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Major Robert Lee Scott

Robert Lee Scott, 66, of Westfield, IN, died on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Westfield, IN.

He was born Dec. 13, 1946, in Trumann, AR, the son of Theodore and Bonnie Scott.

At age 12, he was baptized in the Nazarene church and as a teenager began working for The Salvation Army Temple Corps Community Center in St. Louis, MO. After attending worship services, he was enrolled as a senior soldier in the church, which set the stage for a 45-year career as a pastor, spiritual leader, counselor, disaster response specialist, strategic planner and executive with The Salvation Army.

In 1968, Robert entered The Salvation Army College for Officers Training in Chicago, IL and was ordained and commissioned as a Lieutenant in the faith-based organization. He served The Salvation Army through a multitude of appointments in Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana.

He led local Salvation Army churches, their congregations and community centers. He specialized in local board recruitment, development and engagement and fundraising initiatives. He later served in state and divisional leadership roles, guiding fundraising, board recruitment and overall church growth.

Scott retired from active service with The Salvation Army on Sept. 1, 2012.

He married Captain Alice Mantle from Lafayette, IN, on June 28, 1969, who at the time was already an established, ordained and commissioned Salvation Army officer. After their marriage, the couple served together at appointments until their shared retirement.

Scott graduated from O'Fallon Technical High School in St. Louis, Mo., and earned a major in business. He attended Mt. St. Clair College, University of Wisconsin, Lakeland College and Indiana University, from which he earned a Certification in Fundraising Management. He was active in the Rotary Club and Ministerial.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years; son, Jason Scott of Muncie, IN; daughter, Amanda Scott of Indianapolis; brother, Bobby James Scott and sister, Martha Scott, both of Barnhart, Mo; sister, Ann (Malcolm) Davis of Jemison, AL and one nephew, Kenneth Scott and one niece, Bella (Benjamin) Graffam, of Boston, MA.

Major Scott's family expresses its grateful and sincere appreciation to the leadership and staff of Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center (Bridgewater) and The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Corps Community Center in Indianapolis for tremendous support during his illness.

Viewing will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 7, 2013 in Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel , located

at 740 E. 86th St. in Indianapolis. A memorial service officiated by Salvation Army Major Ralph Hansen will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. to Noon on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, with viewing one hour before service in The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Corps Community Center, 4400 N. High School Road in Indianapolis. Burial will be in Tippecanoe Memorial Gardens in West Lafayette, IN, with graveside services conducted by Salvation Army Major David Biggs.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Corps Youth Ministry.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Oct. 6, 2013
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