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Obituary of Gregory M. Scheuerman
Gregory M. “Greg” Scheuerman, 59, formerly of Iowa City and Estes Park, Colorado, died on Friday, June 8, 2018 surrounded by family at the Iowa City home of his mother and stepfather, following a 9-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Gregory Merritt Scheuerman was born May 29, 1959 in Iowa City, the son of Sharm and Karlen (Sutton) Scheuerman. He attended Iowa City schools, graduating from West High School in the Class of 1977. He then attended Wartburg College in Waverly, IA on both football and baseball scholarships before transferring to the University of Iowa. In 1979, he moved to Denver, CO where he was employed first in the construction business and then with Kraft Foods.
He returned to Iowa City in 1990 to complete his studies at the University of Iowa and received the Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1992. After completing school, he worked in finance for the Jefferies Financial Group in Denver for several years, and then moved to Reuters News in the Financial Information department.
Realizing that his true interest was in teaching, he enrolled at the University of Denver and received a Masters degree in Teaching in 2014. His first position was with the Denver Inner-city school system, where he began by teaching mathematics to middle school students.
After a year in Denver, he had the opportunity to fill a position in the Estes Park, School System. It turned out to be exactly what he had wanted, teaching 7th grade math to a group of students he felt needed his full energy and involvement in order to master a difficult, but very important part of their curriculum. Greg loved his students, bonding with them and teaching in ways that could be quite innovative, like demonstrating measurement by riding his unicycle in the classroom to solve a problem.
Greg loved life and lived it to the fullest. While growing up in Iowa City, he developed many of the passions that lasted throughout his life. Forever a sports fanatic, he was always there to support the West High Trojans, Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs and many other teams that he felt close to. Above all, he was a walking encyclopedia of information about almost every sport.
He also particularly loved the outdoors, which played a large part in attracting him to and keeping him in Colorado. Whether he was hiking, canoeing, rafting, skiing, fly fishing for trout, with friends or alone, Greg spent many peaceful and productive hours amidst the grandeur and beauty of the mountains, forests, and streams in the backcountry.
Those who knew Greg recognized his ability to cook and his joy of cooking. Whether it was grilling buffalo chicken wings, baking black-bottom cheesecake, or making sushi, he was in his element and justly proud of his accomplishments.
And those who knew him also recognized that he had an immense knowledge of movies. One quickly learned that he could remember and tell you anything you wanted to know about many hundreds of small independent movies as well as the most recent releases. His exceptional memory may have been a major part of why his favorite show on TV was “Jeopardy”.
Most important to Greg was his family and his very large number of lifelong friends. For him, it was as important to keep in touch with his group of friends from 50 years ago as it was with those he met just last week. And he cherished them all.
Greg’s family includes his mother and her husband, Karlen and Bob Fellows, a brother, Tom and his wife Karen; a sister, Jamey and her husband David Moore; a niece, Grace Moore; a nephew, Will Moore; and his father’s widow, Kathy Scheuerman. His father, Sharm Scheuerman, died in 2010.
Greg had shared his thoughts for this time and had asked that his family and friends gather to celebrate his well-lived life. A Celebration of Greg’s life will be held from 1-4 pm, Sunday, September 23rd at the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame.
At this time if you wish to share a thought, memory or condolence, please visit the funeral home website at www.gayandciha.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Greg’s memory to the Holden Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City Hospice, Inc. or a fund to further support the students of Estes Park Middle School.
Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service of Iowa City is caring for Greg’s family and his arrangements.