Representative William Joseph Scherle View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 8/27/2003
Birth Place: Little Falls, New York
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
House: 59 (1961) - 61 (1965)
Home County: Mills
William Joseph Scherle
Mills County


Mr. Speaker: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character, and public service of the late Honorable William J. Scherle begs to submit the following Memorial:

William J. Scherle was born March 14, 1923. He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy and later attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He served in the United State Navy during WWII and was a member of the Navy from 1947 to1954. He married Dorothy Jane Goldapp in 1947.

He moved to Iowa in 1948 where he established a grain and livestock operation. He was appointed chairman of the Mills County Republican committee in 1956. He was elected to Congress in 1966, serving in three succeeding Congresses from 1967 through 1975. In 1975 he was named to a top administrative post in the United States Department of Agriculture by President Ford. He later established a consulting firm in Washington, D.C. which he maintained from 1977 to 1987. He retired in 1988 and returned to the family farm in Iowa.

A Republican, Mr. Scherle was a member of the Fifty-ninth, Sixtieth, Sixtieth Extra, and Sixty-First General Assemblies. He was named an outstanding legislator by the Press Corps in the Sixtieth General Assembly.

William J. Scherle died August 27, 2003 at the age of 80. He is survived by his wife, Jane, of Henderson; two sons, William D. Scherle (Joan) of Des Moines, and John Scherle (Janet) of Henderson; a sister, Dorothy Kutzba of New York, and two brothers, Al Scherle of Council Bluffs and Robert Scherle of Virginia, and six grandchildren.

Now Therefore, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Eightieth General Assembly of Iowa, That in the passing of the Honorable William J. Scherle, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the House by this Resolution would express its appreciation of his service.

Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of this Resolution be spread upon the Journal of the House, and that the Chief Clerk be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.