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Services October 15 for James Scott Wiebe

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James “Scott” Wiebe, formerly of Chesterton and resident of Indio, California, passed away in the early morning hours of August 31 at Desert Regional Hospital in nearby Palm Springs. Scott attended Chesterton High School where he participated in swimming, the school newspaper, excelled in academics, and was honored in 1970 by appearing in “America’s Outstanding Teens”. He particularly enjoyed Boy Scouts as an Eagle Scout, member and committee chairman of the Order of the Arrow, representative of the Potawatomie Council of Scouting to the State capitol and the nation, and as Assistant Scoutmaster of Chesterton Troop 8.

After graduating from CHS, Scott attended Indiana University, graduating with a BA in school administration and history in 1974. While there, he was a member of the ASF fraternity. After a brief career as a boatman on a barge traveling between Pittsburgh, PA, and New Orleans, LA, on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, he returned to school, obtaining his Master’s degree from Memphis State University. He subsequently taught high school in Hernando, Mississippi, eventually rising to the position of Principal of Southaven Junior High School in 1986. Along the way, he received numerous citations and accolades for his principled approach to teaching, effectiveness in inspiring his students, and exemplary skills in school administration.

Desiring a change of venue and looking for new challenges, Scott caught the bug to move west, resettling in San Diego, California in 1991 with his closest and life-long friend Steve Williams. While there, Scott served the community as a literacy tutor with the San Diego literacy program in the effort to give the gift of reading to adults. They later moved east to Indio, California where Scott enjoyed serving the community as a guide and lecturer with the Coachella Valley History Museum.

Scott’s love was of humanity through the lens of history - especially Roman history. As a young man growing up, he would don the garb of a Roman centurion and lead young members of the family in pretend battles and outdoor games of every sort. His imagination inspired and delighted. He also loved board games of strategic thinking such as Risk, enjoyed the lure of nature, and was an avid fan and supporter of Indiana University football and basketball. Scott was fun, loving, and never had a stranger in his presence. He had a great sense of humor, and appreciated and lived each moment to the fullest. He will be dearly missed.

He is predeceased by his parents John S. and Muriel Wiebe, and sisters Nancy Stoltz and Susan Betterton, all formerly of Chesterton, and is survived by life-long friend Steve Williams of Indio, California, siblings Sally (deceased husband James) Wiebe Tollefson, Chesterton, Indiana and J. Kirk (Cynthia) Wiebe, Westminster, Maryland, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

After cremation, Scott’s remains will be moved to Chesterton where a memorial service will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Church on East Porter Avenue, Chesterton at 12:00 noon on October 15. Following the service, mourners are invited to gather at the grave site in Chesterton Cemetery for remembrances. Those wishing to express condolences are invited to donate to a charity of their choosing.




Posted 96/2016





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