Milford C. “Shorty” Scharlau, 91, of Lyndonville, NY, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, June 10, 2018, with his loving family at his side.
Born on October 10, 1926 in Lyndonville, NY, he was the son of the late Irving and Edith (Hornburg) Scharlau.
Milford grew up on the family farm and at the age of 19, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, from 1945-46 to fight in the Philippines, during WWII. On returning home, he took over the family farm, having lived there for a total of 82 years. Most of those years were spent alongside his loving wife, the late Alice (Ferris) Scharlau until her passing in 1995. He also was employed with Harrison Radiator of Lockport for 34 years, retiring in 1987. Milford was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church and the Lyndonville American Legion. He enjoyed going to auctions and tinkering in the garage. Milford will be remembered for always lending a helping hand to family and friends in need. Milford enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his faithful companion “Brownie”.
Milford is survived by two daughters, Janis and Sandy Scharlau, both of Lyndonville, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife, Alice, Milford is predeceased by his siblings, Duane, Wilbur, Harold and Gertrude, and a close friend, Jeanette Kroenig.
Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, June 14, 2018, from 11 AM- 1 PM at the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 112 N. Main St. Lyndonville, NY 14098, where a funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM with the Rev. Craig Rhodenizer officiating. Burial will be in the Lynhaven Cemetery with full military honors.
Memorials may be made in Milford’s name to: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 10213 Roosevelt Hwy. Lyndonville, NY 14098 or to: Hospice of Orleans Co. P.O.Box #489, Albion, NY 14411.
The family of Milford would like to thank all the U.S. Veteran’s Service Agencies that helped Milford while he was ill. Their kindness will never be forgotten.