James Scott McLaughlin of Davenport passed away on Saturday, July 23 after an extended illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Noble and Myrna McCorkel McLaughlin, and two sisters, Mary McLaughlin Farley and Laurel McLaughlin Blackwell. He is survived by one daughter, Amy McLaughlin Bass (Marcus) and grandchildren Travis, Derrick, Justin, and Amya. He is also survived by one brother, Bill McLaughlin (Penny) and one sister, Ann McClusky, both of Monticello, Iowa as well as by his long-time companion, Brenda Smith of Davenport. Halligan-McCabe-Devries Funeral Home, Davenport, assisted the family with arrangements.
Scott was the oldest of five siblings who were the sixth generation of children to be raised on McLaughlin land in Jones County, Iowa. As was the case with all of his siblings, Scott loved the family farm of his birth and kept a close connection with it throughout his life.
He was a 1964 graduate of Monticello High School where he excelled as a student. Following graduation, he attended the University of Iowa and Drake University and ultimately received a nursing degree. Scott found his calling as a nurse specializing in elder care. He took pride in providing a high standard of care for his patients. His wit and humor frequently brought joy to them and to those around him.
He is remembered by family members and friends as a thoughtful and generous man. He always came bearing gifts for loved ones. He served as the family photographer. Scott was a sports enthusiast, and was most upbeat when talking sports, especially about the Cubs or Hawkeyes. While you might, or might not agree with his political positions, Scott was an astute observer of government and politics and always had an opinion that was informed. He was a loving father and proud grandfather.
His is a story that too few have the opportunity to experience. A lifetime surrounded by family, holiday memories, and close connection to the land. Scott spent his last day at the very place where it all began for him…walking the land, sharing memories, and sitting on the side porch of Will O Mac, his ancestral home…the very porch where he played as a child. He will be remembered in a private, family celebration of his life on Saturday, July 29 at Will O Mac in Monticello, Iowa.