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Melvin R. Scott

Jul 8, 2010

Melvin R. Scott, 89, of Brookings, S.D., died Wednesday, July 7, 2010, at Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls, S.D. Funeral services have been set for 10:30 am., Saturday, July 10, 2010, at the First Presbyterian Church, Brookings, SD. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m., Friday, July 9, 2010, at Rude’s Funeral Home, Brookings.

Melvin R. Scott was born on April 11, 1921, in Estherville, the son of Raymond and Gertrude (Batman) Scott.

Mel was a graduate of Graettinger High School in 1941. In 1942, he joined the United States Air Force. He completed flight training as a pilot in 1943 and served as a pilot until 1969, when he retired as a Lt. Col. During WWII, he flew 35 combat missions over Germany as a B-17 bomber pilot. He then served three years as a pilot in the Arctic and continued to fly jets for a number of years. During the Vietnam War he flew 800 combat support sorties. He continued his education and graduated from Morningside College with a BA degree in business and a MBA degree from the University of Mississippi in 1956. He was united in marriage to Maxine V. Egemo on Nov. 28, 1946, in Depew. Mel served as a professor at the University of Mississippi, South Dakota State University, Southwest Minnesota State University and Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. until his retirement in 1985. Maxine died on Aug. 29, 2001 in Brookings, S.D.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Brookings and the First Christian Church in Estherville. He was also a member of the South Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame, the Phi Gama Mu and Gama Gama Mu honor societies. During his distinguished military career, he was awarded the Flying Cross twice, the Air Medal nine times, the Bronze Star, the Commendation Medal twice, the Polish Uprising Medal, the Polish Home Army Medal and the Russian WWII Patriotic Medal.

Mel is survived by two sons Raymond Scott of Brookings, S.D., Stephen Scott (Patsie) of Newport, Ore.; one granddaughter Jennifer Scott of Livermore, Calif.; one grandson Jesse Scott of Newport, Ore.; and two sisters Dorothy Nelson of Riverside, Calif., and Phyllis Sheely of Earlham.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and one infant son Randall.

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