John Louis Scherz, Sr. died on April 19, 1894. His obituary in the April 20, 1894 Sandusky Register, reported that he had been sick for two years with bronchial problems.
Mr. Scherz was born in Heidelberg, Germany, and came to the United States in 1846. He settled briefly in Galion before moving to Sandusky. He first married Anna Shaetler, who died in 1866. He married Mary Von Sickle after the death of Ann. J.L. Scherz was a pattern maker, working first for the Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad, and then for the Big Four.
The article in the Register stated, "Mr. Scherz was in every respect an admirable citizen. He was a staunch believer in the principles of the Republican party and at one time represented the Fifth ward on the Board of Education. Upright and honorable in all his dealings, he enjoyed the respect and esteem of a wide circle of friends."
J. L. Scherz, Sr. was buried in Oakland Cemetery next to his first wife Anna. He was survived by his widow, and a son, J. Louis Scherz, Jr. and Mrs. Julia M. Wagenet. The tombstone of Anna Scherz, the first Mrs. J. L. Scherz, Sr., who died on September 21, 1866, is pictured below.