John A. Scott, III

             John A. Scott, III, son of John A., II and Gussie Pike Scott, was born August 17, 1926, in Yell County, Arkansas. He was baptized on September 30, 1926, in Arkansas and confirmed March 17, 1960 at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner by Rev. John Mohr. He attended Arkansas Tech in Russellville and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he received his B.S. He later did graduate work at Oklahoma A&M University which is now Oklahoma State University. John served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and Korea.

            On January 1, 1948, he was united in marriage with Anna M. Cinger at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Dardenelle, Arkansas. John began his long career as a Vocational Agriculture instructor in Hector, Arkansas. He would then teach in Elk Horn, Coon Rapids, and Plymouth, Iowa before moving to Sumner in 1957. He remained at the Sumner Schools until retiring in 1990.

            John’s death occurred at the University Hospitals in Iowa City on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. He was eighty-five years old and had been a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner. He was also a member of the Thomas E. Woods Post #223, American Legion where he served many years as adjutant, and was a board member and past president of the Iowa Vocational Agriculture Teacher’s Association.

            He is survived by eight daughters, Carol Feller of Bellevue, Karen (Frank) Smith of Bloomfield, New Mexico, Dianne Fuller of Springville, Joyce (Ron) Bast of Aplington, Sharon (Brett) Long of Racine, Wisconsin, Lynn Scott of Sumner, Ann (Steve) Cutshall of Allison, and Alice Scott of Sumner; nine grandchildren, Kerensa (Pat) Kettmann, Zebulon Strickler, Cyndel Bast, Amber and John Long, Alexander, Rubanna, Maryann, and John Cutshall; one great granddaughter, Bindi Kettmann; and three nieces, Tommie Nell Darst, Becca Jane Roden, and Leda Simms.

            John was preceded in death by his wife, Anna, who died August 17, 1998; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Cutshall; his parents; two brothers,; five sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

             Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 17, 2012, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner with Rev. William Runaas, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at St. John Lutheran Cemetery with military rites by Thomas E. Woods Post #223, American Legion of Sumner.  Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2012, at St John Lutheran Church and for one hour preceding services at the church on Saturday. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the American Diabetes Association or the Iowa FFA Foundation.


Craig McEnany on April 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM said:

To the entire Scott family - I was sadden to learn of John's passing. As an agricultural educator there are those of us who remember John as the one with the camera constantly taking pictures and trying to help us younger teachers better understand what our profession was about and expectations.
To me this loss is not only a loss at the professional level but a personal one as well. I was one of those young FFA members from the neighboring FFA chapter (WSR) who experienced firsthand the outgoing personality of this larger that life man that demonstrated throughout his life that finding ways to involve every student in the educational process was as important as winning.
There were many times during my early teaching career that John served as a mentor and a friend. Even more important was the connection that I enjoyed with many of you as a family because of the Bremer County Fair, FFA and the agricultural education profession.
I wish the family peace and joy as John has gone to a better place. May God grant eternal rest unto him.
Patty Winter Wenthe on March 29, 2012 at 7:09 PM said:

My deepest sympathies, Carol and all you girls - your Dad was truly one of a kind - the one thing I always knew from him - was how very special you all were to him - hold that love close in your hearts forever - hugs to all of you -
Class of 73 :)
Frank R Smith on March 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM said:

I could not have asked for a better father-in-law. Will never forget the time spent sitting at the kitchen table enjoying a smoke and listening to his stories. See you soon, Daddy.
Robert Bowers on March 22, 2012 at 8:32 AM said:

Mr. Scott, as our Voc. Ag. and FFA instructor at Plymouth H.S., was one of my favorite teachers. I know firsthand, that he set this smart aleck freshman straight, and taught me respect for my elders. Wish we could have had him at our 50th class reunion. He will be missed. Condolences to his family, may he rest in peace.
Rick & Angie Ohlendorf on March 17, 2012 at 6:27 PM said:

The family of John Scott you guys are in our paryers John will be missed not only by you the family but also everyone that John meet more then the Scott family will miss John but also the whole town of Sumner will miss John he has touched more poeple's life then you will ever know,
It was a honor to know John and being a member of the Legion and Past Commander working very close with John I will never forget the time that John and I worked together.
Garold Ferguson on March 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM said:

I am not able to do this so my sister is doing it for me. I hope you enjoyed all the cross-word puzzles that I would cut out for you. You will be missed by all.

