Fredrick E. Scherrer

Died: Mon., Sep. 23, 2019

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Nov. 09, 2019
Location: Augusta Community Church

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Augusta, MT - Fredrick (Fred) Earnest Scherrer, Jr., endeared and known to many as “Bruz” (his sister couldn’t pronounce brother), passed away September 23, 2019 peacefully in his sleep to be with his savior Jesus Christ, at home, as he wished, on the Cloverleaf Ranch in the same room his father had.  Fred’s life started in 1930, when he was born to Pearl and Fred Scherrer.  He resided in Helena for six days prior to moving home to the family ranch just three miles east of Augusta and a stone’s throw from Gilman.

Growing up on a ranch during the great depression, severe drought, and World War II taught him how to work hard, save for a rainy day, and the importance of family and service.  Fred attended school in Augusta and had to walk three miles “uphill both ways” as we were told.  He competed in track, making it to the state track meet in Missoula all four of his high school years.  He was a fast runner, but his broad jump ability was what took him to state.  

Following high school, he enrolled in classes at Montana State University in Bozeman, then joined the Air Force. He was an Air Cadet, served at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas and in Malden, Missouri.  He learned to fly an AT-6.   Fred was one of 400 cadets representing the Air Force at General Vandenberg’s funeral, marching to Arlington National Cemetery.  He passed up a commission, took a desk job, and worked for the Base Commander, Deputy Commander, and the Adjutant.  Fred received the Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medals while in the service.  Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Montana, completed his college education, and graduated with a degree in agriculture in 1959.  

Fred met his future bride at a dance at the Civic Hall, now the Augusta Museum, when Phyllis Swanson and her friend, Susan Schrader, came to play music for the golden wedding anniversary for Mr. & Mrs. Howard Bowman.  Fred and Phyllis met and danced each other “off their feet”.  They married July 15, 1961 in Glasgow, had their first boy, Fred III in 1962, and then said “enough” when the twins Robert and Richard came in 1966.  

During Fred’s ranching career, he also found time to serve on the Wool & Livestock judging teams, the Fairfield Wool & Lamb Pool as a member and on the Board of Directors, the Nilan Water Users as a member and on the Board of Directors, as a supervisor for the Lewis & Clark County Soil Conservation District, and as a District Supervisor for the Lewis & Clark County ASCS.  Fred was also a member of the Montana Stockgrowers Association, Augusta Community Church, a lifelong member of the American Legion, Republican National Committee, and others I’m sure.

Fred enjoyed visiting and sharing the area history with anyone that would listen.  He loved family traditions, reunions, watching his bobcats win, and spending time with the squatters camping below at their “KOA” by the river.  Fred was someone who’s word meant something, and you could count on him being there for you anytime of the day or night.  Dad helped many a neighbor but was generous to a fault as he lent out many things that ended up not coming back or would be “broke” when it did, yet he never wavered when he was asked to help again.  He was very civic-minded and heavily involved with the Augusta Museum.  Fred was a volunteer senior companion and encouraged others to do the same.  He was a loyal and faithful Gideon for over 41 years.  (Twenty Memorial Bibles have been donated in his name since his passing.) We can only hope to obtain half the good reputation as our Dad (Fred) had.

Fred was a cancer survivor and fought for many years.  Later, other health issues took over and his body just couldn’t take anymore.  
Dad heard about the winter storm coming; he’d been through enough winters, so he decided to check out a little early and go to a perfect place.  Fred is survived by his wife, Phyllis of 58 years; sister Carol Scherrer (Gibbons); son Fred (Agnes) Scherrer III; son Robert (Debbie) Scherrer; son Richard (Rhonda) Scherrer; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents Pearl and Fred Scherrer, along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins.  

