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James P. Scarff, Jr., Colonel, USAF (Retired)February 02, 1934 – March 09, 2016
February 2, 1934 – March 9, 2016
Colonel (Retired) James P. Scarff, Jr., born February 2nd, 1934 in Frederick MD, passed away March 9th, 2016.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Susanna Price Scarff and parents Phillip and Charlotte Scarff. He is survived by a son James, daughter Amy, and four grandchildren, Ryan and Kaitlin Paull of Denver CO, and Adrian and Ian Scarff of Canyon Lake TX.
Col. Scarff was raised in Charleston WV and graduated from West Virginia University. While at WVU he met and married his life-long mate Susanne, from there they embarked on an exciting and rewarding thirty-year Air Force career. Following pilot training he was an active flyer in fixed-wing and helicopter aircraft, then held staff officer and command positions with Strategic Air Command, Air Training Command, Hq. USAF, the Pentagon, and Military Airlift Command.
Following retirement in 1987, Col. Scarff served as Director of the Randolph AFB Retiree Activities Office for seventeen years and was a member of the Air Force Retiree Council for five years. After returning to San Antonio in 1983 he was active in Randolph Chapel activities, serving in various volunteer capacities.
Graveside services and Interment will be conducted at 11:00 a.m on Friday, March 25, 2016. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Wounded Warriors Foundation.
Thursday, March 24, 2016We will miss Jim & his wit/humor, coupled with his friendship and passion in our Men’s group at Randolph Chapel. I personally enjoyed Jim’s leadership & selfless service….when I first got to know him better a few years ago at our PMOC Men’s Retreat at His Hill. Jim always took care of some of the program details, like bringing the Lord Supper elements that we shared together at the end of our retreat time. As I was asked to lead that Lord Supper time during a few years, I saw the detail, passion and love for the Lord in Jim’s actions. His quick wit & humor, and sometimes “jabs” with the brothers kept us all “on our toes”. We pray that he is at peace now with Jesus & his loved ones. Our thoughts & prayers to his family. God bless in Jesus.~Tom Blase (Chaplain, Col, USAF (Ret) & Family
Thursday, March 24, 2016May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.~Kenny Strickland, Converse, Texas
Tuesday, March 22, 2016I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help at this time.~Richard Ray, Cibolo, Texas
Tuesday, March 22, 2016We bought Jim and Susanna’s house when we were assigned to Randolph AFB in the mid 60’s. They were a delightfully gracious family. It was a pleasure to know them. Our prayers are with the Scarff family.~Jerry & Jo Preston, Benkelman, Nebraska
Monday, March 21, 2016A great leader who will surely be missed. Fond memories as his DO in the 39th Wing.~Doug Wendt, Joshua, TX
Monday, March 21, 2016We just received the news about Jim. Charlene and I will miss him and our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We would make it a point to have lunch with him and Susana on our way through TX. back and forth from NM. to AL. We were blessed to be able to see the both of them just prior to God calling them home. Jim is with Susanna and the Lord and in a better place. Good by old friend and RIP. We’ll see you guys for a great reunion on the other side when our journey here is over. John & Charlene Flournoy~John Flournoy, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Monday, March 21, 2016I also worked for Jim in the 39th Wing and we will all miss a dedicated leader and friend.~Roy Allen, Helotes, Texas
Monday, March 21, 2016He was my friend, my commander and my mentor. I will miss him.~Rich Gasparian, Shalimar, Florida
Monday, March 21, 2016The world loses every time a true patriot like Jim passes. Let’s keep his memory alive~John B. McTasney, Carmichael, California
Monday, March 21, 2016The world is a lesser place without Col. Scarff. He and his wife were exceptional people and it was great having known the family…my best wishes for Amy and JP…~Bill Ray, Universal city, Texas
Monday, March 21, 2016Rest in Peace, Jim. You were a great friend, leader, and counselor during our military days. It was a privilege knowing and serving our country with you.~Covey Campbell, Chatham, Illinois
Sunday, March 20, 2016We lived next door to the Scarf family growing up in Universal City and treasured them as neighbors and friends. I have many fond memories of Mr. and Mrs. Scarff. My prays go out to the family.~Richard Ray, Cibolo, Texas
Saturday, March 19, 2016I knew Jim and Susanne from the Randolph chapel for many years, just to see them as a couple every Sunday everyone knew God was a part of their life, they showed so much love for each other and the people around them I will always remember the love and affection they shared, our sympathy to their son and daughter, may God keep you in her care. Lee and Novell Lewis [Schertz, Tx]~Lee & Novella Lewis, Schertz, Texas
Saturday, March 19, 2016May the Scarff family find comfort in the beautiful memories of Jim. I cherish the memories made as my beloved husband Mark and I shared the pew with Jim and Susanna for over fifteen years at the Randolph Chapel. Jim was quite a remarkable man who will be greatly missed. With heartfelt condolences!~Martha Revallion, Universal City, Texas
Wednesday, March 16, 2016Although we no longer attend services at Randolph Chapel, we remember with fondness Jim and Susanne from our days sharing our faith in the Lord. A special person who always had a smile with a warm greeting for all. Blessings and prayers for the Scarff family are wished in Christ’s love. Walt and Yvonne Harding~Walter and Yvonne Harding, Marion, Texas
Tuesday, March 15, 2016Sending our love and prayers to the Scarff family. We will miss Jim, he was our pew partner at Randolph Chapel for many years. Patsye Dekle and Mary Black~Patsye Dekle, Schertz, Texas
Tuesday, March 15, 2016Our love and Prayers to the Scarff family, we will truly miss Jim, he was our pew partner at Randolph Chapel for years. Patsye Dekle & Mary Black~Patsye Dekle, Schertz, Texas
Tuesday, March 15, 2016Sending our love and condolences to the Scarff family. Lonnie and Kay Dean