Dr. Harold G. Scheffler of Williamsville, a retired veterinarian, died Monday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness. He was 85.
Born in Williamsville, he was a graduate of Williamsville High School and Cornell University Veterinary School.
Dr. Scheffler served in the Army as a food inspector and an animal physician stateside and in India during World War II, attaining the rank of captain.
Returning from service, he established Elmwood Small Animal Hospital, which he owned and operated until he retired in 1990. He continued to work part time after retiring. He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
An avid golfer and fisherman, Mr. Scheffler was a longtime member of the Country Club of Buffalo, the Brook Haven Trout Club and the Elma Gun Club.
A son, Gary W., died in 2001.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Mary Louise Wallace; a son, Harold II of Arlington, Va.; three daughters, Pamela Glueck of Williamsville, Connie Hitchcock of Snyder and Dr. Barbara Scheffler Mernan of East Amherst; a sister, Ann
Solomon of Camarillo, Calif.; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 4275 Harris Hill Road, Clarence. Burial in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda, will be private.