ASHEVILLE, N.C. - William W. Scott, Jr, 86, passed away October 28, 2013, in Asheville, N.C., after living in King George, Virginia for four years.
Originally from North Muskegon, Mich., Bill joined the Michigan State Police (MSP) in December 1955 and served at L'Anse, Clinton, Newaygo, Hart, Benton Harbor and Petoskey posts before retiring in October 1979. While in the MSP he served on the Underwater Recovery Team. He also served in the US Navy.
After retirement from MSP he was the manager/caretaker of a private hunting and fishing club in Michigan for a number of years. Bill enjoyed all outdoor activities. He built footpaths and loon nesting platforms. He enjoyed bird watching, and built bird houses and feeders. He cared deeply for nature in his beloved Michigan woods, and built bat houses, and enjoyed hunting the elusive morel mushroom. In his younger days he hunted all types of game and birds with his father and brothers. He was an avid fly-fisherman and traveled to Canada many times with MSP friends for remote fishing trips.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Turja Scott, formerly of Hancock.
He is greatly missed by his daughters, Kathleen Scott Ryan and her husband, Michael of King George, Virginia, and Barbara Scott Baker and her husband, Michael of Asheville, N.C. He is also greatly missed by his sister-in-law, Joyce Scott of Whitehall, Mich., and several nieces and nephews.
The family is planning a reunion in Michigan sometime during the summer of 2014 to honor Bill's last wish that his ashes be scattered there.