June 30, 1951 – October 6, 2022
Karl George Scholz, of Arvada, Colorado died on Thursday, October 6, 2022. The son of
George Everett Scholz and Josephine Elizabeth Hinkle Scholz, Karl was born on June 30,
1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the second child and only son in a family of five children.
His gifts for words, for all things detailed and mechanical, and for music showed up early and
these passions were always a part of his life – a life that Karl lived on his own terms.
A musical prodigy, music was a part of who Karl was, and he loved music of all kinds – from
blues to classical to rock and roll. Whenever you were around Karl, you were also around music.
Growing up, music was always emanating from his bedroom – either the live playing of his
trumpet or the recorded playing of some song from his vast collection of vinyl – a collection
which he began as a child and which included over 1,000 albums when he died. He could pick
up almost any instrument and, within a couple of hours have figured out how to play it, and he
especially loved the harmonica, which he played for a variety of bands.
After graduating from Arvada West High School in 1969, Karl leapt into life with both feet,
leading a bohemian lifestyle that included many friendships, adventures, jobs, and pursuits
including working as a mechanic and as a “roadie” for many years. A “motorhead”, Karl loved
cars of all kinds and his favorite hobby was model-making. He leaves behind an impressive
array of model cars and planes – all lovingly put together with an extraordinary attention for
detail. For Karl always found pleasure in the details of life – the things that many of us overlook
– and he had an amazing memory. As a child he read the dictionary to learn unusual words –
which he loved using – and he always retained a vast knowledge of music, remembering tunes,
lyrics, songs, titles, artists . . .
Never a healthy person, in his middle age Karl developed Primary Lateral Sclerosis – a type of
ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease – which slowly stripped him of all mobility until, for the past
couple of years, he became home bound. He even had difficulty communicating – the disease
effected his speech and even his ability to use his cell phone for texting. And he could be a
difficult person – in fact some people used the term “curmudgeon” to describe his personality.
But he retained his unique capacity to find the joy in life’s small moments. He could sit for
hours and watch the squirrels outside his window eating the peanuts he kept for the home health
people to put in the feeders when they left the house after caring for him, he loved looking at his
coin collection, and he also loved his family and friends deeply – he was sensitive, kind, and
His many possessions – most of them mementos from his and his family’s past
– were arranged “just-so” so that he could always see them, and he remembered wonderful
stories about each and every one of them. And he continued his model-making. Sometimes it
would take days for him to put even one small part of some complicated car model together, but
when a model was done, he displayed it proudly. And even when he could no longer make
music, he always had it playing in some way in his house. His physical life was completely
confined and yet he still found joy in living.
Karl is survived by his four sisters and their husbands – Carol and Richard Buckalew, Judith and
Francis Castonguay, Barbara and Jim Banks, and Susan and Warren Kunish; many nieces and
nephews and great nieces and nephews; one Aunt – Zelma Levering; and many cousins.
Karl’s life will be celebrated with a funeral on Thursday, November 3rd , at 1:00 p.m. at Christ the King
Episcopal Church, 6490 Carr Street, Arvada Colorado with a reception following.
Donations in his memory can be made to the ALS Association: