OBITUARY: Dr. Harley Scholz

Obit photo - Dr. Harley Scholz

June 21, 1940 – March 15, 2013

Harley Joe Scholz of Perry, Okla., a physician in Enterprise for many years, died March 14, 2013, at the age of 72.

He was born in Perry, Okla., the first son of Joe and Sybil Scholz. He graduated from Perry High School in 1958, and attended North Oklahoma Junior College for two years before continuing pre-medicine studies at Oklahoma State University; he graduated from the Oklahoma University School of Medicine in 1965.

He married Sue Stewart in 1962. They had four children, two born in Wallowa County.

After a year of internship at University of Washington Hospital, he started his career in family medicine in Yates Center, Kansas.

About two years later the family moved to northeast Oregon and Dr. Scholz opened Winding Waters Clinic in Enterprise.

During the 17 years he practiced in Enterprise he became a community leader and had a ranch where he raised Simmental cattle. He was an avid bow hunter, trout fisherman and a Little League coach.

Because of ill health, Dr. Scholz and his family moved to Glendale, Ariz., where he joined Cigna Healthcare as a family physician. He was named Cigna Clinician of the Year in 1984.

As his health failed, he looked forward to retirement, which came in 1999. Harley and Sue moved back to Perry, Okla. During his mother’s last years, she lived with them, and Harley became her main caregiver. He also became a leader in his church.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Sue; his children and their spouses, Karl and Penny Scholz of Casper, Wyo., Kurt and Laura Scholz of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Kristin and Martin Brunelle of Peoria, Ariz., and Harli Jill and Travis Franklin of Fort Collins, Colo.; his brother, Jerry Scholz of Skiatook, Okla.; and six grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Ceres Christian Church in Ceres, Okla. Palmer Marler Carberry Funeral Home of Perry is in charge of arrangements. Messages may be left for the family on the online guestbook at

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Harley Scholz Memorial Scholarship through the Perry Elks Lodge.

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