FAIRBURY - Dane Michael Scherr, 33, Urbana, formerly of Fairbury, died at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday (April 5, 2006) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church of Fairbury, with the Rev. Stan Rapp and the Rev. Charles McDonald officiating. Burial will be in Cropsey Cemetery, Cropsey. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday.
He was born Aug. 9, 1972, at Colorado Springs, Colo., to Roger and Marcia Fagot Scherr.
Surviving are his parents, Roger and Marcia Scherr, Fairbury; one brother, Brent Scherr, Fairbury; grandmother, Margaret Fagot, Fairbury; and aunts and uncles, Linda and Chuck Kuhn, Peoria; Paul and Mary Flint, Aledo; and Owen and Trudy Fagot, Fairbury.
Memorials may be made to Dominy Memorial Library of Fairbury or DSC (Developmental Services Center), 1304 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL 61821. They both helped him greatly along the way.
Following Dane's graduation from ISVI in 1993, and mobility training in Chicago, he was accepted into the program at the Developmental Services Center in Champaign in November 1994. He became a resident of the C/U Independence Apartments on Kerr Avenue in Urbana. DSC was instrumental in finding him employment at various businesses and most recently as a member of the DSC recycling team at Carle Clinic and Hospital.
Dane was an avid reader using his magnifier, and was often seen at Dominy Memorial Library in Fairbury, where he volunteered one summer and later at Champaign/Urbana Libraries.
His free spirit and quest for independence was furthered by his mobility instruction. This allowed him to travel on the mass transit system and he also planned and traveled three times to Chicago using the train and buses.
He was a participant in the Career Club at DSC, and was instrumental in establishing the Computer Club, the Executive Council at the C/U Independence Apartments and People First Self Advocacy Group. Dane recently completed a Champaign County IETC Computer Proficiency Course.
He was a firm believer in recycling and saving the Environment. He loved his computer and the History Channel. His ability to always see the rainbow through the clouds made his 33 years a gift to all.