Forrest "Doc" Homer Schar, DVM, 89, of Sardis, Ohio, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at his home.
He was born Feb. 16, 1923, in Sardis, to Homer Ephraim and Lucille Grace Forrest Schar.
He attended several different schools in Wayne and Medina counties, and graduated from Westfield High School in 1941. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, and, before he was sent overseas, he married Mary Louise Mikesell April 1, 1944. He served in Italy during WWII for 14 months and received a Purple Heart. Upon his return, he enrolled at Otterbein College, where he took his pre-veterinary courses, then attended The Ohio State University Veterinary College, from which he graduated in 1952. He had a private veterinary practice in Belle Center, Ohio. He left that practice to work for the Ohio Department of Agriculture as a state veterinarian, and moved to Bloomville, where he lived for 16 years and where his four children were raised. He was a member of American Legion 434, Disabled American Veterans, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. He was a Christian and attended the United Methodist Church in Sardis.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Schar; four children, Danford Allan Schar of Newbury Park, Calif., John Forrest Schar of Sardis, Evelyn Marker of Tiffin, and James Michael Schar of Frankfurt, Germany; a sister, Lovetta Power of Kansas City; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Lee Schar; two sisters, Melba Giauque and Evelyn Frary; and a daughter-in-law, Sharon Schar.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25, at Grisell Funeral Home, 37234 Mound St., Sardis, where the funeral will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26.
Interment will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Sardis, where military graveside services will be conducted.
Sympathy expressions may be made at grisellfuneralhomes.com.