Richard Charles Scherer

Valley Hills Funeral Home

Richard C. Scherer, age 77, passed away Saturday, July 16th, 2016 at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation in Sunnyside, WA. Rich was born in Yakima on July 17th, 1938, to Charles and Dorothea (Hudson) Scherer. He was the oldest of three boys and a girl. He attended Yakima schools and graduated from Yakima High School in 1956, during which he played basketball and baseball, and also played baseball for the American Junior Legion team in Yakima. He attended YVCC before joining Boise Cascade in 1958.

In 1958 Rich married Barbara Poole with whom he had one daughter, Julie, and a son, Brent. His interest in hunting and fishing led him to employment with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1963. He was stationed in Lynden for two years before being transferred to the game range in Mabton, WA, in 1965.

In 1969, Rich married Connie Clune in Sunnyside. Connie had sons Hugh and Zane, and a daughter Brenda. The family settled in Sunnyside and had been in the area since that time. He was also a volunteer fire fighter for some time in Sunnyside.

Rich had many good and loyal friends in the agriculture and law enforcement communities and he valued them all. His game department partner of more than 20 years, Jesse Palacios, was always there.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Dorothea, his wife Connie, as well as step-son Hugh and step-daughter Brenda. He is survived by his sister Sue Dodson (Don), brother Steve Scherer (Linda), brother Doug Scherer (Julie), daughter Julie Coswell (Bill), son Brent Scherer (Christy Clevenger), and step-son Zane Brewer (Nikki Crawford), as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family appreciates the care and dedication the staff at Prestige displayed, as well as the support from his many friends and colleagues.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sunnyside Volunteer Fire Fighters Association, 513 S. 8th St., Sunnyside, WA 98944.

A gathering for remembrance will be held at a date to be determined and published later.

Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in care of all arrangements. Condolences can be sent to