Erik Charles Scherzer was born August 31, 1967 in Grafton, North Dakota to Charles and Marilyn (Matzek) Scherzer. All who loved Erik were heartbroken July 1, 2022 when he passed away suddenly.
Erik and his family, including twin sister Kelly, lived in many states growing up and those experiences were reflected in the person Erik would become. Whether it was their time in Kansas which solidified Erik as a lifetime Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan or the love for snow skiing gained while attending high school in Montana, Erik always found something new to try or learn no matter where life or work took him.
Erik had a curiosity for life that he lived out daily.
He attended the University of Iowa and proudly wore his Hawkeye gear and taught his son Nolan at a young age to sing “In Heaven There Is No Beer” after each of the Hawkeye victories. After graduation he started work at Norwest Bank which took him and wife, Kim, to California.
Next, they would trade sunny California for cold winters in Minnesota when Erik took a new position with ThermoKing. An opportunity with its parent company, Dresser Rand had Erik, Kim and their young son Nolan on the move again to New York state. Dresser Rand, now a Siemens Business, would transport the Scherzers to Houston where they would promote Nolan to big brother status welcoming daughter Emeri into the world to complete their family.
After sixteen years in Texas Erik stayed loyal to Kansas City but grew to love the Astros too. If Texas is known for their barbeque, Erik’s family and friends can attest that he was too. Erik enjoyed cycling with friends and the backyard pool with family. His nieces and nephews promise you he had the best cannonball.
To say Erik was a great son and a wonderful son-in-law would be an understatement. To say he was a dedicated father doesn’t do him justice. To say he was a loving and supportive husband just isn’t enough. To say he was a true friend seems too simple. Yet Erik was all these things and more.
He always exuberantly and loudly loved life. He didn’t shy away from laughing with his whole voice and that laughter was contagious. Erik was passionate, smart and not afraid to challenge others thinking while simultaneously being a great listener and open to differing views – not many can be described the same.
Kim, Nolan and Emeri along with Erik’s dad Charlie and his wife Barb; his sister Kelly and her husband Dan, their children (Travis, Molly and Paige) are joined by Kim’s family, father Darrell, brothers Rod (Teresa) and Mike (Lezlie) and his many nieces and nephews he was always teasing will find comfort in the shared memories and times together.
Erik’s family finds peace knowing he is reunited with his mother Marilyn and his mother-in-law Claudia.