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Garry Albert Scheuer, Jr.
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  • Eden Theological Seminary
    475 East Lockwood Avenue
    St. Louis, MO 63119-3192
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“Dear Mrs Scheuer and Wonderful Family, I was so sad to hear of Rev Scheuers passing today. What an amazing and unforgettable man! So many memories of...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Jennifer Richter - Brownsboro, TX

“Dear Carolyn, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of Garry. I remember the special times we had at First Congregational UCC in Ocala. My thoughts...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Barbara Wysopal - Ocala, FL

“Terri, I'm praying for you today and always. I'm lifting you up in the spirit. Your dad seemed like a loving person and I know the angels are...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: A.D. (Adrianne) Miller - FL

“Carolyn, Paul and family,I just heard of your loss and I am saddened by the news. Our prayers and thoughts are with all the family. Sincerely! ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Becky & Dave Stewart - Tampa, FL

“My memories began in Maplewood, Missouri in 1968 where I had a very musical Scheuer child in almost every music class at East Richmond. We moved to...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Susan Beschorner - Cary, NC

“We are so sorry for your loss. This is only temporary and he will be waiting for you with open arms in heaven. Love the Parrillo's ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Cynthia Parrillo - Thinotosassa, FL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Scheuer family. Garry and Carolyn were such a powerful influence in the life of our family. We grateful for...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Pat Krepsky - Tampa, FL

“I spent many summers, as a young girl, traveling with the Scheuer crew in their Falcon on a variety of wonderful camping trips! Garry built a "top...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Julie Meek - Hendersonville, NC

“I listed myself as family as Garry and Carolyn were my second parents. No words can describe how much I will miss him. Garry and the Scheuer clan has...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Daniel Trombley - FL - Family

The Reverend Dr. Garry Albert Scheuer, Jr. departed this world in peace on August 9, 2018. He was born to Garry Scheuer, Sr. and Eleanor Scheuer on April 17, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio and was younger brother to Don Scheuer. From an early age, and in partnership with Carolyn, his loving and dedicated wife of 62 years, he lived a life of devotion to Christ and the Gospel, rooted in service and ministry to others, full of the love and compassion to which God calls us.
Garry commenced from Howe High School, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1952 to attend Butler University, earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts on June 11, 1956. Following graduation from Butler, Garry continued to Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Missouri, where he would earn his Bachelor of Divinity on June 5, 1959 and later complete his Master of Divinity. Garry began his ministry in July 1959, ordained at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Richton Park, Illinois as pastor on appointment from the United Church of Christ Board for Homeland Ministries. He served St. Paul's from 1959-1961. During this time, he also was involved in starting two new churches: Sauk Village UCC in Sauk Village, Illinois and Church of The Master UCC in Flossmoor, Illinois. He also served as a volunteer firefighter during his time in Richton Park.

His next church assignment was with Christ Church in Maplewood, Missouri where he served as Senior Minister from 1961-1971. In 1965, while serving Christ Church, he traveled with a group of fellow clergy to Selma, Alabama to participate in the march to Montgomery in support of the civil rights movement.

From 1971-1979, he served as Senior Minister of First Congregational Church in Des Plaines, Illinois. During his time in Des Plaines, he appeared as a host and interviewer for a faith-focused news and perspective television program on NBC, one highlight of which was the opportunity to interview Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. He also began his decades of service to Kiwanis International while in Des Plaines and wrote and published a book of non-fictional faith stories, entitled "God in Our Lives".

He then served as Senior Minister of Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights, Ohio from 1979-1983, continuing his work in religious media, serving on larger denominational committees such as the UCC Board for World Ministries, and maintaining his involvement in community organizations.

After leading two large established churches, Garry was once again called to begin a new congregation, and moved his family to Brandon, Florida in early 1983 to fulfill that mission. He and his wife Carolyn, along with a handful of volunteers from the sponsoring church in Sun City Center, began walking door-to-door in the Brandon area, inviting people to come and help build a new church family in the community. St. Mark United Church of Christ was established on Easter Sunday, April 3, 1983. In addition to starting and growing St. Mark UCC, Garry also completed work on his Doctor of Divinity degree (also through Eden Theological Seminary) during this time. Garry served as St. Mark's senior pastor until 1997, when he seemingly retired from full-time ministry.

God would not allow him to rest for long, however. A call came from a colleague at First Congregational UCC in Ocala, Florida, and Garry began a journey of part-time associate ministry there, lasting from 1997-2000, and leading to his work in the formation of a new church – Community Congregational Church UCC in Marion Oaks, Florida – where he served from 2000-2002.

After a brief return to St. Mark UCC in Brandon, Florida as interim pastor, Garry at last reached full retirement in 2003, and set about the joyful task of entertaining his grandchildren and great grandchildren, traveling with friends, and visiting family.

Garry's love of preaching and living the Gospel was nearly matched by his love of art. He often said that were it not for his calling into the ministry, he likely would have pursued a career as an artist. In fact, he put effort into studying art and practicing his skills throughout his life, attending classes at the John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Tampa Art Museum. He produced an abundance of artwork throughout his life – poems, sketches, drawings, paintings, sculpture and carvings – and made liberal use of it in his ministry, creating sketches and cartoons for church bulletins, newsletters and printed sermons. He used art to bring joy to the people he knew, from drawing personalized cartoons on cards for family and friends, to helping his children build incredible science projects and Halloween costumes. He used his art to speak hard truths about war and social injustice. And he used his art to express his love of God and His creation.

Some of Garry's other passions included good food and the fellowship that it created among people. He absolutely loved collecting and cooking recipes, especially soups and chili of all kinds, exploring new flavors and savoring traditional family dishes. He took great pleasure in going to the movies and would occasionally take in two in one day. Popcorn with jalapeno peppers, and a box of Goobers were mandatory, and he would always remain in the theater during the credits to see who the key grip was. Garry was also a voracious reader, over the years gathering a large collection of both fiction and non-fiction, religious and secular, using ideas and passages from them to season his weekly sermons.

Above all things, Garry cherished and nurtured his family. Even while meeting the demands of a busy career, he always managed to make time for his spouse, kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and friends who had been adopted as extended family. He is survived by Carolyn Scheuer, his wife of 62 years; son Garry Scheuer III (wife Sheree), daughters Markay Suevel (husband Eric), Terri Zinke, Christine Molinowski (husband Stephen) and Shawn Killebrew (husband James), and son Paul Scheuer (wife Betsy); grandsons Ken Scheuer, Joshua Suevel, Justin Suevel, Ryan Suevel, Garrett Zinke, Trey Zinke, Levi Zinke, Mark Killebrew, Addison Killebrew,