survived by his wife, Peggy of Macomb, and son, Jon (Carol) Scharfenberg of Decatur and grandchildren, Taylor and Tucker Scharfenberg, daughter, Jill Roby of O’Fallon, Missouri and grandsons, Ryan and Alex Roby and great-granddaughter, Everleigh Roby, son, Tom (Diane) Scharfenberg of Naperville and grandchildren, Jim and Sarah Scharfenberg. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Paul.
Don was a veteran and served in Japan during the Korean War. Upon his return from his Army service, he earned a degree in Art Education from Northern Illinois University. He went on to earn a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois and his Doctoral degree from Illinois State University. He began his teaching career at National College of Education Evanston, then with the Rockford Public Schools. In 1960, he began his tenure as an art educator at Western Illinois University. He loved teaching students how to understand and appreciate the need for art, and to encourage their artistic growth until his retirement in 1993. He also created numerous works of art that can be seen on display in the Macomb area.
In addition to his artistic talent, he was blessed with a love of music and was proud to have been a member of the University of Illinois Marching Illini, and he sang in numerous choirs throughout his life, including the First Presbyterian Church choir up until his passing.
He had many interests and hobbies including a tremendous love of the outdoors and nature. He enjoyed gardening and watching the birds he would attract to his feeders. He and Peggy spent many hours with their family and friends on their boat. And the only activity he loved more than fishing was cheering for the Fighting Illini, the Chicago Bears, and his beloved Chicago Cubs.
The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation for the extraordinary care and compassion we all received from the Emergency Team at McDonough District Hospital, the ICU doctors and staff at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, the Staff at Wesley Healthcare, and the remarkable care of Kristie from MDH Hospice. Special gratitude is extended to Theo Epstein and the World Champion Chicago Cubs.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb with Reverend Mark Merrill officiating. There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Music Fund or MDH Hospice.
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.