Wallace R. Scott Jr.
1924 - 2020
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Wallace R. Scott, Jr.
Wallace R. Scott, Jr. passed away, Dec. 25, 2020 at the age of 96. Born in Beloit, WI on May 24, 1924 to Florence and Wallace Scott, Sr. his family moved to Chicago, relocating to Three Rivers, Mich. for his junior year in High School. After graduation, he moved to Detroit and joined his father working for Chrysler Corporation on July 6, 1942. He retired for the first time in 1988, but was asked to stay on, he officially retied in 2001. His entire career (59 1/2 yr.) with Chrysler was spent in their Transmission Lab. It was a labor of love for him, not just a job. He installed the first experimental torque converter in a Chrysler car in 1947 and was honored on the 50th anniversary of the Automotive Transmission as a pioneer in the field at the SAE Convention. He married Joan L. Herr on Aug. 8, 1946, daughter of John and Edith Herr. Joan L. Scott passed away on Dec. 28, 1997. He worked actively for 26 years with Boy Scouts, where his son John reached the rank of Eagle Scout. As a member of Nardin United Methodist Church of Detroit, he taught Sunday School, transferring his membership to the Elkton UM Church. Was a life member of VFW Post 6083, as well as a member on the Lincoln Park Masonic Lodge 539. On May 27, 2000 he married Bette Southworth of Elkton, and spent his retirement enjoying the quieter life in Elkton. Upon Bette's passing he came to Westland to live with his son John and his wife. He is survived by his daughter Pamela (Roy) Hall of Belleville, the late Patricia, and son John (Carol) Scott of Westland; grandchildren Roy (Debbie) Hall, Jr., Annette Hall, Daniel Scott, Christopher (Crystal) Scott and Eric Scott; great grandchildren Victoria, Landon, Davinee, Chloe and Korben Scott and Madison Rose and Savannah Hall; numerous nieces and nephews; his step-children Michael (Kathryn) Southworth, Cheryl (Robert Halyburton) Southworth, Nance (Ed Loughman) Southworth, Charles (Suzanne) Southworth and Dale Southworth; nine step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.
A Memorial service will be held at a later date at the L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, Westland, Mich. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the VA Hospital.



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Published in Huron Daily Tribune from Dec. 28 to Dec. 31, 2020.
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January 4, 2021
Wally trained me on transmissions way back in 1972. Wally was a second father to me. We worked together for over 30 years at Chrysler. He has a wonderful sense of humor and was a veritable encyclopedia when it came to machinery. The world has lost a great patriot, soldier and engineer. In Africa they say when an old man (woman) dies, a library burns to the ground. Rest in peace, Wally. You earned it.
Mike Walsh
Coworker
January 4, 2021
I remember Wally from our days together back at Chrysler in the late 1970's and early 1980's. He was always an interesting guy to talk to about automotive issues as well as his experiences in the Army Air Corps -European theater during WW2. Always had a funny story to share! Wally made it a regular event to stop in our Lab every day to share some conversation and a joke or two. Really a great guy!
Philip Vorgias
Friend
December 30, 2020
Wally was a very interesting guy! He ran around the halls at Chrysler like a much younger man. I think he had more jokes than Bob Hope.
December 29, 2020
God Bless Your Heart...Always!
Dawn Walker
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