Lester William Scherschligt
Lester William Scherschligt
Born: September 29, 1934
Resided: Tyndall (formerly Lesterville), South Dakota
Died: May 10, 2019
Age: 84

Fr. Anthony Urban

Brian Maxwell

Organist ~ Emily Walloch
Special Music ~
Mark Scherschligt & Karen Harrington
Congregational Hymns
“Battle Hymn of the Republic”
“Prayer of St. Frances”
“I Can Only Imagine”
“Come to Jesus”

Honorary Casketbearers
Lester’s Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren,
& Great-Great-Grandchilden

Active Casketbearers
Brett Scherschligt, Travis Ranek,
Adam Winckler, Brandon Deffenbaugh,
David Steffen, and Colin Shantz

Lester William Scherschligt was born September 29, 1934 to John and Otillia (Hladky) Scherschligt at home on their farm by Menno, South Dakota. Born during the "dirty 30's" he often proclaimed, “We didn't have much but we always ate well and we always knew love.” It was a life lesson he carried with him his entire life.
Les had 3 basic loves: his God, his family, and baseball. He went to several country grade schools and attended both Scotland and Wolsey High Schools. In 1952, he joined the U.S. Army and went to Korea. After Korea, he was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. He married JoAnn Vaith in Olympia, Washington on June 18, 1955. After his honorable discharge, they returned to South Dakota. In their early years they moved around eventually buying a farm and settling by Lesterville. On that farm they raised their family, grew their faith, and built their dreams.

Les was an active member in the community. He belonged to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the Lesterville Fire Department, the VFW, the American Legion, and played baseball for the Lesterville Broncs. Baseball was a lifelong passion beginning when he was 15 years old playing on the State Amateur Baseball Championship team and ending some 50 years later when he played on 2 South Dakota teams that won World Series Championships in the Men's Senior Baseball League in Mesa, Arizona. Telling and retelling those 50 years of baseball stories was his favorite pastime. In 1998, Les was inducted into the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 1980, he lost the love of his life, his wife JoAnn, to cancer. He lived the next 39 years with the void she left in his heart and his life. On May 10, 2019 their spirits were once again united in the loving presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his 7 children: Warren (Janet) Scherschligt of Freeman, SD, Debora Maxwell of Tyndall, SD, Nick (Valorie) Scherschligt of Yankton, SD, Lisa (Ken) Winckler of Tyndall, SD, Jean (Mike) Deffenbaugh of Sioux Falls, SD, Carol Steffen of Sioux Falls, SD, Patty Everson of Sioux Falls, SD; 25 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; brothers Ray Scherschligt of Mitchell, SD and Art (Earla) Scherschligt Olatha, Kansas; sisters-in-law Vi Scherschligt of Wessington Springs, SD and Dorothy Wurtz of Yankton, SD; brothers-in-law Ken (Elaine) Vaith of Lesterville, SD and Art (Charlene) Vaith of Lesterville, SD; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife JoAnn, parents John and Otillia Scherschligt, parents-in-laws Adolf and Lillian Vaith, sister Helen Kaiser, brothers John Scherschligt and Fred Scherschligt, sisters-in-law Margie and Mary Jane Scherschligt, brothers-in-law Bernard Zitka and Hank Kaiser, sons-in-law Mike Ranek and Tom Maxwell, and great-granddaughter Katelyn Tennant.

This obituary was written in loving memory by the family of Lester Scherschligt.

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5/20/2019 Rick and Diane Meyer Scotland, SD
We were gone at the time of Les’ death and just heard of his passing yesterday. He will always be remembered as a great bus driver who was always a fun-loving guy! We had many talks about his beloved JoAnn through the years. He really missed her!! You had a wonderful father!
5/18/2019 Elmer Hasker's family ,
Dear Warren, Deb, Nick, Lisa, Jean, Carol & Patty,
We were saddened to hear of Lester's death. Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences.
5/17/2019 Frank Kloucek Scotland, South Dakota
Warren, Debr, Nick. Lisa, Jean. Patty and families:
Your Dad was one of a kind, I would visit him at his trailer usually three or four times a year when coming to Lesterville for feed, gas, parts, oil changes ect, The coffee pot was usually on in the am and we discuss world, national and state happenings. The secret is now out: he was one of my most trusted political advisors, We would discuss each others families and what they were doing, He loved all of you very much without question, His love for baseball was a distant second. He would give advice on issues of the day and talked of his strong support for blue collar leaders such as Sen Red Allen and Rep/Sen Garry Moore and about stopping corruption in Pierre. We would discuss Warren pitching, throwing those curve balls and Nick catching with his strong throws to second and chattering behind the box and so much more. He always had a joke or two to tell as well. It was an honor to know Les. He lived a good life and enjoyed it to the fullest.
5/15/2019 Joe Kleinschmit Yankton , SD
My sympathy to the family of Les. I remember Les as a very fine happy person. I always enjoyed our times having dinner together in the cafe in Lesterville. His life wasn't always easy but he always made the best of it and had a smile on his face and a story to tell. Truly a wonderful man. My prayers are with you in your time of Sorrow
5/15/2019 Kathy Bauer Ipswich, SD
Family was very important to Uncle Lester. I always saw a smile on his face. He loved the game of baseball and his kids. My condolences to you all.
5/15/2019 Linda Schenkel Yankton, SD
So sorry for your loss. Your dad was so kind to me when I moved to Lesterville years ago. He was such a good guy. He will be missed by many.
5/14/2019 Sara (Dummer) Cookson Cottage Grove, MN
Great picture of a wonderful man! I will always remember Les as a pillar of the Lesterville community. From the glory days in baseball, to opening Les' Cafe, to safely driving kids home from school, he always had a smile and a story. I'm so very sorry for your loss, but my sadness is lessened by knowing he is up in heaven with Johnny throwing the ball around and coordinating a pick-up game. Hugs and prayers.
5/14/2019 James Gordon Mapleton, Minnesota
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Scherschlit family. I will never forget hearing Les tell stories about baseball when I was growing up. He was a great guy and I'm glad to had the opportunity to get to know him.
5/14/2019 Harold and Angie Schramm Yankton , SD
We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
5/14/2019 Chuck Kocmich Phoenix, Airzona
This is one family I will never forget. From the days of chasing foul balls at the Lesterville ball park to the many church activities are families were involved with. God bless you all.
5/14/2019 Connie Tinney Farmington , MN
Carol and families
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time we are sorry for your loss. Brian & Connie (Jezek) Tinney
5/13/2019 Karen Harrington Mitchell, SD
Lester lived life to the fullest! He was just a big teddy bear!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
5/13/2019 Patty Ryan Apodaca Tempe, Arizona
It has been many years since I last visited with Les. He was always so friendly and had a great sense of humor. I am sorry for your loss.
5/13/2019 Leon Steffen Kimberling City, MO.
Carol and all of Les's family, and friends my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
5/13/2019 Glenda Bohlmann Menno, South Dakota
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss!! He was a great guy!!
5/12/2019 Teresa & Rodney Gall Yankton, South Dakota
Warren, Deb, Nick, Lisa, Jean, Carol, & Patty: Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and your families.

Funeral Service:
10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
700 1st St.
Lesterville, South Dakota
5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Goglin Funeral Home
807 W. 31st
Yankton, South Dakota
Wake Service:
Wake Service and Rosary
7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Goglin Funeral Home
807 W. 31st
Yankton, South Dakota
St. Johns Cemetery
Lesterville, South Dakota

with graveside military honors
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