John R. (Bob) Scott, 82, died July 23, 2006, at Elmendorf AFB 3rd Medical DOD/VA Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. He is formerly of Sweet Springs.
Born May 3, 1924, in Sweet Springs, to John L. Scott and Hilda Naigelin-Scott. He grew up in farming and graduated from Sweet Springs High School. On June 14, 1951, in Glennallen, Alaska he married Dorothy Roscher who preceded him in death on Feb. 8, 1982. He was a corporal in the Marines serving in WW II as communications orderly to Admiral Halsey on the USS Missouri. He witnessed the signing of the final surrender by the Japanese in Tokyo Bay Sept. 2, 1945. After the war in 1946 he left Sweet Springs for Alaska, making that his home. He's considered an Alaskan pioneer and worked for the road commission helping build the Glenn Highway and many other road projects in the young territory. In the mid 1950s he moved his family to Anchorage, Alaska, and eventually became general manager of Evan Jones Coal Co. in Sutton, Alaska. He worked there until its closure in 1968. He then helped build the first base camp on the North Slope, Prudoe Bay, with frontier rock and sand. He retired in the early 1980s.
Scott was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Roscher and his parents. He is survived by two sisters, Ruth Siler-Hightower of Lee's Summit, Mary Hoyle of Marshall; one brother James Scott of Beaverton Ore.; two daughters Pamela Carmody of Columbia, Md., and Deborah Anderson, of Anchorage Alaska; four grandchildren and three great-granddaughters.
Memorials can be made to the American Lung Association or the Salvation Army Meals on Wheels program.
Services will be held at the Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home, 204 Ruby St. in Sweet Springs, on Saturday, July 29, 2006. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. with services immediately following at 11 a.m. Burial, with military rites, will be in Fairview