Commerce City, CO, resident Micki Scherling died Thursday, December 27, 2018, at her home with her loving family by her side. Micki battled metastatic breast cancer for nearly 13 years, living with joy and passion in the face of her diagnosis. She was 56 years old.
Micki Linn Overmiller was born on October 24, 1962, in Red Cloud, NE, the daughter of Robert “Bob” and Julia “Judy” (Ellis) Overmiller. She grew up on the family farm northeast of Smith Center, KS. She graduated with honors from Smith Center High School in 1981, and earned an associate degree in cosmetology from Garden City Community College in May 1982.
On June 26, 1982, Micki was united in marriage to Dane Scherling at the Thornburg United Methodist Church north of Smith Center. The couple moved to Kansas City, KS, where she worked for two hair salons while Dane attended mortuary school. After Dane’s graduation in December 1983, they moved back to Smith Center where she worked at the Looking Glass Salon. In October 1984, they moved to Kensington, KS, where she worked part-time at Betty’s Beauty Shoppe, and where she and Dane began their career in the funeral business together. For the next 26 years, they owned funeral homes in Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska. Their first son, Ian, was born in June 1986, and their second son, Ren, was born in November 1989.
In March 1998, the family moved to Goodland, KS. Micki worked as a teller at the First National Bank and as smile maker at Brittney’s Photography. For more than a decade she opened their home to host weekly bible studies, and for eight years she and Dane led a youth group, leaving a deep and lasting imprint on many people’s lives. In August 2005, she and Dane were part of a team that planted the Harvest Evangelical Free Church. Micki also co-facilitated GriefShare grief recovery groups for several years.
In 2001, Micki was diagnosed with breast cancer. In May 2006, after surgery and treatment, she was declared cancer-free. That October she received a new diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer, which was a type of cancer that differed from her first diagnosis.
In October 2014, Micki and Dane moved from Goodland to Cape Cod, MA, to live near their son Ian and daughter-in-law Anna. There, Micki worked as an assistant funeral director at Doane Beal and Ames Funeral Home in Hyannis, MA, and was the certified life celebrant for the 30 Dignity Funeral Homes in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Dane was the manager for the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Homes in Bourne and Sandwich, MA.
Micki and Dane moved to Colorado in June 2016 for the opportunity to work with their son Ren, a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Darrell Howe Mortuary in Lafayette, CO. Micki continued her work as a certified life celebrant for Darrell Howe Mortuary, Rundus Funeral Home in Broomfield, CO, and DeWitt-Tabler Funeral Home in Thornton, CO. Dane is the general manager of Darrell Howe Mortuary and Boulder County Crematory.
Preceding Micki in death are her father, Bob Overmiller, in 2003, and her niece Alli Jo Baskerville in 2017.
Micki is survived by her husband, Dane, of their home in Commerce City, CO, and their two sons, Ian Scherling, his wife Anna (Jurey), and Ian and Anna's daughter, Lucy, of Watertown, MA, and Ren Scherling and his wife Emelia (Coppage) of Aurora, CO. Micki is survived by her mother, Judy Overmiller, who moved with Micki and Dane to Cape Cod and resides with them in Colorado. Also surviving are Micki’s four siblings, Patti Gilpin of Wichita, KS, Linda Stroede of Overland Park, KS, Gayle Overmiller and his wife, Julie, of Beloit, KS, and Bryan Overmiller of Prairie View, KS; mother-in-law, Marilyn Scherling, of Manhattan, KS; two sisters-in-law, Debbie Kleinau and her husband, Jim “Shorty,” and Susan Scherling, both of Manhattan, KS; and brother-in-law, Syd Scherling and his wife, Karla, of Woodbury, MN, as well as many loving nieces and nephews and many friends.
Micki was a staunch advocate for metastatic breast cancer research. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to METAvivor, an organization dear to Micki’s heart. Please specify your contribution is in memory of Micki Scherling. To donate, visit www.metavivor.org.
There was a funeral service at 10:30AM on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette, Colorado.
There was a funeral service at 10:30AM on Friday, January 4, 2019 at Harvest Evangelical Free Church in Goodland, Kansas.
A graveside service took place at 1:00PM on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Cedar Hill (Cora) Cemetery in Lebanon, Kansas.