Marion W. Scholes age 92, of Falmouth, Massachusetts, passed away on May 2 of natural causes surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Opal, his three brothers James, Max and Bill, his sister Judy and his wife of almost 68 years, Shirley. Marion is survived by his two children, Ray Scholes (wife Jill) of Findlay, Ohio and Wendy Scholes (husband Glen Amaral) of North Falmouth, Massachusetts. He also leaves behind four grandchildren: Kate, Ali, Andrew and Kathryn as well as 4 great-grandchildren: Jay, Ryan, Eli, and Joanna.
Marion was born in 1926 in Council Grove, Kansas, and spent his youth working on the family farm as well as working in the family bakery. After graduating from Council Grove High School he joined the Navy to do his part in the war effort. Because of his background he was assigned as a baker on board numerous troop transport ships in the North African and European Theaters. After leaving the Navy as a Petty Officer, he took advantage of the G.I. Bill and attended the University of Kansas. He graduated from K.U. in 1952 with a B.S. in Geological Engineering.
It was while attending K.U. that Marion met the love of his life, Shirley. Shirley was a graduate teaching assistant in the geology department. Marion’s family always chided him saying he only passed the course by marrying the teacher.
Marion and Shirley were married in 1950. After graduation, Marion went to work for The Ohio Oil Company (now known as Marathon Oil Company). He began as a field geologist stationed in Casper, Wyoming. Over the course of the next 34 years he moved a dozen times to Colorado, Nebraska, Ohio, Wyoming and Utah ending his career in Findlay as the Coordinating Manager of Exploration for the United States and Canada.
Shortly after retiring in 1984, Marion and Shirley moved to Falmouth to help care for Shirley’s parents. In Falmouth, Marion and Shirley became very active in the Cape Cod Curling Club curling for over 20 years. Marion curled all over the U.S. and Canada in many bonspiels (tournaments). In the late 90’s, his Falmouth team even made it to the U.S. National Curling Championships. Marion was an avid life-long golfer known for his smooth swing. He became a founding member of the Pocasset Golf Club when it went private after having begun playing at Pocasset as a public course in the early 1950’s. He was also a life-long member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and instilled in his children a love of rock hounding and fossil hunting (often to their respective spouses chagrin).
Marion was a much loved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Described by those who knew him as a true gentleman; his kindness, fairness, strong work ethic and wry sense of humor will be very much missed by his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Falmouth Education Foundation.