Ray Scholler, 97, CEO of Times Printing and Former Hall of Fame Inductee, Passes
RANDOM LAKE, Wis.—September 22, 2015—Ray Scholler, longtime owner, CEO and chairman of Times Printing and a 2002 inductee into the Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame, passed away Sunday at the age of 97.
Times Printing was founded by Mr. Scholler's parents, Henry and Flora, as a community newspaper. Ray and his wife, Bernice (who passed away in May of 2014) expanded the company's scope and grew it into one of the largest printers in the United States. It ranked 113th on the Printing Impressions 400 in 2014 with $42.5 million in sales.
The company is now operated by 10 of Mr. Scholler's family members, including his four children, each of whom is an owner.
Mr. Scholler attended Mission House College (now Lakeland College), as well as Keating Tech—a printing school—Winona School of Photography and Lakeshore Technical College. He served in the U.S. Army, training in the infantry, and transferred to Military Intelligence. He served as American Legion Commander and was the 40 and 8 Chef de Gare.
The Schollers also operated Scholler Photography in Random Lake, and he was very active with the Experimental Aircraft Association for more than 50 years. Mr. Scholler was bestowed with its Freedom of Flight award. He was also active with the village's fire department and was an emergency medical technician (EMT).
Mr. Scholler is survived by four children, 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.