For many longtime Portage residents, John Scott was the embodiment of the city, known not only for his political activities but also for his involvement in the community, said his son, Terry Scott.
“We’d be out to eat and people would come and sit at our table,” he said. “He was straight-talking, not pretentious. He was old school — be fair and do it right.”
John R. Scott, 81, of Portage, died July 15. He worked 35 years for U.S. Steel Gary Works, retiring as a roll turner.
He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Veronica “Ronnie” Scott, on June 27, 2013.
He was a longtime member of Nativity of Our Savior Catholic Church, American Legion Post 260 and Knights of Columbus Council 9114. He was an Army veteran.
He was active in the city of Portage, serving as the plumbing inspector and fire commissioner. He also served as the Portage Township assessor for 16 years and the Porter County assessor for four years.
He loved singing and was a member of the Chorus of the Dunes and the Daily News Quartet.
“He was a people person,” his son said. “He enjoyed being in the limelight, but he also enjoyed seeing other people enjoy his performances.”
He was an avid sports fan, favoring the Chicago Bears and the White Sox.
“He would go to as many games as he could,” he said.
Terry Scott said his father was an average, likable guy who worked hard to make his community a better place.
“He was a regular guy who made good with a high school education and an Army background,” he said.