He is remembered as a loving husband, caring father, instructing grandfather, uncle, generous neighbor, best friend, a true steward of God’s land and creatures, but most importantly, as a devoted follower of Jesus Christ.  Fred was loved by many and I’ve heard it many times that he was a “Saint/Angel” put on earth as an example for the rest of us.  Anyone who knew Fred, knew he was a compassionate man with a heart of gold.  Dad will truly be missed by his family and friends.  He leaves a large hole in our lives with some big shoes to fill.  Rest easy, all is well, goodbye until we meet again!
The family would like to thank everyone for their support and friendship over the years.  Cremation has taken place under the direction of Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home.  A memorial service will be held 11:00am Saturday, November 9th, 2019, “Veterans weekend” with military honors at the Augusta Community Church in Augusta.  A reception will be held afterwards at the Augusta Youth Center.  In lieu of flowers, please donate in honor of your friend to the “Fred Scherrer Memorial Fund” for Augusta High School Scholarships and other areas of need in the local community.  Donations can be given to family members, mailed to PO Box 391, Augusta, MT 59410 or online at (search: “Fred Scherrer”).  Condolences and memories of Fred can be shared with the family at

Charitable donations may be made in Fredrick's memory to the following organization:

“Fred Scherrer Memorial Fund”
PO Box 391, Augusta, MT 59410

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Julie Hollar/Brantley
   Posted Tue October 15, 2019
What a good guy, that Fred.
My heart goes out to your boys and to you, Phyllis.
I hope to make the services -
What precious reunions there'll be in Heaven ~

Diane Boley
   Posted Thu October 17, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Brad king
   Posted Thu October 17, 2019
My thoughts an prayers to you Phyllis, Fred, Robert and Richard. Your husband/father was one of a kind, a really great guy. I always liked and respected him a lot. Many very good memories include Fred. He will be missed by many. May God Bless you and be with you.

Brad King

Susan(Carter) Kingsley
   Posted Thu October 17, 2019
I'm so sad to hear of Fred's passing. I grew up knowing him and he was a gentle soul. Always smiled and spoke to everyone. My fondest memory of Fred is in church when we would sing and request songs. His favorite was " Is your burden heavy". I love that song to this day.. No more burdens for him and I'm sure he heard "well done good and faithful servant.". All my love and prayers to the family.

Dan Edwards
   Posted Fri October 18, 2019
Sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He will be missed, especially by those looking for information on old time Augusta.

Lauren Huge Hansen
   Posted Fri October 18, 2019

Dear Phyllis, Fred III and Family, Robert and Family, and Richard and Family.

My sympathy to you all at this sad time. We know Fred is in Heaven watching over all and glad to know you all are ok.

God Bless. Lauren H. Hansen

mitch walter
   Posted Sun October 20, 2019
To the family of Fred Scherrer our condolences. I sure had a great time with Fred and Phyllis during his NASDA days. I will always remember his mentoring, his work ethic and his great smile. Our Lord Jesus Christ has blessed us all with knowing Fred.

Carmen Pennington
   Posted Mon October 21, 2019
So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. I really enjoyed working with him many years ago at Ag Stats and have many great memories of him and his wonderful sense of humor. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Millie Allen Kindle
   Posted Mon October 21, 2019
My prayers are with you, Phyllis, Fred, Richard and Robert a this time. Fred was truly a man who gave back to the community. He will be missed but he is has gone to his father's place. We will see him again.

Lyn Mc Donough Edwards
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
My condolences to the entire family. I spent many days at the Scherrer house and I always could count on a great conversation with Fred. He had the most beautiful blue eyes and a gentle soul. Like the song says, If I had five more minutes, I would like to spend them with you. Enjoy your afterlife you lived your life well and can have conversations with all who have loved you. My heart goes out to Phyllis and the boys and their families.

Lyn Mc Donough Edwards
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
My condolences to the entire Scherrer family. I spent many days out at the ranch and I always enjoyed the conversations with Fred. He had the most beautiful blue eyes and a joy to be around. May he be at peace in his afterlife. To Phyllis and the boys, stay strong and know how lucky you had Fred in your lives.

John and Gina Gill
   Posted Mon November 04, 2019
Fred, Agnes, Josh, and Cody - we're sorry for your loss. You're in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

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