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Brian Scott Valle
October 26, 1940 ~ October 17, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Brian Scott Valle was born on October 26, 1940, to Marian Louise Schultz and Emilio Lopez Valle in Benton Harbor, Michigan. After graduating from Benton Harbor High School in 1959, he enlisted in the Navy, where he was trained as an aerographer’s mate and involved with code work while stationed in Kami Seya, Japan for four years.
Upon completing his military service, he used the GI Bill to attend community college and later Western Michigan University, graduating in 1969. He ultimately earned a Master’s degree from Central Michigan University.
On March 26, 1968, Scott eloped with Alice Marlene Hall from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Tazewell, Virginia. He built their home on Huyck Lake in Kinderhook, Michigan, where they raised four daughters, numerous pets, and maintained a large garden.
Scott spent his career as a science teacher at Coldwater High School. He was known for having tanks full of exciting specimens and a back room full of ‘wonders’.
During his retirement, Scott, with Thelma Dillen at his side, remained active with various interests, including caring for his pets, boating, woodworking, motorcycling, gardening, and many other projects. He was known as a dreamer and an optimist, always carrying a positive attitude. Scott was a lover of all animals, but especially his chickens, and he always stayed abreast of the news. He lived by the motto, “There’s no such thing as CAN’T.”
Scott completed his earthly journey on October 17, 2023. His warm smile and twinkling eyes will be missed by all who knew him. He leaves behind a legacy of enthusiasm, teaching, and optimism.
Scott is survived by his longtime companion, Thelma Dillen of Sturgis, MI. Also by his four daughters, Dawn Buchanan of Fort Wayne, IN; LaShon (Justin) Evans of Soldotna, AK; Nicole Valle of Greenville, SC; and Leitia Valle of Angola, IN; and ex-wife and friend Marlene Valle of Fort Wayne, IN. Grandchildren: Avery Valle, Krista (David) Hsieh, Katy (David) McMullin, Ricky Short, Colene Short, Alex Buchanan, Jon Buchanan, Sarah Buchanan, Olivia Buchanan, Derek Evans, Porter Evans, Ethan Evans, Regan Evans, and Alyson Evans. Great Grandchildren: Evelyn Hummel and Eleanor Hsieh. And by his brother Gregg (Jeanne) Willard of South Daytona, Florida, and his sister Elizabeth “Kandy” (Richard) Ziebarth of St. Joseph, MI. And of course, by his beloved dog, Ellie Sue.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Sutton’s, 160 Public Square, Angola, IN on November 4th, 2023 from 1-4pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to your local animal shelter be made in Scott’s honor.