Your friend, Gary?Fergie
Neil Wubben on March 17, 2012 at 6:34 AM said:

My condolances to the Scott family. John was a special man that touched many lives...mine included. He was not only my supervising instructor in the Fall of 1970 but also my mentor as a beginning Ag teacher. I will always remember him for his love of kids and committment to the teaching profession.
Richard Abrahamson on March 16, 2012 at 4:08 PM said:

All of us at Plymouth High will remember John Scott with great respect. He had a style of teaching which made you feel he was like he was a loving father, not just a teacher. Always giving his students the practical sides of learning and life.
Thank you John for all you did for us. The Lord will join you with your wife and others who have departed before you.
Thanks be to God!
Richard Abrahamson
Class of 57
Cherylann Stewart on March 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM said:

As you know your father has always been special to me. The successful impact he had on the lives of others is immeasurable; the memories are numerous. He not only touched lives; he touched hearts as well with his words of encouragement, his motivation, commitment to youth and family, and his humor. It was an honor to have him attend my President’s Reception when I was president of the ag teachers association. (a time he touched my heart) I am in Connecticut with my folks this week thus cannot make the trip to Sumner. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at your time of sorrow, remember he will live in us always.
Cherylann Stewart
Dave and Sandy Jaschen on March 16, 2012 at 8:39 AM said:

To the family of John Scott our sympathy to all,
I will never forget how proud your Dad was of all his daughters and I will remember how the whole family would go to the front of the church to sit together. It was a wonderful sight. I have fond memories of your Dad from when Dave and I lived in Sumner, he always had a smile on his face and had something funny to say. He will be missed by all who new him.

Dave and Sandy Jaschen
Jerry A. Fedeler on March 15, 2012 at 4:57 PM said:

My condolences to John's family. May each of you remember him as a great guy dedicated to his family, country and teaching profession. I was one of his freshmen students his first year at Sumner High in 1957. As many others have commented, he not only taught the topics of his courses, but also how to think about and live your life. Many of us will miss him but we will not forget him.
Jim & Vaudalee Skinner on March 15, 2012 at 12:59 PM said:

Our prayers are with the family. John was a great guy.We went to college together,taught school together and did a lot of hunting and fishing together. This was all in Arkansas in the 40's and 50's We enjoyed being together with John and Anna.They were a great couple. We liked watching their children grow up.
Please stay in contact.
Kathy and Jim Burr on March 15, 2012 at 12:08 PM said:

Our heartfelt condolences to the Scott family. I fondly remember the great interest and love your parents had for you as a family. And I greatly admired the energy and commitment your Dad brought to his career as a teacher and advocate for all things agricultural. He was truly one of a kind, and I feel so fortunate to have known and worked with him. May God bless each of you in this time of sorrow.
Mike Duffy on March 15, 2012 at 11:04 AM said:

I would like to express my condolences to the family and add to the comments from other former students regarding John's contributions to agriculture and the community. It would be difficult to fully measure the positive impact John had on his students. He taught everything from welding to feed rations to Robert's Rules of Order. But more importantly, John taught us about life and the lessons he'd learned. His methods weren't always conventional, but they were effective and for that, I and many others will always be indebted to him.
Lillie & James Smouse on March 15, 2012 at 10:27 AM said:

We have been friends and co-workers of Karen Smith for many years here in New Mexico. Our condolences to Karen and her family. God Bless.
Ken and Sue Benning and Gina Benning Doud on March 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM said:

Our sincere condolences to all of John's family. When we first met John was when we were trying to work with the FFA and agri-sci classes for S-F. He was a fun knowledgable man when it came to teaching kids about agric. and being involved in the community. He gave me good advice and we still have the S-F FFA Chapter going strong. I think he enjoyed reading in the paper about the activities the chapter does. I remember when he came with his cowboy hat to our dau. Gina's grad. party at the farm and presented her with the FFA Scholarship. It was very nice and we will not forget him for doing that. He was a true blue jacket supporter and I am sure all of his past students have fond memories of his agri-sci. classes. John was a good man and will surely be missed.
John and Diane {Meyer} Dockendorf on March 14, 2012 at 9:54 PM said:

We would like to offer our deepest sympathy to you all, especially Carol, a classmate. Mr. Scott will be missed by many in the Sumner area and beyond. May your memories hold close to your hearts and help ease the pain of your loss. May God bless you all.
Becca Jane and Paul Roden on March 14, 2012 at 8:53 PM said:

Where do I start? I guess it would be 67 years, 6 months, and 25 days ago yesterday, when I was born on August 17, 1944 on the 18th birthday of the sweetest uncle a girl could ever have. John A. Scott III was serving his beloved country on a navy ship in the Pacific Ocean during WW II. I have never known a more patriotic man.

Uncle John and I shared a unique bond. We celebrated so many birthdays together when I was little. He has always been my favorite uncle. I loved him so very much.

Just think, Uncle John has now met his birth father for the first time, as grandfather died before Uncle John was born! What a celebration is taking place in heaven with Aunt Anna, Grandfather Scott, Grandmother Scott, Momma, Daddy,and all his siblings and others who preceded him to that glorious place. "Uncle John, I long for heaven. Some day we will meet again."

