Born to Eternal Life on July 1, 2018. Joe went to be with his Lord and return to the warm embrace of his beloved wife Marilyn at the age of 88. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer two months earlier and the Lord mercifully allowed a hasty end.
Joe was born on Sept. 25, 1929 in Mapleton, IL to John J. Scott and Gladys (Beck). His siblings, Virginia, Darren, Gene, Trudy and Wayne have preceded him in death. He is survived by two sisters, Mary Jane and Connie.
Joe and Marilyn (Plover) were married on June 25, 1955. Marilyn passed on Sept. 9, 2015 after the two had celebrated 60 years of marriage. Their love and gentleness toward one another stood as an exceptional example of marriage to their surviving children, Ed (Karen), KC (Charlotte), Jay (Carolyn), Mike (Polly), and Patti (Tony) Buros. Joe and Marilyn had 13 grandchildren, Ted, Christopher, Joe, Kim, Kathleen, Kasandra, Erin, Anna, Beth, Scott, Ian, Emma and Owen; 4 great grandchildren, Kennedy, Elliot, Lucas and Lyla.
Joe was a graduate of Woodruff High School in Peoria, IL and proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He was honorably discharged in May 1951 to care for his terminally ill father.
After closing his business, he devoted his working life to selling steel castings until his retirement from Racine Steel in 1993. During his career, he had working relationships with many industrial companies but was best known in the industry for his long and highly respected relationship with Caterpillar, Inc., a company he deeply admired.
Many people simply called him “Coach.” He started coaching youth football in Glen Ellyn, IL and later coached at St. John Vianney in Brookfield, WI. He was most proud of his work with young people, which stands as his living legacy. He taught young men the importance of hard work, dedication to your family, friends and teammates, and devotion to God. The members of his team were required to attend early morning mass on game days and he would lead the reciting of the Lord’s Prayer in the huddle before his boys took the field.
Joe was a past member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Foundry Society, past President of the Brookfield Central High School Booster Club, former long-time member of St. John Vianney Parish in Brookfield, WI and most recently a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Cross Plains, WI.
Aside from coaching, Joe loved watching football and had a lifetime devotion to the Chicago Bears. He also loved to carve wood figures for others and play poker with his buddies.
Joe will be most notably remembered for his complete devotion to his family, his ever-present smile and the warmth & joy he radiated to all who had the true pleasure of meeting him.
Visitation will be held at the Funeral Home on Sun. July 8, 2018 from 4PM until the time of the 7PM Rosary. A second visitation will be held on Mon. July 9 at St John Vianney Catholic Church, (1755 N. Calhoun Rd. Brookfield, WI 53005), from 9AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM. Graveside services will take place at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, West Peoria, IL (421 N. Sterling Ave.) at 10AM on Tues. July 10.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the compassionate staff at Milestone Senior Living in Cross Plains, WI and the Agrace HospiceCare nursing staff who were by his side at the time of death.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the school endowment fund at St. Francis Xavier, 2947 Thinnes St. Cross Plains, WI 53528.