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October 28, 1957 – Monday, June 27, 2011

Service Information
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church,
Thursday, June 30th, 2011
4:00 P.M.

Visitation Information

Scott James Schleif, age 53, of rural Buffalo passed away on Monday, June 27th, 2011 at his residence.

He was born on October 28, 1957 in Buffalo the son of James & Juanita “Patty” Henson Schleif.

Scott graduated from Buffalo High School in 1976.

Following High School, he honorably served his Country in The United States Air Force.

Scott was an avid outdoors man, a huge gardener, enjoyed hunting and fishing. He had a passion for English Pointer Dogs. Scott had a special place in his heart for his nieces and nephews.

He was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo where he was baptized and confirmed.

Survived by his loving parents: Jim & Patty Schleif; sisters and a brother: Vicki (Neil) Ebeling, Lauri (Tom) Hayes, Steven Schleif and fiancé Carol, Jill (Curt) VanLith and Julie (Jeff) Bruhn all of Buffalo; nieces and nephews: Sayward, Erin, Eric, Jack, Ashley, Ryan, Brady, Cody, Tanner, Jordan, Crosby, Saylor, Kelsey, Kaiti and Matt; great nephews: Cayden and Crew; Godparents: Grant and Norma Schleif; aunts, uncles, cousins, many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Scott James Schleif were held on Thursday, June 30th at 4:00 P.M. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Pastor James Disney officiated.

Interment with military rites followed at Lakeview Cemetery.

A visitation was held on Thursday afternoon, June 30th from 2-4 P.M. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo.

Casket Bearers were Mike Marquette, Dan Berg, Tom Henson, Tom Decker, Corey Fobbe, Dave Breitbarth.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo served the family.

43 Guestbook Entries

  1. Tami Berg

    The Schlief family is our family, too. You are all wonderful and we love you very much. We are thinking of all of you at this very sad time. Scott holds a special place especially in my heart. We will forever appreciate his laughter, great smiles, and the love that he gave to us as a friend and the kindness he shared with our kids. Rest in peace Scott. We will see you one day again. Love you!

  2. gary d johnson

    Dear Jim & Patty, I’m so sorry for your loss. God will give you the love for you to go on with your life.

  3. Rachel (Larson) Bebus

    So very sorry to hear about Scott. 🙁 He will be greatly missed.

    Rachel, Adam, Hannah, & Joshua Bebus

  4. Kaye Berning

    I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. I am praying for you to have peace and strength at this time. You have my deepest sympathies.

  5. Debra Schultz

    Words canont describe the sorrow I feel for your family. Scott was a wonderful person and friend. Our prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. The Wohlenhaus family

  6. Sarah Thompson

    So sad to hear about Scott. All of you are in my heart, thoughts, and prayers.

  7. Lisa Bursch

    Lori, Steve, Jill, Julie, Jim;
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Scott. I can’t even imagine.

    Blessings, Lisa and family

  8. Janice Marschel

    My deepest care and sympathy to all of you during these difficult days. May God hold you gently, comfort you softly and give you peace. You are such a strong, faith-filled family and I know you will draw on those strengths and the Lord to help you get through. Love, Janice

  9. Linda Brown Vollbrecht

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. It’s been many years since I’ve lived in Buffalo, but I haven’t forgotten how special the Schleif family is. My heart goes out to them and I hope they feel all the love and support from everyone whose lives they have touched.

  10. Carol Hafften Busse

    Oh my God… my deepest sympathy to the Schleif family and all of Scott’s friends. I have only good memories of Scott, his wonderful smile, good natured attitude and always a fun time. Scott, you will be missed. Love, Carol

  11. Nancy Henson Schroeder

    My heartfelt prayers to you all. I have many memories of growing up as cousins who were the same age. We even were in Mrs. Varner’s kindergarten class together.
    Love and prayers to you all,

  12. Bruce Varner

    Scott was a kind man that always had time to talk to me. He will be missed by all.

  13. Karen & Steve Suerth

    Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with Scott, his family, and friends. May God and all the Angels and Saints welcome Scott home and comfort those left to grieve. With lots of love, Karen & Steve Suerth & Family

  14. Marie Holthaus Hegle

    Scott was a wonderful guy and will be missed and loved by many.

  15. Tanya Dotseth

    Condolences from the Dotseth family to the entire Schleif family. Words can’t express the sorrow we feel at your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. May God bring you peace and healing.

  16. Jody Duske

    Schleif Family:
    May God fill your hearts with loving memories. God will gentle comfort your sadness with strengh and love to help you all get through this. You all are my second family, and I am truly blessed to have had such a childhood and an adult life with your whole family. Scott will greatly be missed by me. Go in peace Scott. Say hi to my dad & mom. Love you so much!!

  17. Jody Duske

    Schleif Family:
    May God fill your hearts with loving memories. God will gentle comfort your sadness with strengh and love to help you all get through this. You all are my second family, and I am truly blessed to have had such a childhood and an adult life with your whole family. Scott will greatly be missed by me. Go in peace Scott. Say hi to my dad & mom. Love you so much!!

  18. Terry & Stacy Bursch

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Schleif family. No words can express how sorry we are for your loss.

  19. Dick and Rene'e Mattson

    Jim and Patty and family; only God can explain your troubled time.