Paul and I send all our love to my precious cousins and their families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Uncle John will be greatly missed.
Amy Crow Sunleaf on March 14, 2012 at 8:08 PM said:

Thinking of you all during this time of mourning, and praying for comfort and peace to surround you. John was an imposing man and a well-respected leader in Sumner; his spirit will live on as a result of his dedication and commitment to the schools and community. It was a privilege to have known him and I'm so glad I was able to interact with daughters Lynn, Ann and Alice during our years at SHS.
Scott, Jill, and Arianna Poock on March 14, 2012 at 8:02 PM said:

To the whole Scott Family. I remember the first time I met John and I agree he always made you feel like you were apart of the family. I met John a few months before I married Scott and had many wonderful years of knowing and joking with him. John will greatly be missed by many and he will forever hold a special place in our hearts. May you rest in peace John. Thoughts and prayers sent out to the family.
Ranae Petersen Carey on March 14, 2012 at 7:57 PM said:

The Scott family is in my thoughts and prayers. John Scott was an amazing teacher and friend. I will certainly miss seeing him in church when I am visiting my family!
Susie Pagel Moulds on March 14, 2012 at 7:45 PM said:

We are thinking and praying for you all. John was a wonderful man!
Diane Zabel on March 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM said:

I remember John assisting my nephew folding Dad's, George Freeman,flag that was on his casket. John was sharp, very proud and patriotic.

I am a volunteer for Find A Grave, and have entered John and linked to Anna. Please visit and enter #86767434 in the search for a person. You may leave flowers and messages there also.

Keep your parents memories with you. May God give you peace.
Tami Stejskal Moore on March 14, 2012 at 7:02 PM said:

My thoughts and prayers to all the family of John....I remember when Alice would invite me over to there loving home and we would sit at the dinner table and he would make you feel so comfortable like you were part of the family he was a loving family man he inspired alot of people and he will never be forgotten ever....R.I.P..John Scott Thanks for everything you have done for us...:)
Shelley Bohle on March 14, 2012 at 6:37 PM said:

I remember how much John Scott encouraged me to do what I wanted to do- even if the class was filled with all guys- he made it OK for a 'girl' to take Ag class. I had so much fun with his Ag classes, the FFA meetings, and conventions. He was a one of a kind teacher and I surely will miss his smile.
Marla Shifflett on March 14, 2012 at 6:29 PM said:

Diane and Sisters and familiy: So glad I got the chance to meet your father. We will be in Memphis, but we are thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort for your family. Love, Marla, Randy, Jessica and Janna Shifflett
Frank Wiedrich on March 14, 2012 at 6:24 PM said:

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Scott Family.May Mr.Scott be walking hand in hand with "Mother" Anna, as he referred to her daily in class, again! he taught us soo much more than Agriculture, and for that i will be internally greatfull for, as i use the his teachings throughout my life on a daily basis. Rest in peace Mr.Scottand say Hi to Mother for me!
Joe Schrage on March 14, 2012 at 6:11 PM said:

The world has lost a great man. It was my pleasure to have him as a teacher and a role model. What he taught you wasn't all ag related, it was how to live your life as an honest and decent person. Girls thank you for sharing your Dad with us! I am honored to call him a friend and my teacher.
Al Seamans on March 14, 2012 at 5:55 PM said:

My prayer go out to the whole Scott family. He will be greatly missed by a lot of people. John taught me things about life that have stayed with me my whole life. Condolences from my family to yours. My parents are in Mesa, AZ and will not be able to make it back, but there praying and thinking about your family at his difficult time!!!
Joe & Diane Zabel on March 14, 2012 at 5:44 PM said:

Our prayers and sympathies are with the entire family. John had many friends. When we think of FFA in Sumner, John is at the center.
Karen Smith on March 14, 2012 at 5:23 PM said:

As daughter number two and being so far away from home all these years (New Mexico) it is comforting to know how well respected and loved my father was. He has been one of my greatest mentor and even now as a elementary principal, I often use the lessons I learned growing up with such a great dad to many of my students. My sisters and I, as many of you, were truly blessed to have known him. Rest in peace Dad--say hi to Mom from all of us, too. :)
Dan Haskenhoff on March 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM said:

Condolences from my wife and I. I wish I could be there to celebrate Johns life. Alot of my school days memories have John in them. As I write this and think back of him teaching us boys about Life wasnt what we wanted to hear but years later it came back with his voice in my head. I will never forget him. I am sadden to hear this news but happy for him to be with your mother again. May God comfort you all.
Destiny Amore Blazek on March 14, 2012 at 4:21 PM said:

John was like a grandfather to me. I will always remember all the special times we had together as a child. every time I visited him he always made me feel very welcome. John was always so full of life will always hold a special place in my heart.

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