Donald Walter Scott
Donald Walter Scott in the company of his loving wife, peacefully left this life June 11, 2018. A visitation and funeral service were held Friday June 15, 9:30 am at the Cummings Funeral Home, Bedford, Iowa. The graveside service immediately followed at Washington Township Cemetery, Gravity, Iowa. Memorials may be given in Donald’s name. Cummings Family Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements for Mr. Scott. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.mmingsfamilyfuneralhome.com under Obituaries.
Donald was born October 12, 1928 date in rural Sharpsburg. He was the son of Walter Norton Scott, and Viola Knott and spent his childhood in the Sharpsburg area until he enlisted in the military. He proudly served our country in the United States Marines during WWII as an aircraft mechanic. He was assigned to the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323. Don quickly rose to the rank of Sergeant and was an expert marksman. He was awarded the WWII Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
After Don was discharged, he married Nellie Francis Sparks on her high school graduation day, May 25, 1950. They were married in the Christian Church in Blockton, IA. They quickly started a family on their farm near Sharpsburg. He and his brother, Bill Scott owned and operated the Scott Brother Feed and Grain elevator in Sharpsburg, Iowa. He also had his own bean cleaning business that he operated around south west Iowa and into Missouri.
Don enjoyed traveling and camping; his favorite place was Yellowstone, especially watching Old Faithful. Don and Nellie spent many winters in Alamo, Texas with friends and family. He had a smile that would light up a room and sweet tooth for ice cream, butterscotch, and Double Mint gum. Don liked to fix things around the farm and was always tinkering about. He enjoyed playing cards (maybe a little cheating at cards), dancing and most of all spending time with his family and friends.
He was a loving and devoted husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend. One favorite story that demonstrates his love is that Nellie would fix him tuna fish sandwiches for lunch, it took him 25 years to tell her he didn’t like tuna fish.
Left to cherish his memory are Nellie Francis Scott, his wife of 68 years; his children, Helen Francis Ambrose and husband Charles, Ellen Susan Lee, and Janet Marie Tiefenthaler and her husband Gary, and daughter-in-law Kathy Scott. Donald has 10 grandchildren: Angela, Dawn, Larry, Nicole, Deanne, Joshua, Jeremiah, Jennifer, Matthew and Jason. He has 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bill Scott, his sisters Faye, Hazel and Helen, his son Donald Walter Scott Jr,, grandson Donald Walter Scott III, and son-in-law, Larry Allen Lee.