Charles Scott (Col., USA, Ret.)

Charles H. Scott (Col., USA, Ret.)

Wednesday, June 15th, 1932 - Monday, July 1st, 2019
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Charles H. Scott, (Col. USA, Ret.), age 87, of Lakeland, FL and Chambersburg, PA, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2019, at Chambers Point Nursing Home. Born June 15, 1932, in New York, NY, he was the son of the late Frank C. and Helen Bohland Scott.
Colonel Scott was a Soldier, Diplomat, and Student. He served honorably during the Cold War from 1954 until 1982, serving in Europe, Middle East, South and Central America, and Asia, specializing in telecommunications supporting crisis management operations. He saw action in Lebanon 1958, Venezuela 1963-1966, and Vietnam 1967 & 1968. He was awarded personal decorations by the Departments of the Army, Defense, and State. Colonel Scott was also decorated by the Venezuelan and Spanish Governments. He was medically discharged from the Army in 1982. He joined the Department of State in 1978 in Washington, DC, where he remained until his retirement in 1994. At the Department, he served with the Office of Communications in various top level positions. His last assignment at the Department was representing the United States at NATO’s Civil Communications Planning Committee. A lifelong student, Colonel Scott was a graduate of Clarkson College of Technology, U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College, Escuela de Estado Mayor in Madrid, Spain, and Harvard’s Program for Senior Managers in Government. In addition, he attended courses at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL; studying theology, history, music, and advanced Spanish. These last years of learning were devoted to his search for the answers to his questions, “What is the Lure of Religion?” and “How did we get Here”? Colonel Scott’s conclusion as to the religious questions was twofold, God has placed in us a soul and then it is man’s journey to find God and know Him. The study of evolution of life’s systems satisfied the second question. Finally, in retirement, he volunteered with Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, which provided free medical services and drugs to the working poor of Lakeland, FL.
Surviving is his beloved wife of 44 years, Joyce Campbell Scott, whom he married on July 5, 1975; two sons, Hugh Bradford Scott (LCDR. USN, Ret.) of Montgomery Village, MD and Bruce Johnson Scott, (LTC, US Army, Ret.); step-son, Curtis Ray Imes of St. Thomas, PA; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, July 5, 2019, at 10 AM at the Chapel at Menno Haven, 2011 Scotland Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201, where Chaplain Art Page will officiate. Inurnment with full military honors and a chapel service at the Old Post Chapel will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. In lieu of flowers, Colonel Scott requests that memorial contributions be made to the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, 1021 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33805 or to Florida Southern College, Advancement Office, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801.
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    Friday, July 5th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, July 5th, 2019 10:00am
    Chapel at Menno Haven
    2075 Scotland Ave.
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Hugh Scott

Posted at 08:17pm
"Death Leaves A Heartache No One Can Heal, Love Leaves A Memory No One Can Steal."
Hugh B. Scott, RNC, MS

Jeff Sartori

Posted at 03:43pm
Hugh, whenever you spoke of your father journeys, actions and experiences they always included service to others or his Country. This speaks to the quality of the man / father, mentor /educator and warrior / patriot he was. Know the countless people he led / served with, mentored / educated and loved are better for it. Please accept our condolences for your loss. Have faith and share the belief your father now rests in the gentle and warm embrace of our heavenly father.

Janet Chrosniak

Posted at 09:29am
Hugh, while I do not know your father, I do know his son and the son is definitely a reflection of his father. You must have some very loving memories of your father and I hope you will cherish them always. You father made a very profound statement, "God has placed in us a soul and then it's man's journey to find God and know Him." So lovely. I am certain your father completed His journey and did in fact seek, find and know Him. RIP. You have my deepest sympathy Hugh... for you and all of your family. God bless you all and to our dear Veteran Col Charles H. Scott (Col, USA, Ret.)
~~~ Janet, Don & Teddy Chrosniak

Julia M Shoemaker

Posted at 06:21am
It's with great sadness I write this. The world has lost a gem! I met Scotty when we moved into the house beside them on Echo Dr. He and Joyce were always welcoming, warm and there to lend a hand if we needed anything. He was a true inspiration to my family especially to my son who looked up to him in many ways. We always enjoyed his stories, wit and humor. He will be missed and held in the highest regard. My sympathy to Joyce and the family. May he rest in peace. God bless. Julie (Steinberger) Shoemaker

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