Columbia veteran, David Scott, dies at 88

Saturday, November 6, 2010 | 9:43 p.m. CDT; updated 3:37 p.m. CST, Sunday, November 7, 2010

David McKeeman Scott of Columbia died on Thursday, Nov. 4 2010, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Mo. He was 88.

Born Feb. 20, 1922, in Ellsworth, Kan., Mr. Scott was the son of Thomas and Eva Scott.

Mr. Scott was a member of the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945.

He married Marjorie Spees on Nov. 18, 1945, in Columbia, and they were together 57 years until her death in March 2003.

Mr. Scott was a member of the First Baptist Church for more than 70 years, where he spent more than 30 of those years singing in the choir.

"He was a great singer and loved to sing with friends at parties and church," grandson Matthew Tipton said.

Mr. Scott worked in Missouri and Iowa teaching music from 1949 to 1951. He also worked for educational publisher Scott, Foresman and Co. for 35 years until he retired in 1987.

Described as an "avid golfer" by his family, Mr. Scott enjoyed spending time with his wife, friends and family at the Columbia Country Club.

Tipton said he had fond memories of his grandfather reading to him and taking him to the movies. Mr. Scott was so involved, he said, he was like another parent.

He said Mr. Scott was very outgoing.

"I remember one Halloween he dressed up as a monster and came to a Halloween party and scared me and my friends," Tipton said.

Mr. Scott is survived by a daughter, Diane Valentine of Columbia, and her husband, Jerry; a son, David McKeeman Scott Jr. of Columbia; a brother, Thomas Martin Scott of San Antonio; a sister, Mona Smith of Pittsfield, Ill.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Scott's parents, Thomas and Eva Scott, and his wife, Marjorie Scott, died earlier.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Nov. 9 at First Baptist Church of Columbia, 1112 E. Broadway. Services will follow. A private burial will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church of Columbia; Alzheimer's Association Mid-Missouri Chapter, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, MO 65201; or the Missouri Veterans Home, 1 Veterans Drive, Mexico, MO 65265. Tributes may be made online at


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