Obituary for Richard Scott

| Posted on July 22, 2019

Richard Lee Scott, 75, passed away peacefully at his home in Berrien Springs, Michigan, on Friday, July 12, after a long struggle with ALS. Dick served Andrews University twice during his career, first as dean of men from 1972–1984 and then in Plant Services and Plant Administration from 1992–2014, when he retired as director of facilities management for the University. He is survived by his wife, Dixie (Beardsley) Scott (retired staff), daughter Shelley Bolin, a financial advisor in Student Financial Services, and son William Scott, PT clinical education coordinator in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences (former Department of Physical Therapy). 

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 19, at the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, with Pastor Dwight K. Nelson of Pioneer Memorial Church officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 10 a.m. until service time, and to leave online messages and memories at or below in the Andrews Agenda Comments section. Memorials may be made to the Worthy Student Fund at Andrews University or to the ALS Foundation.


Richard Lee Scott was born on Jan. 26, 1944, in St. Louis, Michigan. He was the only son of William and Imogene (Millner) Scott. In birth order, he was “sandwiched” between two sisters, Kay and Patricia Ann.

With the exception of living in the Detroit area (Dearborn) for the first year or two of his life, Dick spent his idyllic childhood as a Michigan country boy. He lived in a cottage in the woods next door to his maternal grandparents and within walking distance of Higgins Lake. The nearest town, Roscommon, was a one-stoplight town. His carpenter father taught him skills that laid a good foundation for his future work in building maintenance and in the oversight of building buildings. His father grew up as a passionate fisherman in Wisconsin, and he passed that lifelong passion on to Dick.

He attended public elementary school at Gerrish Higgins Elementary School in Roscommon. Dick was an active Cub Scout and Boy Scout. Even though his parents met at Cedar Lake Academy, they were not practicing Seventh-day Adventists once they moved to Higgins Lake. They moved during the Depression. The nearest Seventh-day Adventist church in Gaylord was too far away to travel to because of gas rationing. However, Dick shared that there was never a time in his life when he didn’t believe in God. In fact, he remembers how angry he was with God when his beloved paternal grandfather died when he was 8 years old.

Six years later, having just turned 14, there was another significant death in the family that would impact his life forever. After battling cancer for several years, his father succumbed in February of 1958 at the age of 37. During the latter part of his battle, Dick’s father asked that contact be made with the Houghton Lake Seventh-day Adventist Church. Bible studies were begun with the family, and his father requested that his three children be sent to Cedar Lake Academy. On May 31, 1958, he gave his heart to the Lord in baptism.

Dick graduated from Cedar Lake Academy and then came to Andrews University. While a student at Andrews, Dick began dating Dixie Lee Beardsley, a former classmate from Cedar Lake Academy. They were married on August 23, 1964, in Gobles, Michigan.

Dick received his Bachelor of Arts in physical education from Andrews University in 1967. Shortly after graduating, he served the Cedar Lake Church School in Cedar Lake, Michigan, where he taught physical education to grades four through six. He then served at Cedar Lake Academy for four years as dean of boys and teacher before joining the Andrews University staff in 1972. While living in Cedar Lake, Dick and Dixie welcomed two children into their lives, Michelle Lee, born April 20, 1969, and William Lee, born June 16, 1970.

After his experience as dean at Cedar Lake, he was called to return to his alma mater. He served his first year as assistant dean in Burman Hall, followed by his promotion to dean of men at Meier Hall and director of residence halls. Dixie and he dedicated themselves to mentoring and improving the lives of young men on campus for the next 12 years.

In 1984, both Dick and Dixie were offered positions at Camp Au Sable in Grayling, Michigan. They accepted the offers, and he left Andrews to work as an assistant manager of the Michigan Conference’s flagship summer camp.

Dick returned to Andrews for a final time in January 1992, when he was offered the position of manager of Plant Services, a position that allowed him to manage some of the biggest construction and renovation projects of recent time, including the new University entrance, renovations of Dining Services and Nethery Hall, and construction of Buller and Damazo Halls, among others.

Dick became director of facilities management in 2005, a position he held until retirement. Over the course of his tenure at Andrews University, he particularly appreciated the lasting relationships he built as a result of the 35 years he served Andrews University and the Berrien Springs community. At his retirement in 2014 he had served the Seventh-day Adventist denomination for almost five decades. He continued to volunteer at Transportation and Architecture after his retirement, as his health allowed.

In 2015 Dick was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was an inspiration to many as he faithfully continued to attend weekly church services at Pioneer Memorial Church, where he was a member for almost 40 years.

Dick was a devoted family man and loved spending time with his four grandchildren. He was also an avid golfer and fishing enthusiast, making an annual fishing trip to Canada with long-time friends Gerry Herdman, Jerry Metzger, Ray Hamblin and John Pangman for many years.

Dick passed away peacefully at his home in Berrien Springs, Michigan, on Friday, July 12, 2019.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Dixie Beardsley Scott; two adult children, daughter Shelley Bolin and her husband Duane, and son William Scott; four grandchildren, Kaitlyn Marie Rigg, Matthew Scott Rigg, Brooke Ashlyn Scott, and Connor William Scott; and his sister Kay Nelson.

He was predeceased by his father in 1958, his mother in 2012, and his sister Patricia Ann Bowen in 2018.



