Obituary by Michael Scherz (1952 – 2021) – Pocatello, ID


Born in North Platte, Nebraska, on October 23, 1952, Michael Scherz, at the age of 69, died on November 28, 2021 at the Portneuf Medical Center. Michael’s childhood years were spent on the family farm in Nebraska that had operated in the mid-1860s. He graduated from North Platte High School in 1970.

Preceded by the deaths of his parents, Robert and Faye Scherz, and of his sister, Kathleen Smith, Michael is survived by his wife of 29 years: Susan Day Scherz; brothers: Glen Scherz, Hay Springs, Nebraska; Chris Scherz, Glendive, MT; and her sister, Glenda Scherz, Lincoln, Nebraska. Michael and his wife Susan first met on the Grand Canyon Railway train ride from Williams, Arizona, to the Grand Canyon and then back to Williams.

Michael worked in road construction, studied diesel mechanics, and farmed in his late teens and twenties. He later worked in agriculture in Hyder, Arizona, before becoming a gunsmith. Over time, Michael developed his creative, mechanical and artistic skills as a freelance worker as a custom gunsmith and owner for Gila River Gunworks and, later, Scherz Custom Gunworks. He was best known in some circles for his large-caliber rifle design. His interests and hobbies included reading and studying historical texts, studying the Bible, following current and historical political thought, and designing unique features through his work as a gunsmith. Recently he had started writing children’s stories – most of which are not quite finished and published.

Special recognition goes to the Portneuf Medical Center for their excellent care and attention during Mike’s extended stay. We also thank the many people in the communities of Pocatello, Chubbuck and Fort Hall Reservation, including healthcare professionals, local businesses and many friends local and far away who have sent their prayers, wishes and support to Mike and his woman for the past few weeks. Prayer and ministerial support from Grace Lutheran Church, Twin Falls Reformed Church, and Bethel Baptist Church are also greatly appreciated.

A combined in-person and online memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. MT on Saturday, December 11 at Grace Lutheran Church in Pocatello. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending donations to charities supporting children with serious / long-term illnesses or relief efforts for individuals / families facing the long-term effects of COVID.

Memories and condolences can be given to the family at A zoom link will also be available on the Michaels tribute page.

Published by Idaho State Journal on December 5, 2021.


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