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Robert F. Scheuerle

Obituary for Robert F. Scheuerle

September 24, 1929 - May 21, 2021
West Norriton, Pennsylvania | Age 91


As we mourn the loss of the head of our family, we also celebrate the remarkable 91 years of Robert (Bob) Scheuerle, a man who excelled in science, loved storytelling, and found sanctuary in nature.

Bob always loved numbers, whether he was playing cards or tracking investments. Born the same year as the stock market crash, he was separated from his parents and sister as a baby and sent to live in Kensington with his maiden aunt, Helen, who did her best to raise him during the Great Depression. Without much family or funds available, Bob concentrated on his studies and soon discovered his knack for science. Eventually, he earned his degree in chemical engineering from Drexel University. During his career in engineering, he developed several patents at Exide Batteries and even worked on a submarine making torpedoes for International Nickel during the Cuban Missile Crisis. His passion for numbers even led him to a second career in finance. He loved the simplicity, order, and predictability of numbers so much; he joked that he chose his daughters names because they all contained exactly 5 letters, and he wanted them evenly matched. Therefore, it is fitting that he passed away on the 21st day of the 21st week of the 21st year during the 21st century. Intentional or not, he would have agreed that those numbers make a great story.

After all, everyone knows that Bob had an infectious sense of humor, and a favorite line for most situations. Perhaps his most quotable was "Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story," and there are so many stories we could share. In the 80s, he would wear a T-shirt that said "Rising Sun Luge Team" as a conversation starter; he would introduce himself to his daughters' teachers as their "kid brother" well into his 50s; and he adored singing the funny lyrics of Country music songs like "Dropkick Me Jesus through the Goalposts of Life." Now, even as we grieve, we can't help but smile when thinking of that ridiculous song and its football metaphor: asking God to punt the singer through "them righteous uprights" of heaven, freeing him from the world below as he proclaims "I've got the will, Lord, if you've got the toe."

Of course, his most quotable line surfaced each time he grabbed his rod and tackle box and headed out to "follow the sun." Whenever he could, he would seek the comfort of nature, taking long walks in the park on or the boardwalk, body surfing in Ocean City, or fishing in a Pocono creek. Surely, whenever we step into the shadow of a tree, sink our toes into the sand, or feel a gentle breeze, his loved ones will be blessed with memories of long lazy days with him at peace in the woods and waves.

Those memories will have to sustain the many who share his legacy. That once orphaned boy who longed for family left this world after a joyful marriage to Edna that produced 4 daughters,16 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren as well as caring nephews, nieces, and so many more. In his later years, his beloved wife, June lit up his world with many adventures and his family grew with her two devoted children and grandchild. We will miss the twinkle in his eye, but we know his spirit lives in all of us who love to tell stories, the grandchildren who have dedicated their lives to science, and the growing numbers of people who will come to admire his legacy.

Relatives and friends are invited to Bob's Life Celebration on Friday, June 4, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. followed by a time of sharing at 8:00 p.m. at Boyd-Horrox-Givnish of East Norriton, 200 W. Germantown Pike, East Norriton, PA 19401. Interment at St. John Neumann Cemetery will be held privately. Family services are entrusted under the care of Boyd-Horrox-Givnish, 610-277-7000.

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200 West Germantown Pike
Norristown, PA 19401
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