Allyn Bruce “Bugsy” Scherer, formerly of Dowagiac

Allyn Bruce “Bugsy” Scherer, 64, formerly of Dowagiac, now of Kimball, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at his residence. Arrangements have been entrusted to Clark Chapel, 405 Center St., Dowagiac.

Bugsy was born on April 5, 1956, in Watervliet, to the late Louis and Angeline (Fello) Scherer. On Sept. 1, 1979, Bugsy married the love of his life, Carol Pavey Wittorp, and they began their long and adventurous life together.

Tractors were a part of Bugsy’s life from the start. Farming with his father and brother until the early ‘80s when he started his tractor repair business, Scherer’s Hideaway Farm Service, which grew into a tractor and implement dealership.

In 1996, a move to Colorado, which became a second home and many more friends. After spending many vacations snow skiing in Colorado and having the mountains out the back door, it was a dream come true. Although, leaving behind his home and family and friends was difficult.

Allyn Bruce “Bugsy” Scherer

Bugsy began his career as a sales rep for tractor and implement companies. In 2002, he began working for Branson Tractors and that relationship continued until present day. He made many more friends through dealerships and co-workers. His reputation as an honest and “get it done” guy made him a favorite among his dealers.

In 2005, his daughters had settled in southeast Michigan and grandchildren were waiting. So, another move back to Michigan and the best years were to come.

Bugsy never lost his love of motorcycles, which he and his brother raced as young men and continued to ride until very recently. NASCAR was his favorite sport. Bugsy always looked forward to the beginning of the NASCAR season and Dale Earnhardt was his favorite driver. His shop was his man cave and there he enjoyed collecting NASCAR memorabilia. Bugsy was also a Detroit Lions fan and enjoyed watching football on the weekends.

His latest acquisition, the 1971 El Camino, was a longtime dream come true. Unfortunately, he didn’t get to drive it for long.

If you would ask Bugsy, he would say his best accomplishment was his family. He loved spending time at home with all the kids, providing mini bikes, snow toys, a golf cart and plenty room to play. The snow ski trips with the grandkids were always cherished.

Bugsy is survived by his wife, Carol; his daughters, Cara (Mark) DenUyl and Cassandra (Len) Crull; grandchildren, Bryson, Brock and Riley DenUyl and Sydney and Sage Crull; siblings, James (Sandy) Scherer, Joe (Joyce) Scherer, Judy (Sonny) Hendrix and William (Linda) Scherer; many nieces, nephews and cousins, with a special acknowledgement to Johnny (Joyce) Scherer who was so much help during this time. He is preceded in death by a brother, Ronald. Bugsy will be missed by all who loved him.

A celebration of life service will take place on at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Dowagiac, with Father Russell Homic officiating. Burial will follow at Keeler Township Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at Clark Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, 25882 Orchard Lake Rd., #102, Farmington Hills, MI 48336 or info@crohnscolitisfoundation.org. Friends wishing to leave the family a message of condolence may do so at clarkch.com.

Edwardsburg

Ontwa Township Edwardsburg Police Log: Feb. 15-22

Dowagiac

SMC graduate experiences Super Bowl

Dowagiac

Dowagiac women aim to create change through local government

Dowagiac

SMC COVID task force leader talks with Dowagiac Rotary Club

Business

Niles roller rink reopens following legal battle

Berrien County

Michigan Works! announces community wide survey to learn about COVID-19’s impact

Cass County

Cass County prepares to adjust to criminal justice reforms

Berrien County

Michiana Family Center seeks mentors for foster teens

Business

Nobo Michigan opens Edwardsburg location

Cassopolis

Businesses battle over land use in Cassopolis’ Industrial Park

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Police Log: Feb. 19-24

Berrien County

Mount Calvary Baptist to host COVID-19 vaccination clinic March 5

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Berrien County reports new COVID-19 death

Berrien County

Berrien County Health Department, Spectrum Health Lakeland give vaccination updates

Cass County

Applications open for Cass County Sheriff’s Community Scholarship

Berrien County

Berrien County commissioners send message to state on regionalizing COVID-19 approach

Cass County

Lewis Cass ISD to host superintendent interviews Monday

Cass County

Michigan Works! to open office in Cass County administration building

Business

Dollar General, marijuana microbusiness, Iron Shoe expansion coming to Niles

Dowagiac

Silver Creek Township Planning Commission tables short-term rental ordinance draft vote

News

New SOS online, self-service options coming soon

Business

Niles restaurant week to showcase 18 restaurants

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 583,964 cases, 15,405 deaths

Cass County

Cass County GOP censures Congressman Fred Upton for vote against Marjorie Taylor Greene