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Pat Scholl died peacefully at home on September 17, 2016 at the age of 90 1/2. She was born on March 17, 1926 in Riverside, Illinois to Albert F. Drazil and Mildred Catherine Heckel Drazil. She studied to be an airline stewardess for United States Airlines but opted for marriage instead when she met her beloved Bennett L. Scholl at Rothbury’s Jack and Jill Dude Ranch (for singles!) in 1946.

Ben and Pat became partners in the well-known Scholl Auction Service after Ben graduated in December 1948 from the Reppert School of Auctioneering. Ben, who died in 2013, was the face and distinct voice, while Pat filled all the other equally important roles from clerk to publicist. Both hard-working and strong willed, Pat and Ben raised three children, daughters Sherry and Becky and son Stuart, plus hundreds of animals; including spectacular draft and quarter horses.

They also organized 22 annual Plow Days at their farm, which grew to be one of the largest events of its kind in the country. Pat enjoyed tennis, swimming, collecting antiques, and playing the piano. In the 1980’s and 90’s, she paired her entrepreneurial skills with her love of travel and founded Scholl County Travel with her daughter, Sherry.

Pat is missed by her sister Elsa Gauler; her children; grandchildren, Dulcey, Dean, Tristan, and Linsey, three great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a multitude of other relatives and special friends. The Scholl Farm on Eilers Road serves as a living memorial to Pat and Ben’s tenacious passion for farm life and their commitment to the community they loved. In accordance with Pat’s final wishes, no public memorial service will take place. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 


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  1. Karen Chamberlain on September 23, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Just ready about your Mom and so sorry for your whole family. She was a great lady. I miss her and your Dad. They always made my day when they came to the restaurant. They always had such wonderful stories to tell. YesDads wonderful times in the service and making lots of bread. Prayers and Love, Karen Chamberlain

  2. Wayne & Shirley Beachum on September 25, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Will miss your smile and the many fun times.

  3. Joe and Evelyn Vogel on September 25, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Hi Sherry, Becky, and Stu-
    Evelyn and i send our sympathy
    for the passing of your mother. A very
    noble lady, and as her obit also says
    a very hard worker. Of course, we
    knew “Pat” as a very kind neighbor,
    -feisty to the end. She will be
    greatly missed in the community.

  4. Connie Kiggins on September 25, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. It was always enjoyable to talk with Pat and Ben.

  5. Raymond Post on September 26, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Sorry to hear about your mother passing. Do you remember me from the old country dancing group in muskegon. They were agreat bunch of friends,still sees few now and then. Sending our best wishes to you and the family.

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