Glenn Oliver "Babe" Scott, 83, Nevada, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at McCune Brooks Hospital in Carthage, Mo. He was born Nov. 2, 1926, in Fort Scott, Kan., to William Marcus Scott and Mary Frances Buchanan Scott. He married Margaret Rose Taylor in May 1950 at the First Presbyterian Church in Nevada. Although they divorced, the couple remained friends to the end.
Glenn graduated from Fort Scott High School and attended Fort Scott Junior College. He served in the U.S. Navy as Seaman First Class from Feb. 2, 1944, through May 18, 1946, aboard the USS Mississippi. He served in the Asiatic/Pacific area. He was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation ribbon for "outstanding heroism in action against enemy Japanese forces" and the Purple Heart for burns sustained during a kamikaze attack on his ship. He was honorably discharged. Following the service in the early 1950s while working at the Munitions Plant in Parsons, Kan., Glenn was given an award for designing a mechanical improvement that increased plant productivity and safety. He carried on a family heritage of woodworking and cabinet making that he learned from his grandfather. He was also a locksmith. In his 60s Glenn discovered a passion for polka and rarely missed an opportunity to strut his stuff. Glenn, a notorious bargain hunter, was a frequent attendee at area auctions and yard sales. He loved to socialize and the White Grill was his favorite spot to meet and talk. He was always ready with a joke, a story or a silly pun. His friends and family will recall his jovial nature and easy smile. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Nevada, a Deacon of the All Saints Episcopal Church, Vestryman, the S.N. P.J. Lodge No. 225 of Arma, Kan., the Zivio Slovenci singers and a lifetime member of the VFW Post No. 1165.
Glenn is survived by his daughter, Rosemary Scott Larsen; his brother, Jack Edward Scott, Fort Scott; his former wife Margaret Taylor Scott of Nevada as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Frank William Scott.
At his request, he will be cremated in the National Cemetery, Fort Scott. A private committal will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial gift to the Alzheimer's Association to combat the disease that robs families of their loved one's mental health.
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