    Our prayers are with you and may this heal in time.

  20. Ward Westphal

    We are so sorry to hear of Scott’s passing. May God comfort the Schleif family in this time and know there are many out here thinking and praying for you.

    Ward & Michelle Westphal

  21. Diane Rethke

    May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you in this time of great sorrow. Scott was a wonderful young man. Love & Prayers.

  22. john l. berg

    My heartfelt sympathies to the Schleif family and the extended family. You are in my prayers.

  23. Mary DesMarais Smith

    Scott was a great guy, he had wonderful smile and always made you laugh. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. Your family has special togetherness that will help you get through this difficult time.

  24. Julie Bruhn b

    Scott; you were a very special brother. The why’s will never be answered I hope you know how much I loved you. I always will. I am so sad that I never got that last hug and to let you know how much you were so loved. You are and were so very special to all of us. Love you bro! Rest in peace until we meet again…..

  25. lisa mills

    Our sincere sympathy to all of you, and our prayers that together you will comfort each other.

    Lisa (Mattson) and Don Mills

  26. Dawn Holtz Slimmer

    Schleif Family; May the love and support of friends and family lift you up and bring you comfort during this time of sorrow. Over the years I would occasionally run into Scott. He always had a smile and a hug to share. He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed.

  27. Kimi Paumen

    To the Schleif Family:
    You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Scott always had a hug
    for me and was always smiling. He
    will be dearly missed.

    Kimi Paumen

  28. Brian Larson

    I took a few elbows on the Schleifs driveway basketball court while standing in the way of a driving to the basket Scott Schleif. Scott was one of the older kids in our neighborhood but was never the bully and always was up to letting use littler kids get in the game. One couldn’t ask for a better bunch of neighbors growing up than the Schleif’s.

  29. Leanne Colebank LaFave

    My sincere sympathy to the entire Schleif family. Scott’s smile was contagious! My heart breaks for you all.
    Sending my heartfelt sympathy and prayers.
    Leanne (Colebank) LaFave

  30. Wendy Pinor

    Dear Vicki, Neil and the Schleif Family;
    We are very sorry for your loss and hope you find comfort at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Dave, Wendy, Tyler and Abigail

  31. Rebecca M. Severson

    I was so saddened to hear of Scott’s passing away. I hadn’t seen him for several years, though my memories of him are joyful ones. He was a very sweet and happy man. Know he is in the gentle arms of our Lord now. He will always be safe.

  32. Susan veches

    You have our deepest sympathy for the loss of Scott. Years back, when I worked with him at Holmquists, he was always happy with a smile on, and that is how I will always remember him. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family, over this sudden loss.
    Susan and Jerry Veches

  33. Brian and Tara Munsterteiger

    Our deepest sympathy to the Schleif family. Scott’s smile was infectious. We are sorry we didn’t see him more often. May God’s grace and all your memories help you through this time.

  34. Jan (Kramer) Pride

    Vicki, Lauri, Steve, Jill, Julie, Parents, Nieces, Nephews; I pray for you all! The loss of Scott is unimagineable! The vision I have of Scott is his gleaming smile – always! You are all such a close knit and loving family! I pray that Scott has found peace and hope that you all will too, in time.
    With Love & Faith,

  35. Dale Bjorklund

    To the Schleif family; I wish to extend my deepest sympathy for your loss. May the Lord give you peace and understanding.

  36. Kathryn Elsen

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family.

    With Love, Kathryn elsen & Jeff Groshens and family

  37. Nicole (Peterson) Potter

    I am so sorry for the loss of Scott! He made many of us laugh during coffee time at J’s and that is what we will remember him for! There is an emptiness at the table were he should be sitting giving all of the guys and myself a hard time! No one can replace him and we will greatly miss him! I wish there was a way to understand, maybe when we all meet again we will have the answers we are all looking for. My thoughts and prayers are with your family!

  38. Marilyn (Riethmiller) and David Bullock

    Our sincere sympathy to the Schleif family at this very difficult time. We were so saddened to hear of Scott’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God grant you His Peace that passes all understanding and may the love of God uphold you in the days ahead.

  39. C. LeRoy Erickson

    I knew Scott as a student, athlete and a positive young man. He was always a hard worker and did his best at whatever he decided to do. He was forever kind and gentle to me and I appreciated his being a friend. Scott’s family and extended family and friends are in my prayers. C. LeRoy Erickson(former Buffalo High School teacher)

  40. Vanessa Payne Koshak

    Schlief Family–I had not seen Scott in years but the last time I talked to him he talked to me for hours. He was such a fun classmate way back when in Buffalo. May God bless your entire family and may He bless Scott in heaven as well.

  41. Robyn Patri (Payne)

    I am so sorry to hear about Scott’s passing. My heart goes out to Scott and all his family. I always remember him being so bubbly and very nice. May God comfort you at this difficult time. Take care and God bless you all!

  42. Korb Schwietering

    I am truly saddened to hear of your recent loss and would like to express my sincere condolences to your family on the recent passing of Scott. What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.

  43. Kathryn Schauer

    Jim ,Patty and Family; we are so sorry for your loss. Scott will be remembered for his great smile and all the fun we got into at youth group.


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