Walter Davis “W.D.” Scott, 76, of El Dorado Springs, formerly Appleton City, passed away Saturday, September 19, 2015 of complications while fighting lung cancer. He was born July 23, 1939 to Aaron & Winona Scott in Humansville, MO. Walter graduated from Humansville High School in 1957. He served two years in the Army Air Corps as a Helicopter Crew Chief. In 1961, he met and married Phylis Diane Thompson and had four children. Walter worked concrete construction and was a fireman in Kansas City and later worked as a prospect driller for various coal mining companies. In 1987, Walter married his current wife Joy Pankey Helm, who also had four grown children. Together they built and managed Scott Farms in Appleton City where they raised a purebred herd of Charolais cattle, mixed cattle and buffalo. They ran a concession trailer for many years serving buffalo burgers and were well-known in the surrounding communities.
Walter was survived by his loving wife Joy Scott of El Dorado Springs, daughter Lisa & Jesse Wood and five children of Paradise, TX, son Brad & Janet Scott and two children of Appleton City, daughter Lori Stone and four children of Rhome, TX, daughter Jenifer & Chris Shaw and four children of Hamilton, MO, step-daughter Lori Helm-Thorne and six children of El Dorado Springs, step-son Ken & Lori Helm and two children of El Dorado Springs, step-son Randy & Shelly Helm and three children of El Dorado Springs, sister Jean Campbell of Humansville, brother Roy Scott of Humansville, brother Jim Scott of Independence, MO and many beautiful nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Walter was preceded in death by both parents, sister Geraldine Wilkerson, granddaughter Kendall Silvola, step-son Mike Helm, and step-granddaughter Tori Helm.
Visitation will be held at Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs, MO on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 6pm. Funeral Services will also be held at Sheldon Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 10am, by the Rev. Brent Bland. Interment will follow in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery. The family suggests that memorials may be made to Eagles High Hopes fund of El Dorado Springs in care of the funeral home or the charity of one's choice.