SPC Roger Scherf was laid to rest this past Saturday with full military honors in Michigan. He was tragically killed in an auto accident in Spanaway, WA. SPC Roger Scherf was a member of the Warrior Transition Battalion, a unit on JBLM consisting of soldiers recovering from injuries & illness. He recently had survived one of the deadliest roadside bomb attacks of the wars. He was the driver of an armored vehicle during an October 2009 patrol in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province when it rolled over a land mine resulting in the deaths of seven of his brothers in arms & an interpreter. SPC Roger Scherf was the only survivor.
SPC Roger Scherf, his family & loved ones will be forever in our hearts and prayers.
Roger, known affectionately as “RJ” to friends and family, passed away on Sunday March 20, 2011 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Spanaway, Washington. RJ, 21 years old, was the son of Lori (Don) Marshall, and Roger Lee (Linda) Scherf Sr. He was born March 9, 1990 in Trenton, New Jersey. At the time of his death he was assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion, a unit comprised of soldiers recuperating from injuries or severe illness, at Fort Lewis, Washington. RJ was recuperating from injuries sustained during his service in Afganistan with the 1-17, 5th Stryker Brigade, US Army. He was the recipient of two Purple Hearts, and the sole survivor of his 8-man rifle squad when their vehicle was destroyed by a buried explosive device while on patrol in Kandahar Province. President Obama met his 7 squad members’ remains at Dover Air Force Base on November 7, 2009, and escorted the caskets from the aircraft. At that time RJ was at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. in the critical care unit recovering from his blast injuries. RJ’s interests included the martial arts (he held a black belt), anything outdoors, music, and hanging with or jamming with friends. He was married to Tranquility Thur, who survives him. His large extended family included his parents, three brothers and three sisters, Christina Blanzy, Joshua J. Pfeil, Nathaniel J. Pfeil, Rebecca Hawker, Rachelle Hawker, and Joshua L. Scherf, his maternal grandmother Lois (G-ma) Maira, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and nieces and nephews who will sorely miss their “RJ.” The Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1415 N. Center Road, Saginaw, Michigan. Bishop Marc Dudley will officiate. Burial will take place in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Bay City, Michigan with full Military honors conducted by the U.S. Army. Friends may call at the church where family will be present on Saturday beginning at Noon.