Warren Lee Scherschligt passed away Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 after battling cancer since 2013. He was born to Lester and JoAnn (Vaith) Scherschligt in Wessington Springs, S.D., on July 26, 1956.
Warren was baptized at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wessington Springs and confirmed at St. John The Baptist Church in Lesterville, S.D. He attended first grade in Sturgis, S.D., the rest of grade school in Lesterville, and high school in Scotland, S.D. He attended Iowa Lakes Community College where he played baseball and basketball, and then attended Yankton College, where he also played baseball.
Warren held a number of different jobs in his life, the last of which was the longest as a motor carrier inspector for the South Dakota Highway Patrol for 25 years, which he retired from in 2016 because of his health.
Warren played baseball as a youngster, teenager, young adult and adult. He had to beg his wife to quit. He felt he was at the ball park too many nights a week already watching his four children playing to play himself. His favorite team was the Cubs. Besides being able to watch his children playing sports, going and watching the Cubs play at Wrigley Field was always a highlight of his life. Watching the Cubs was so much a highlight that his phone was open on the night stand checking the Cubs standings when he passed away.
Warren married the love of his life, Janet Walter, on Feb. 14, 1981 at St. John the Baptist Church Lesterville, getting married on that date because it was not baseball or hunting season. To this union they have four children: Jennifer, Brett, Lee and Allan.
Besides loving his wife, children, grandchildren, brother and sisters, he loved his many relatives and a host of friends that are too numerous to name. He loved his faithful dog, Sally, the Cubs, as previously stated, his Allis Chalmers collection and the Green Bay Packers. He loved living in the country, which they were able to do after buying the rural Freeman farm in 1994 where Janet grew up.
Warren is survived by his wife Janet; children: Jennifer (Gary) Tschetter, Freeman, Brett (Amy), Sioux Falls, S.D., and Lee and Allan, both of Harrisburg, S.D.; grandchildren: Derek Scherschligt, Sioux Falls, Dellis Beaver, Harrisburg, Grayson, Graiden and Graeylie Tschetter, all of Freeman, and Hendrix and Cannon Scherschligt, Sioux Falls; step-grandchildren: Tyler (Miranda) Tschetter; great-granddaughters Anya Tschetter, Minneapolis, Minn., Aaron (Rebecca) Tschetter, Newton, Kan. and Jaime (friend Sam Heithold) Tschetter, Sioux Falls; sisters and brother: Debora Maxwell (friend Bob Boever), Tyndall, S.D., Nick (Valorie) Scherschligt, Yankton, S.D., Lisa (Ken) Winckler of Pierre, S.D., Jean (Mike) Deffenbaugh of Sioux Falls, Carol Steffen of Lincoln, Neb., and Patty Everson of Sioux Falls; aunts and uncles: Ray Scherschligt, Art (Earla) Scherschligt, Dorothy Wurtz, Ken (Elaine) Vaith, Art (Charlene) Vaith; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was proceeded in death by his parents; his grandparents: John and Otillia Scherschligt and Adolf and Lillian Vaith; brothers-in-law: Delmar Walter, Sr., Mike Ranek, Tom Maxwell and Eddie Walter; sister-in-law NanSuk Walter and great-niece Katelyn Tennant.
A celebration of life was held Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Freeman Community Center with Father Randy Phillips officiating. Mark Scherschligt served as lector and music was provided by Jen Weier, Karen Harrington and Mark Schersclhigt. Pallbearers were Justin Ranek, Andy Winckler, Derek Schersclhigt, Brandon Deffenbaugh, Colin Shantz, Dellis Beaver and David Steffen. Internment was at the St. Boniface Idywilde Catholic Church Cemetery.