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Donald W Scharlach

August 6, 1951 ~ October 7, 2019 (age 68)

Donald "Don" Scharlach, 68, was called to his heavenly home on October 7, 2019, after a 2 1/2 month journey with cancer.

Don was born in Newton, MS, on August 6, 1951. He lived in Mississippi for 5 years before moving to Bluffton. He spent his formative years in Bluffton and graduated from Bluffton High School in 1969. After high school he attended Purdue University Fort Wayne.

He was married to Diane Scott in Fort Wayne, on June 1, 1974. Together the couple raised their two children in Huntertown.

Don began working in the grocery business at 15 as a carry-out boy for Maloley's. He then moved to Fort Wayne with his family and became an assistant store manager and later managed several stores for the company. He started working for Super Valu in 1983 as a retail counselor, then as a store engineer, followed by project manager. His "best job ever" began in 2014, when he started driving a school bus for NACS. He absolutely loved the kids.

Don and Diane are members of the Lifehouse Cedar Canyon Campus. His passion is his family. He loved spending time with his wife, kids and grandkids. He loved traveling, nature, and God's creation. He also enjoyed boating and bicycling. Don was a true gentleman.

Don is survived by his wife of 45 years, Diane (Scott) Scharlach; his father, John Arthur Scharlach; two children, Dan (Jillian) Scharlach and Stacey (Brian) Adams; two brothers, Mike (Kim) Scharlach and Rod (Pattie) Scharlach; four grandchildren, Grace, Leah, Clayton and Addy.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Willie Juanita Scharlach; a brother, David Scharlach.

Services will take place at Lifehouse Huntertown Campus on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 11:00 AM., with calling one hour prior to the service.

Family will also receive friends at the church on Friday, October 11, 2019, from 2:00 to 4:00 & 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Burial taking place at Huntertown Cemetery, Huntertown.

In Lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Lifehouse Church.

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