StatesmanJournal Obituary - 1/23/13
Dennis Dean Scharf
November 6, 1944 - January 19, 2013
Dennis lived in Salem all his life except for a short time when he lived in California.
Dennis was a survivor of the Oregon Museum Tavern Shooting May 7, 1981 which left him a quadriplegic.
After months in rehab he came back to Salem. His life changed forever from being independent and carefree, to a constant uphill climb. With the love and help from family and friends Dennis survived 31 ½ years.
Dennis had a passion for Drag racing, Sand racing, Boat drags, and old cars. He is survived by son, KC, daughter, Toni Scharf, stepdaughter, Sheri Floyd. Brothers, Harry (Karan), and Rodger (Sandy). Nieces, Kim, Shelly, Danielle, and Shawna. 4 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 8 great nieces and nephews.
Memories of Dennis from classmates:
Denny was a very close friend, but sorry to say I had not visited him for a long time, to which deepens my sorrow - We will miss him, but with a smile, as we know he is in heaven with God. ~ Rick and Ellen Muhs
I'm amazed he was able to live this long after being shot and paralized in the Meuseum Tavern mass shooting in 1981. ~Dave Ohmart
I saw this in the morning paper. It is amazing that he did live so long. Judy Guthrie had given him a reunion book a couple of months ago. So glad she did; she told us he was very interested in reading all about former classmates. ~ Carol Williams Textrum