Marion W. Scholes, 92, of Falmouth died May 2.
The son of Ray and Opal Scholes, he was born in Council Grove, Kansas. He spent his youth working on the family farm and also in his family’s bakery.
After graduating from Council Grove High School, he joined the Navy to help out with the war effort. Because of his background he was assigned as a baker aboard numerous troop transport ships in the North African and European Theaters.
Mr. Scholes completed his military service, leaving the Navy as a petty officer, then took advantage of the GI Bill and attended the University of Kansas. He graduated in 1952 with a bachelor of science degree in geological engineering.
While he was in college, he met the woman who would become his wife, Shirley R. Rush; she was a graduate teaching assistant in the geology department. They were married in 1950, and had shared 67 years of marriage at the time of her death last year.
After his graduation, Mr. Scholes 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; he ended his career in Findlay, Ohio, as the coordinating manager of exploration for the United States and Canada.
Shortly after Mr. Scholes retired in 1984, he and his wife moved to Falmouth to help care for her parents. Here the couple became active in the Cape Cod Curling Club, participating in the sport for more than 20 years. Mr. Scholes curled throughout the US and Canada in many bonspiels. In the late 1990s, his Falmouth team made it to the US National Curling Championships.
Mr. Scholes also played golf for his entire life. He became a founding member of Pocasset Golf Club when it went private after having begun playing at Pocasset as a public course in the early 1950s. He was a longtime member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and instilled in his two children a love of rock hounding and fossil hunting.
He leaves his children, Ray Scholes and his wife, Jill Scholes, of Findlay, Ohio, and Wendy Scholes and her husband, Glenn Amaral, of North Falmouth; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.