Robert Scherer

Robert M. (Mike) Scherer, 71, of Chillicothe passed away on Friday, December 22, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria

Mike was born on June 24, 1946 in Decatur the son of Robert M. and V. Marlette Scherer. He married Nancy L. Sparks on September 28, 1968 in Chillicothe.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Chillicothe; daughter Jennifer C. Cox of Chillicothe; son R. Matthew (Suzette) Scherer of Varna; two grandchildren, Chelsea Cox and Kyle Cox; one great grandchild, Aiden Seward; his sister, Pat (Sam) Wright of Chillicothe and; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew.

Mike was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in Vietnam. He was an electrician with IBEW 34 for many years and a professional bird carver for more than 37 years. He belonged to the Midwest Decoy Collectors, Illinois Artist Association, and Peoria Casting Club. Mike has entered his bird carvings in many competitions and is a distinguished Alumni of IVC which he was awarded in June. Mike was a hunter and fisherman. He love spending time with his family.

A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Edward Catholic Church in Chillicothe. Msgr. Michael Bliss will officiate. Visitation will be held on Wednesday evening from 5-7:00 pm with recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 pm. Memorials may be made to St. Edward Catholic church or to St. Jude's Children Hospital. Burial will be held in the Chillicothe City Cemetery. Mike's online memorials website may be viewed at