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Scott H. Lewis

Born on November 29, 1956 to Robert and Hazel Lewis, Scott Lewis grew up in the small town of Riverdale, MI. Quickly, it was found that baseball would become his lifelong passion. He was always involved in baseball, whether it was playing with his friends or watching it on TV.

He was always a daddy’s boy, with his fondest memories being playing Little League with his dad as his coach. He loved going to baseball games with his dad and grandpa and remained a devoted Tigers fan for all of his life.

Scott moved to Otsego in 1970. While in high school he began working at the local Burger Chef. He was quickly promoted to manager after graduating with the Otsego High School class of ’74. At that time he found his passion in food service. Thanks to the help from a local investor, he was able to open his own restaurant. His proudest moment in life was the opening of Scotty’s Subs & Sundaes in Dowagiac.

After running his local restaurant for ten years, Scott decided to see the country by long-distance trucking. Scott and his beloved dachshund, Bosco, traveled the country by truck for many years until an injury to his back forced him to retire from truck driving. Early in his retirement Scott still had a love for driving and meeting various people from around the world so he began driving for Uber and Lyft. He loved hearing all his passenger’s stories until an accident sent him to the hospital, where he discovered he had colon cancer.

Scott could often be found at dive bars controlling the jukebox, where he was loved for his great music selection and crazy hats. In his retirement he made great friends at Duck Inn and CJ’s. He often referred to them as his bar family, while they gave him the much respected nickname “Music Man”.

Scott lost his battle with colon cancer on May 16, 2023.

Scott is survived by his sister, Lisa (Gary) Sutton; his nephews, Cody (Hollie), Zach and Matt Sutton and Michael Stough and his nieces, Abbie (Sam) Nou, Tammy (Dan) D’Amore and Teresa Stough.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Hazel Lewis, brothers, Bob and Rodney Lewis and his sister, Cindy Stough.

Per his wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no memorial service. His wish was that everyone make a toast in his honor.

Contributions in memory of Scott may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or your local animal shelter.

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Lori Coe

May 16, 2023 at 2:43 pm

Lisa I am so sorry for your loss. I have a lot of fond memories working with Scott at Burger Chef in Plainwell. I even attended a Tigers game with him one spring. We talked about the Tigers frequently once I found him.on Facebook.

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Sherry Schumaker

May 16, 2023 at 2:47 pm

Lisa, I am so sorry to hear about you loosing Scott. We are sending up prayers and love to all of his family.

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Kim Lewis

May 16, 2023 at 3:34 pm

I was shocked to hear of this & deeply saddened.. Rest Peacefully Scotty. Praying for the Family with much love. You will be Missed Scotty.

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Vickie Phillipson

May 16, 2023 at 3:34 pm

My heartfelt condolences to Scotty’s family. I am so sad to see he passed. I was following his journey on FB and was praying for the best.

I have long missed him in Dowagiac. I always told Scotty he made the best burned BLT I have ever ordered. I love the bacon and bread burned to a crisp. He used to make it that way, just for me, despite the whole restaurant smelling like it was on fire!

Many years later, when we reconnected on FB, I still teased him about his great BLTs.

Rest in peace my friend. You will be missed.

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Mrs. Jim Hewitt. ( Patti Khodl )

May 16, 2023 at 4:51 pm

Gosh Lisa, such a long list of tragedies continue to dwell in your family. So sorry to read of this. I remember Hazel mentioning Scott by name when working at the hospital. Too much grief for a family to bear. Don’t think I ever met your brother, but I enjoyed reading his obituary. It is well written! Be kind to yourself, grief is a rocky road. Hugs to you!

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Patrick & Angelina Clark

May 16, 2023 at 4:51 pm

Sending Our Deepest Sympathy to you Lisa. Prayers to the entire family.

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Wendy Elsey

May 16, 2023 at 8:59 pm

Scott’s was a regular stop for us. I remember the posters, especially one of a teenager holding a baby. It said (statistically) the baby would finish high before its mom. No place like Scotty’s. RIP.

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Joe Stout

May 16, 2023 at 9:04 pm

I first met Scott when I was sophomore at Otsego High. A couple of my teammates on the basketball team knew Scott and that led us to frequent pre-game meals at the Burger Chef he managed. It was obvious right away that Scott was passionate about sports, and I have met few people that had his level of knowledge about sports. Fast forward a few years and Scott became one of the residents at the animal house, an aptly named house four of us rented in Kalamazoo. This is where another roommate and friend, Andy Winter gave Scott the moniker “Brutus.” The adventures and laughs there were in great abundance and the stories will live on. During that time, Scott employed me at the Burger Chef he was now managing on Lake Street. It was there that Scott insisted one particular customer get in my line to place his order, that customer being Magic Johnson. A highlight of my life. Several years later, the tables were turned and I employed Scott at one of my deli’s, Big Joe’s. Although it was a brief tenure, I believe it inspired Scott to open his own deli, Scotty’s in Dowagiac. Like many people in my life, I lost track of Scott but then reconnected via social media. His Facebook posts were legendary and generally solicited a smile and some laughter. A razor sharp wit, quick with the response, a contagious laugh, and big personality were all elements of guy you enjoyed spending time with. Oddly, Andy Winter and I were scheduled to meet Scott for lunch a few weeks ago when I was visiting from Florida. Scott had to cancel as he said he was not feeling well. I’m shocked and saddened by his passing and my life was better for knowing him, for which I am grateful. To Lisa and the family, my deepest sympathy. We’ll miss you Brutus.

