David Leslie Scharpe, age 46, of Mound, formerly of Delano and Glencoe, died unexpectedly April 13, 2011, at his home.
He was born Feb. 4, 1965, in Glencoe, the son of Leslie and Dorothy (Litzau) Scharpe. David was baptized as an infant Feb. 21, 1965, by the Rev. Kuske at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Helen Township; and was confirmed in his faith April 29, 1979, by the Rev. Kath at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe.
David received his education in Glencoe and was a graduate of the Glencoe High School, class of 1983. He furthered his education by attending Willmar Vocational and IT Institute, studying computer graphics and electronics.
In 1986, David was married. This marriage was blessed with two sons, Nicholas, in June of 1996; and Nathan, an infant adopted from South Korea, in May 2002.
As a young man, due to his love of music, David organized his own rock band, “Madrid.” He sang and played the guitar, and released a tape titled, “Madrid Live from Glencoe, MN.” The band played at several venues throughout central and north central Minnesota.
David started his own business in computer graphics around 1990, called Forms of Business. Later, he was employed by Suter Electronics in the Minneapolis area for 15 years.
As a result of his interests in graphics, he designed many logos for groups and businesses, including the Delano Jaycees, of which he was a member; the City of Delano town logo for the water tower, papers, hats, etc.; and the business logo for the Mayflower Transport Truck Company, all still used today.
In addition to his love of music, David also enjoyed computer technology, fishing, and spending time with his sons at his property in northern Minnesota. He loved flying and took several lessons.
David was an avid collector of train sets and old outdoor Christmas decorations. He was proficient in computers, computer graphics, and electronics.
David was also a loving, devoted father whose greatest joy was his sons.
He is survived by his sons, Nicholas Scharpe, and Nathan Scharpe, both of Delano; his mother, Dorothy Scharpe of Glencoe; sisters Sandra Hamlin and her husband, Ray, of Coxsackie, NY, LuAnn Kroeger and her husband, Charles, of Glencoe, Deborah Aritt of Apple Valley, and Brenda Lynner and her husband, Steve, of Clarkfield; nieces and nephews, Tara Kroeger of Sandy, UT, Justin Kroeger and his special friend, Kathy Haiker, of Minneapolis, Jennifer Hamlin of Syracuse, NY, Rebecca Hamlin of Coxsackie, NY, Michael Lynner and his wife, Kate, of Chaska, Eric Lynner and his wife, Kaitlynn of Sioux Falls, SD, Matthew Lynner of Clarkfield, and Elizabeth Aritt of Apple Valley; great niece Zoey Lynner of Sioux Falls, SD; and other relatives and friends.
David was preceded in death by his father, Leslie Scharpe.
A private memorial service took place Tuesday, May 3, at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe, followed by interment in First Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Glencoe. The Rev. Paul Marggraf of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano officiated at the service. Meg Marggraf was the organist. Soloist Matt Schuth sang “Amazing Grace” and “On Eagle’s Wings.”
Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.