Roland A. Scherer, 94, machinist, dog breeder

September 11, 2004

Roland A. Scherer, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. machinist and champion dog breeder, died of Alzheimer's disease Wednesday at Manor Care Rossville, where he had lived since 2001. He was 94.

Mr. Scherer was born in Baltimore, raised in Middle River and attended Baltimore County public schools. He worked for 34 years as a machinist at Bethlehem's Sparrows Point plant and retired in 1965.

Mr. Scherer was a longtime resident of Hydes, where he owned Rolcap Kennels, and bred and raised prize-winning beagles.

He was an American Kennel Club judge in the category of field trials for beagles and was elected to the Beagle Hall of Fame in 1975.

"He traveled all over the U.S. for the AKC, and his house was filled with trophies and ribbons. He must have had at least 75 trophies," said Lynn Pangborn, a longtime friend.

A 32nd-degree Mason, he was a member of the Scottish Rite and Boumi Temple.

Mr. Scherer was married in the early 1930s to Margaret O. Reidel, a homemaker who died in 1984.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Lassahn Funeral Home, 7401 Belair Road.

Mr. Scherer is survived by a daughter, Joan Hardin of Buckeye, Ariz.; and a grandson.

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