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Clarence Scharpe, 91, of Arlington

Clarence Scharpe entered eternal rest Friday, May 6, 2016, at the Arlington Good Samaritan Center at the age of 91 years, 10 months and 27 days.
 
The funeral service was held Tuesday, May 10, at Zion Lutheran Church in Arlington. The Rev. Deborah Dawson officiated. Interment was in the Glencoe City Cemetery in Glencoe.
 
Clarence Edward Hilmar Scharpe was born June 9, 1924, New Auburn Township, the son of Gustav and “Minnie” (Alsleben) Scharpe. He was baptized into Christ on July 6, 1924, by the Rev. Diemer at Immanuel Lutheran Church, New Auburn. He was confirmed in the Christian faith on April 2, 1939, by the Rev. Werner at Immanuel Lutheran Church, New Auburn.
 
On March 4, 1945, he was united in marriage to Iona Bulau at Zion Lutheran Church, New Auburn Township. Their marriage was blessed with six children, Donald, James, Neil, Steven, Kathleen and Jane. The couple farmed in New Auburn Township in Sibley County until 1977, when they moved to a hobby farm just west of Arlington. In spring 2000. they moved into a twin home in Arlington. On May 7, 2014, Mr. Scharpe entered the Arlington Good Samaritan Center.
 
Mr. Scharpe enjoyed woodworking and helping his son and son-in-law with field work. He was always willing to do odd jobs for his children. He also helped cut up meat at the Arlington Market. The couple spent many weekends at their cabin on Clearwater Lake near Annandale. He enjoyed listening to old-time music and playing rummy with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, Arlington, serving as treasurer and trustee for many years.
 
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Iona Scharpe; sons and daughters-in-law, James and Myrna Scharpe of Arlington, Neil and Jo Lynne Scharpe of Minot, North Dakota, and Steven and Cindy Scharpe of Green Isle; daughters and son-in-law, Kathleen and Brian Oelfke of Hamburg and Jane Scharpe and Dave Breyer of Green Isle; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Martin Frauendienst; and sister-in-law, Lucille Henke.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gustav and Minnie Scharpe; son, Donald Scharpe; sisters and brothers-in-law, Frieda Scharpe, Gertrude and Frank Ellig, Alma and Harold Grack, Irene and Helmuth Hoops and Meta Frauendienst; brothers and sisters-in-law, Herbert and Clara Scharpe, Ernest and Iona Scharpe, Willard and Lillian Scharpe and Leslie and Dorothy Scharpe; and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Roy and Lorenda Bulau and Ellsworth Henke.
 
Arrangements were with the Kolden Funeral Home in Arlington.