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Lisa Sutton

May 20, 2023 at 1:41 am

What a wonderful tribute Joe. I know how fond he was of you,I only wish you and Andy could have met him for lunch. I have heard many of your tales over the years. He will be missed. ♥️

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Randy Lewis

May 16, 2023 at 9:32 pm

Lisa – I was so sorry to learn of Scott’s passing. Some of my best childhood memories were coming out to your place and playing baseball and snowmobiling. Scott and I both loved the Detroit Tigers and I think my very first Tiger game was going with Uncle Bob, my dad and Scott to see them play. It was also the first time I ever had McDonalds as we stopped on the way home to get their All American combo. My thoughts are with you, too much loss in such a short period of time. Take care of yourself. Randy

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Lisa

May 20, 2023 at 1:46 am

Randy, as you know, you were always his favorite cousin. He followed your golf for many years. He was so proud that his cousin was such a phenomenal golfer. Told everyone that would listen. I will miss him and our time spent checking out new restaurants. It’s going to be very lonely without my birth family.

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Spencer

May 16, 2023 at 9:58 pm

I remember and greatly enjoyed the days hanging around Scotty’s.

Scott was always a pleasant individual to speak with about many things. I remember Scott sitting still long enough to allow me to interview his work experience for a school paper while I was attending Southwestern Michigan College.

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Patty Booth

May 16, 2023 at 10:06 pm

So many wonderful memories of Scottie’s. Went there often for lunch. He actually lived above my flower shop for many years. He was a great guy. RIP Scotty

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Bob Stone Sr

May 17, 2023 at 8:30 am

Although You Left To Soon Your Life Will Always Be Fondly Remembered. Scotty aka Music Man I Personally Loved Your Knowledge And Debating With Others And Winning Was Amazing! God Bless And Keep You Scotty, You Will Be Missed, I Toast You Music Man!

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John Hutchinson

May 17, 2023 at 9:01 am

So sorry to hear Scott lost his battle against Cancer. His Facebook posts on Baseball were entertaining. He was a classic.

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Susan Reen

May 17, 2023 at 12:57 pm

Scotty the music man will be missed by everyone at the time out lounge in Galesburg he brought so much joy to all of us and a great knowledge of music. My my playlist as the DJ increased. With his suggestions. God’s speed. My friend.

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Judy sirk

May 17, 2023 at 1:22 pm

Worked for Scott until he closed the doors. He was a great boss , friend and all around nice guy . He’s gonna be missed by many. Cheers . R.I.P

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Jane

May 17, 2023 at 3:20 pm

What an awesome man, I am so glad to have met him and spent time with him, we will miss him so much!

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Stephanie Stewart

May 19, 2023 at 8:07 pm

I worked for Scotty for a long time and was blessed to have gotten to spend some time with him recently. He will be missed. I will always think of him when I watch the Tigers play. I am so.sorry for the family’s loss. He was a wonderful man.

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Susan Knapp

May 17, 2023 at 4:58 pm

Lisa so sorry to see you going through this again. This brings to mind many memories of Burger chef and working with Scott and rod.

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Ronnie Marks

May 18, 2023 at 10:31 am

I made fast friends with Scott when his family moved to Otsego. Andy Winter, Dennis Jackson, Scott, and I all loved sports, baseball in particular, and that shared passion led to many fond memories. After high school, Scott and I drifted apart for awhile, only to hook up later in life at The M89 Bar in Otsego, sharing a beer, laughing about the “old days”, and of course, talking baseball. I most recently seen Scott, sadly enough, at the Borgess Cancer Center while I was finishing up my chemo treatments for cancer and he was at his first treatment. We chatted, had a few laughs, encouraged each other to hang in there, and had a hug. Scott was one of the genuine nice guys that I have met in my lifetime and I have always valued his friendship, his easy smile, and his sense of humor. He will certainly be missed by all who knew him. My heart goes out to Lisa and all of Scott’s family and friends, he was truly a friend to all. Keep your fond memories close to your heart and Scott will always be there.

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Pat Kennett Shock

May 18, 2023 at 8:11 pm

Lisa I’m so sorry about Scott I just heard from Ann Seaman Ames she read it on Facebook. I don’t do Facebook so I’m glad she let me know. My thoughts are with you hope you continue to stay strong. Love Pat Kennett Shock and our entire family

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Lisa Sutton

May 20, 2023 at 9:31 am

Patty,I would love to get together sometime. The last time was years ago when Matt was playing soccer in Petoskey. If you ever go to the reunion let me know. I would be glad to take a drive up. Yes, I’m the only one left and it’s lonely in a strange way. Love you, Lisa

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Ann Ames

May 18, 2023 at 8:36 pm

Lisa I’m so sad to hear of Scott’s passing. It has been so many years since I’ve seen you all. I knew about Rodney and Cindy passing and of course Bobby also. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this rough time. I hope you are doing well! Please take care and God bless you. Your cousin, Ann Seaman Ames

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Lisa Sutton

May 20, 2023 at 9:32 am

Thanks Ann, I would be lying if I said it wasn’t tough. It’s been so hard being sad all the time it seems

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Ashley Wagel

May 19, 2023 at 3:28 pm

I have great memories of eating the best sub sandwiches I ever had and playing Ms Pac-Man at Scotties. We talked baseball and he would tease me for hogging the machine. Scott was a great guy and will be missed. RIP old friend.

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Lisa Sutton

May 20, 2023 at 9:33 am

Thanks Ann, I would be lying if I said it wasn’t tough. It’s been so hard being sad all the time it seems

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Tim and Linda Gladysz

May 31, 2023 at 3:32 pm

We are saddened to hear of Scott’s passing. He was always one of our favorite customers at M89 Sports Bar and Grill. He always stopped in when he wasn’t on the road driving his truck. We will miss him dearly. Prayers to his family and other friends out there.

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