Orvil D. Scherrer, 85

Posted on October 18, 2013

Orvil D. Scherrer, 85, of Roseville, Calif., and formerly of rural Ossian, passed away Oct. 8, 2013.
He was born May 27, 1928, the first of three sons born to Russell and Rosa Scherrer. He was the beloved husband of Mary Ellen (Matthias) Scherrer, and proud father of John, Jim and Connie.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bernadine Werling.
To say that Orvil was larger than life with a heart of gold is an understatement. Orvil was a Naval aviator, an inventor, a business manager and an international trade executive.
During his 50-year career, Orvil made key contributions to a variety of major endeavors, including two of our country’s greatest achievements, the Apollo Program and the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. He was the first student from the state of Indiana to enter Purdue as a regular midshipman under the Holloway Plan. Following his proud service to our country, Orvil began his career with General Electric.
Orvil developed a process that was patented as the “Scherrer Therm-o-case system.” This patented process made drilling in permanently frozen tundra possible. He was appointed by Ronald Reagan to the Department of Commerce’s Technology Advisory Committee (TAC). He will be missed so very much.
A graveside service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Oak Lawn Cemetery, 701 S. Jefferson St., Ossian. A visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, 120 W. Mill St., Ossian.
Visit elzey-patterson-rodak.com to leave condolences.

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