R. Scott Brundage, 84, of Columbia passed away Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at The Bluffs.
Scott was born May 24, 1936, in Lafayette, Indiana, to Roy Charles and Ellen (Munro) Brundage. He married Virginia Goben Brundage on June 4, 1960, in West Lafayette, Indiana, and she survives him.
Scott grew up in West Lafayette, Indiana, and graduated from West Lafayette High School. He received his Master of Science in forestry from Purdue University.
Scott was employed in 1960 by the state of Missouri in conducting a forest survey, and later was employed as a farm forester for the state of Ohio. For the majority of his career, Scott worked as a reclamation specialist for Peabody Coal Co. where he supervised coal-mined land reclamation west of the Mississippi River.
He later worked as a consulting forester. Scott was a founding member of the Missouri Consulting Foresters Association, serving as vice president and then president for many years. He was a board member and former president of the Walnut Council, an organization formed to promote the growth of black walnut and other fine hardwoods, and he served on numerous forestry associated advisory boards.
Forestry was his passion as well as his profession. Scott and Ginny owned several tree farms where he spent many hours performing tree stand improvement to improve the forests for generations to come.
Many of the farms were recognized in the American Tree Farm System program, which Scott promoted every chance he had. His work ethic was surpassed by none.
An avid hunter, Scott was founding father and past president of the Missouri Show-Me Big Bucks Club and served as its president for many years. He passed his hunting heritage on to his children and grandchildren.
Scott purchased a tract of mined land in Boone County on which he spent countless days reclaiming and enhancing. He and his family operated a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm at this location for several years. They spent many happy days at this property.
Scott is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ginny; two sons, Robert J. Brundage (Denise Welch) of Jefferson City and Thomas Munro Brundage (Erika Akers) of Columbia; brother John Marshall Brundage (Suzi); sister Ann Munro Carley; and grandchildren, Taylor Goben Brundage, Tommi Munro Brundage, Tanner Alan Brundage, Darby Nicole Brundage, Bo Munro Brundage, Sydney Rae Akers, Sophia Lacy Akers and Owen Thomas Akers.
Memorials in his honor may be made to The Walnut Council Foundation, 1007 N. 725 W., West Lafayette, Indiana, or to the organization/charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, Missouri, 65203; (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.ParkerMillard.com