Family was most important to flood victim Jeff Scholl

Jeff SchollFuneral services were held Tuesday, June 22,for Petersburg native

He loved trains and tractors, mechanics and the outdoors.

But most of all, Jeff Scholl loved his family.

The 38-year-old wanted only the best for his wife, two sons, brothers, sisters, parents and grandparents.

He taught his young sons respect and responsibility. He was consistent in showing love and firm in discipline.

Those are some recollections from his parents, Wally and Karen Scholl of Petersburg, after they learned late Thursday night, June 17, that Jeff’s body had been found in the flooded Elkhorn River.

The family held out hope for more than two days that Jeff had somehow survived the bridge collapse. Their close-knit family has helped them deal with the loss of their oldest son, she said.

Scholl was one of three Nebraska Central Railroad workers on the bridge who fell into the river when the bridge they were inspecting collapsed with little warning. One of the workers was able to climb out of the river himself, and another was rescued by emergency personnel from Norfolk. However, Jeff was apparently pinned under the bridge as it collapsed.

“It is a big blow for the whole family, but at least now we know,” Karen said Friday.

Additional details in the June 23 Albion News and Petersburg Press Print and Electronic Editions.