Allan Scott, 61, of Elgin, formerly of St. Charles and Elburn, passed away Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at Sherman Hospital in Elgin following a fierce battle with cancer. Released from his body, he is now whole and at peace in Heaven.
He was born June 14, 1950, in Dodgeville, Wis., the son of Ambrose and Lois (Needham) Scott.
Allan’s family moved to Iowa in 1955. His education came from several sources, beginning at a country school in Hurstville, New Castle and East Iron, before finishing his education in Baldwin and Maquoketa, Iowa. After school, he found work as a laborer on the railroad. In later years, Al lived with and farmed with Melvin Lipski on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. He also worked on local farms in Iowa before entering the service.
Allan enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1969 and faithfully fought for his country during Vietnam. Upon his honorable discharge in 1971, he returned to Iowa, living in both Emeline and Canton. He continued working on the railroad, first becoming a gang foreman and later a section foreman. He then moved to St. Charles, working on the Milwaukee Road. Later, he found work with Metra, where he was a track inspector, machine operator and finally a crane operator, which culminated a 41-year career with the railroad before his retirement in February of 2011.
Allan and Barbara Bermer met at a local dance, and before the night was through, Barb had danced away with his heart. They were united in marriage on Nov. 15, 1980.
They followed Allan’s work to South Elgin, where they made their home in an apartment for a time. Soon they welcomed their son, Chad, in 1982. As the family grew, more room was needed, and in 1985 they moved to St. Charles. Their daughter Amy was welcomed into the family in 1988, and Megan made their family complete in 1994. Six years later, they made their way to the Elburn area, living off Campton Hills Road. In 2003, Allan and Barb went their separate ways, but love is the tie that binds, and in February 2011 they were wed once again.
Allan was past local chairman of The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees, where he worked hard using all the passion for the railroad to help his fellow co-workers. He was also a proud member of the Elgin American Legion, Post No. 57.
Allan made time to go fishing in the Fox River for anything that would take his bait, and sleeping under the stars while camping also brought a thrill. He also loved to golf, making a golden memory when he made a hole in one.
Allan was very proud of his “green thumb” and enjoyed tending to his garden, especially his prized tomatoes. Country music made his heart smile, while the sight of a horse brought a smile to his face. Allan didn’t know much about technology, but it never kept him from buying the latest toy, even though he rarely knew how to use it. He did, however, know how to shuffle a deck and play a mean game of cards. Allan was an extremely hard worker who gave everything to every task at hand. Whether it was big or small, at work or at home, Allan gave his all. He had a lot of love to share, was a friend to many and was often generous to a fault; but above all, he loved his family the most. The legacy he leaves are the memories he made. Allan was one-of-a-kind and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; three children, Chad (Aalia) Scott of Brookfield, Ill.; Amy Scott and her son, Ayden of Elburn, and Megan Scott, also of Elburn; two brothers, David (Susan) Scott of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Kerry Scott of Baldwin, Iowa; two sisters, Suzanne Scott of Beloit, Wis., and Patricia (Terry) Cahill of Delmar, Iowa; several nieces, nephews and a family of friends. He is preceded in death by his father, mother and older sister, Judy Putman.
Visitation was Saturday, Aug. 13, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral service to celebrate Allan’s life began at 4:30 p.m. Rev. Michael Deblois, pastor of the Plano Bible Church officiated. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Allan Scott Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.