“If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine, and my tunes were played on the harp unstrung; would you hear my voice come through the music, would you hold it near as it were your own?”
With the love of family and music in his heart Jay Edward Scott departed this life on April 25, 2022.
Jay was born November 26, 1965 to John and Susan Scott of Neponset, Illinois.
Jay attended his first years of school in Elmira, Illinois and later when the family moved to Neponset, Illinois, he attended Neponset schools. Jay graduated from Neponset High School in 1983 as valedictorian of his class; his speech that day didn’t take place with speech, but with his love of music as he strummed, ‘Teach Your Children Well.’
After high school Jay remained in Neponset and helped farm on his family’s farm; however, his wanderlust for adventure took him to Alaska where he travelled between Illinois and Alaska for a short time. While living in Alaska, Jay worked as a crew deck hand for Glacier Bay Lodge in Gustavus, Alaska, where he met many friends, and who became family. Jay returned to Illinois where he eventually settled to work on his family’s farm and where he remained until his passing.
Jay exchanged vows with Michele Annette Turner of Neponset, Illinois, in Gustavus, Alaska, on July 05, 2002.
Those that knew Jay knew his love of music; specifically, Bob Dylan, John Prine, and The Grateful Dead. There wasn’t a Dylan lyric that Jay didn’t know. Jay was a master cribbage player and had several mainstay opponents. He was a devout Cubs fan, and he wept tears of joy when the Cubbies won the World Series; Go Cubs! Jay will always be known for his gentle nature, kind disposition and his clever witticisms.
Jay is survived by his beloved Michele Turner of Neponset, Illinois. Two step children; Justin Vance of Mineral, Illinois, and Emali (Ian Aldrich) Porter, Neponset, Illinois; grandchildren, Haily Vance, Zoey Vance, Owen Vance, of Mineral, Illinois, and Nolan Aldrich, Parker Aldrich and Leo Aldrich of Neponset, Illinois. Sisters-in-law Diana (Jarrod) Loerzel, Elizabeth (Brett) Gibson and brother-in-law Alonzo (Jeff Johnson) Turner. Father John Scott of Neponset, Illinois. Sisters Jennifer (Darren Snyder) Scott, JoEllen (Gary Calhoun) Scott, and brothers Jon (Lisa) Scott, Jeremy (Jessica) Scott, and Jordan (Karen) Scott. Several nieces and nephews, Adam Gibson, Corrine Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Kristopher Huffman, Kelli Huffman, Zachary (Carli) McIntire, Elvis Royce, Elliot Lusk, Elizabeth Lusk, Olivia Scott, Kaylin Scott, AJ Scott and Kelsey Scott.
Jay is preceded in death by his cherished mother Susan E. Scott, father and mother-in-law Alonzo and Judith Turner, and maternal and fraternal grandparents.
Jay will be dearly missed and mourned by those who knew him best.
A Celebration of Life will be held on May 7, 2022 at the Neponset Community Building, Neponset, Illinois, with a communal prayer taking place at 12:00; luncheon to follow from 12 - 4:00 p.m.
A private inurnment will take place at a later time.
Memorials can be made to the Jay E. Scott memorial fund established at People’s National Bank, Kewanee, Illinois.
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Jay Scott Memorial Fund c/o Peoples National Bank
207 N. Tremont St., Kewanee IL 61443