Scheel passed away Tuesday of lung and brain cancer. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Westmont, Illinois.
Scheel started in the sheet metal industry in 1977, three years before he graduated from Hinsdale South High School in Darien, Illinois, by performing landscaping for the Lockformer Co. He spent his whole career with the sheet metal forming machinery company. He later worked in the assembly and service departments before moving into sales in 1984 — the same year he graduated from Valparaiso University in Indiana. He later became a project coordinator, regional sales manager, North America and South America sales manager, and vice president of sales and marketing. In 2001, he was promoted to Lockformer vice president and general manager.
Scheel is survived by his wife Mara, daughter Lena and son Preston. In lieu of flowers, the family has established an education fund. Donations may be sent to Chase Bank, 906 W. Jefferson St., Shorewood, IL 60404, in care of Mara Scheel.