Gaylord Leigh Scherer

March 31, 1946January 5, 2021

Gaylord L. Scherer, age 74, of Peoria, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 at 1:05 p.m. at OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born March 31, 1946 in Olney, IL to Jerome F. and La Vern (Dewhirst) Scherer. He married Cheryl Kugler on June 24, 1969 in Olney. She survives along with one son, Ryan Scherer of Peoria, and one sister, Juldine Olsen of St. Charles, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers: Jerome T. and Richard Scherer. Gaylord was a United States Army veteran serving in the Vietnam War. Following his time in the service he worked for Caterpillar, Inc. as an Engineer. He retired from Caterpillar in 2001 after 30 years. Gaylord was known for his patience, knowledge, and selflessness, and will be missed by all who knew him. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, cremation rites have been accorded and there will be no services. Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria is in charge of arrangements. You may view Gaylord’s obituary online at


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January 12, 2021

Although we were apart for the last 30 years we kept in contact all the time. he was my best friend for over 65 yrs. Nicer guy you will never meet. We camped, partied, laughed, and did things we probably should not have ( not bad, mischievous). I grew up as almost part of their family. Was at his house as much as my own. I love him and will miss him the rest of my life. It hurts really bad to lose him but i know he is in Gods hands. See you later Bean. MIke


January 9, 2021

I was blessed for having Gaylord as a co-worker and friend. He was a true gentleman.
"Mike" Hanard