Larry "Scotty" Scott

  • Died: August 18, 2020
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

As an avid recreational sailor and an expert sonarman for the U.S. Navy following graduation from Dowling High School, the story of Scotty is perhaps best told as "An Epic Voyage of Love and Laughter".

His journey began 81 years ago, born in Des Moines, Iowa to Joseph and Arline Scott and growing up alongside his brothers Dennis, Bill and Tom. Larry often shared stories of he and his brothers as a rambunctious brood, constantly playing practical jokes and engaging in silly shenanigans. His love for laughter and good-natured fun became a defining part of Larry's personality and something he was known and loved for by family and friends.

In 1962 Larry married the love of his life Janice (Stoner) and embarked on a career with the Bell System, starting as an installer for Western Electric and working his way up to Manager of the AT&T Training Center in Lisle, IL. Larry's True North however was his family that survives him – his wife of 58 years; his children, Matt (Patty) Scott, Laura (David) Duguid, Lisa (Tom) Jontz, Andy Scott; as well as his grandchildren, Tyler and Trevor Scott, Joe Clanin, and Belle and Cole Duguid.

Second only to his family was Larry's love for sailing. He and Janice enjoyed nearly 40 years of boating on Lake Rathbun where they made many lifelong friends. Larry was known as the "go-to-guy" for questions about boat maintenance and sailboat racing and of course as the infamous "instigator of fun". Larry remained especially close to his sailing friend Chad Hensley. Up until Larry's passing in mid-August, the two lunched every Friday, discussing the world's problems and pondering life's great mysteries.

Larry's life also took a creative tack. He dabbled in oil painting and enjoyed doing stained glass work – frequently fueled by his favorite treat, chocolate.

The final leg of Larry's journey is underway, as he navigates the celestial sphere to reunite with his mother, father, brother Dennis, childhood friend Jack Agey and all friends and family gone before him.

Due to the pandemic, the memorial service will be a small private family affair. Those wishing to express remembrance can, in lieu of flowers, make a donation in Larry's name to Holy Family School at or Hope Ministries at

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Condolence & Memory Journal

So very sorry for your loss. Scotty was such a great friend to my dad and I have so many great memories of him. May he continue to sail in the heavens and his memories remain in your hearts. Love, Debbie Agey

Posted by Debbie Agey Watson - Keller, TX - Friend   September 03, 2020

Dear Janice, You might remember I am an old friend from BLC days. I am so sorry that you have lost your best friend. The obituary sounds like you have had a wonderful life together and I am so happy for that. Please take care of yourself and know that unknown people are thinking of you and care. Pam Funk Loomis

Posted by Pam Loomis (Funk) - Knoxville, IA - Friend   August 24, 2020

Where do I begin, my heart is broken, I did not get to say good bye to Uncle Larry. He was the best, so funny and just a great guy. I feel very lucky to have had him in my life. My heart goes out to My Aunt Jan and my cousins, I am so very sorry. My love and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Mellissa Stuber - Family   August 20, 2020

Larry was a big part of my life as I grew up at Lake Rathbun. He always stood at the ready to help out any boater with any kind of a problem, and he had enthusiasm and energy to spare. My dad and I will miss him greatly.

Posted by Kevin Hensley - Needham, MA - Family   August 20, 2020

Dear Janice & family,
My thoughts are selfish, my heart is broken, but my prayers for you are abundant as you learn how to live life without him.
In the late 80's we were blessed to become a part of North Dock at Lake Rathbun. I had some of the best times in my life when my dad became the new owner of a sailboat. As friendships grew on North Dock, I became the chosen one to be Scotty's racing crew. I was blessed to have that time with him. He taught me many things on the lake & not just how to sail. He taught me strong life lessons and how to make the most of what you are given. While racing, finding the best wind and trimming the sails accordingly. He knew the lake and always seemed to know how the winds would blow.
A few years later my dad had a major heart event. Scotty was my lifeline. He let me call at any time & gave me positive thoughts when things were difficult. He and Janice continued to be there for me as devoted friends are when life happens. He knew exactly what to say and how to say it. He knew how to comfort and care for his friends and family. He knew how to be a friend in the most genuine form of the word.
Scotty was one of the best story tellers I have ever known; it helps to have a wealth of stories to tell. My dad gave him many to repeat and I cherished hearing each one.
Dad would say, That Larry Scott, what fine young gentleman. In every aspect, YES he was.
My memories throughout our friendship will forever be cherished, until we meet again.
Loving thoughts, hugs and prayers to each of you,
Kim Kirchner & Wesley Scott Kirchner

Posted by Kim Kirchner - Iowa City, IA - Family Friend   August 19, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of Larry's passing, he was a super friend and loved by so many. I'm also sorry for the pain he had to endure during his bough with his illness but know it was necessary to keep trying. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all at this time of need. His memories will forever be with us all that knew him and enjoyed him. Love and hugs to all of you!
Aunt Reta Scott Brown

Posted by Reta Brown - St Charles, IA - Family Friend   August 19, 2020

So beautifully written. We will all miss him terribly. Love and hugs.

Posted by Ceci Kingsley - Johnston, IA - Family   August 18, 2020

Lisa and Laura - So sorry to learn of the passing of your father. Prayers to you and your family at this very difficult time. - Jane (McKenna) Gatzke

Posted by Jane Gatzke - ANKENY, IA   August 18, 2020