Dear Dixie and the family, may God give you strength and courage in these difficult times. Hold onto Jesus' promise that He is Life and Resurrection, and one day, very soon, you and we will see Dick again. I will remember Dick as a good friend, a thoughtful man who dedicated himself into serving the Andrews community. God bless you all. John and Vesna Markovic
Posted by: Anonymous
07/19/2019 at 09:02 AM
Dear Dixie and the family, may God give you strength and courage in these difficult times. Hold onto Jesus' promise that He is Life and Resurrection, and one day, very soon, you and we will see Dick again. I will remember Dick as a good friend, a thoughtful man who dedicated himself into serving the Andrews community. God bless you all.
Posted by: Anonymous
07/19/2019 at 09:01 AM
My first encounter with Dick Scott was as a student in the residence hall. He was a friendly, caring, Christian leader. Many years later when I became an employee of Andrew's and Dick was in Plant Administration, I again appreciated his leadership and steady practical approach to handling problems. May the promise of Christ's soon coming comfort his loving family. Brad Chistensen
Posted by: Anonymous
07/19/2019 at 06:12 AM
Dixie, our hearts are broken with the loss of Dick. You two are the best friends anyone could ever have. So many memories!!! Dick was a true gentleman and you both were the best house guests. You have been the best example of a Christian wife. Dick's courage in this hard fought battle has been an inspiration. He was the best fishing buddy anyone could have and one of the most interesting conversationalists. What a great day it will be when we all meet again. Ray and Madlyn Hamblin
Posted by: Anonymous
07/19/2019 at 06:03 AM
Though I knew Dick during our last years of academy (I at Grand Ledge and he at Cedar Lake), it wasn't until 1962, when we became roommates as freshmen at Emanuel Missionary College (Andrews University as of second semester), that we had a chance to really get acquainted. Even though our paths have not crossed since I left Andrews in 1968, my early impression of Dick an exceptionally good man has remained with me these 50+ years, and I am sure that wherever he served he was deeply appreciated. Dixie, Lynne and I send our deepest sympathy at Dick's passing, and honor the legacy that continues to inspire all who knew him. (Harold and Lynne Lickey)
Posted by: Anonymous
07/18/2019 at 11:19 PM
Dick was loved and respected by everyone. Dixie, my "dynamite" friend, may the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time. So thankful we have a hope! Love and hugs, Lori (Colwell) Adler.
Posted by: Anonymous
07/18/2019 at 6:01 PM
Dixie, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Come soon, Jesus! Mary Nell Rosenboom
Posted by: Anonymous
07/18/2019 at 1:45 PM
Dear Dixie--You have been so strong and courageous these last four years, faithfully taking care of Dick, yet still staying involved in your own interests as well. Jesus is coming soon, my friend, and those men of ours will rise up strong once again! We all love and admire you, Dixie. Love, Rosie Nash
Posted by: Anonymous
07/16/2019 at 11:16 PM
Praying for you and your family. ❤️🙏🏼✝️
Posted by: Anonymous
07/16/2019 at 05:31 AM
Thoughts and prayers for all of you Dixie. I have two mind pictures of Dick to share with you. The first is the day that the first banners went up in PMC. Someone other than Dick was to put them in place high on the west wall, but they were not feeling well so we were told and so Dick as the leader of the department went up on the scaffolding and placed them where he was told to do it. Dick the caring leader. The second picture is from not to long ago. As we were leaving the parking lot at the Howard Dick could be seen making track down the sidewalk across the street on his trusty device that allowed him to move. He was off on an adventure and the son-in-law had to hustle to keep up with him. Dick on an adventure. Blessings to all of you Ruth Roberts
Posted by: Anonymous
07/15/2019 at 10:35 AM
Dick was a great friend. My memories of our summer trips to Canada fishing will never be forgotten. My prayers are with Dixie and family. Our Hope is Jesus is coming soon. Blessings, Ray Hamblin
Posted by: Anonymous
07/15/2019 at 10:26 AM
My memories of Dick go all the way back to the 70’s when I and my brothers would play with Shelly and Bill. I was always a little in awe of Dean Scott, as we called him, because he knew how to do more things than my father, who was also a very multitalented person. Dean Scott was always patient and kind with all of us kids running around the campus during those summers. I know his presence made focusing on studies a much easier task for my parents. The world is a lonelier place now that I know he’s no longer with us. My prayers go out to Dixie, Shelly and Bill and all their family.
Posted by: Anonymous
07/15/2019 at 09:42 AM
My thoughts and prayers to Dixie and your family. Most sincerely, Jean Kusnir (Gustavsen).
Posted by: Anonymous
07/15/2019 at 08:27 AM
Dick was a GREAT man. He was loving, kind and God fearing. He will always be remembered for his wisdom and fairness. I looked up to him and he never let me down. Both Shelly and I are saddened to hear of his passing. Wayne Perry
Posted by: Anonymous
07/14/2019 at 8:28 PM
My sincere sympathy goes to Dixie. You have been strong for so long my dear sister in Jesus. Now is the time for both you and your dearly beloved to rest. Hope in Jesus. He is coming soon to take us home. Lovingly. Candice Hollingsead
Posted by: Anonymous
07/14/2019 at 5:03 PM

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