Scott Wyckman, 72, passed away Oct. 3, 2014 at his home surrounded by family. He was born May 4, 1942 in Walla Walla, Wash. to Ken and Elma (Scott) Wyckman. From 1943-46 the family lived in Spokane, Wash. until his father was discharged from the Navy. The family then moved to Missoula, Mont. where Scott attended Paxson Grade School, graduated from Missoula County High School, and attended the University of Montana. He served in the Navy from 1961 until he was honorably discharged in 1963. Scott had a long time interest for law enforcement and after applying to the Montana Highway Patrol Academy, he was accepted for recruit training in 1967. Upon graduation, he was stationed in Bozeman. Shortly thereafter, Scott met and married Shirley Hartley on July 20, 1968. They were blessed with two daughters, Shauna and Sheri. In 1990, he was elected to Gallatin County Justice of The Peace, which resulted in his retirement from the Montana Highway Patrol. Scott then served on the bench for 18 years until his retirement in 2008. His nephew, Shawn Smalley, chose to follow in Scott's footsteps with the Montana Highway Patrol. Recently, he had the honor of passing along his badge #122 to his nephew, when he was promoted to Sergeant, which brought him great joy. He took great pleasure in uniting couples in holy matrimony, one of those being his grandson, Robert Branson, which was a great blessing for him.
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He was a man committed to his faith, family, and stood for what he believed. He gave God the glory for all he accomplished and when he was in a fix, he was praying. He always had the best interest of the people that he was dealing with in mind. He always strove for honesty, integrity, and compassion towards others. During his final days, while battling his sickness, he continued to encourage and bless all those he came in contact with. He is greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him!
He is survived by his loving wife; brother, Bill (Erin) Wyckman; daughters, Shauna (Robb) Branson and Sheri (Scott) Koch; grandchildren, Robert (Crystal) Branson, Alex Branson, Claire Koch, Samuel Koch, Liberty Koch, and Anna Koch along with one niece, two nephews, and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by parents, Kenneth and Elma (Scott) Wyckman; sister, Sue (Wyckman) Smalley.
A celebration of Scott's life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 at Grace Bible Church on South 19th. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in his memory to Gallatin County Love INC or Bozeman Prison Ministries.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Oct. 5 to Oct. 8, 2014