PONTIAC – David Howard Schott passed away Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 6:50 a.m. at Accolade Healthcare in Pontiac, IL. Cremation rites will be accorded. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, a Celebration of Life for Dave will be held at a later date. Memorials in Dave’s name may be made to First United Methodist Church, Pontiac, IL. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, is handling the arrangements. David was born July 2, 1942 to Howard and Mabel (Branz) Schott in Pontiac, IL. He married Judy Drury on March 3, 1961 at the First Lutheran Church in Pontiac. Survivors include his wife, Judy of Pontiac, IL; one son, Dale (Brenda)  Schott of Blackstone, IL; three daughters: Ann (Joe) Foley of Pontiac, IL; Bobbi (Jerry) Curl of Diamond, IL; and Missi (Mike) Woods of Metamora, IL; grandchildren: Kristi (Nate) Tissiere, Tim (Stephanie) Turner, Jessica Turner (Nathon), Katelyn Dolan (Nathan), Danielle Dolan (Kyle), Dylan Marcin, Tyler Curl, Brett Curl, Steve (Megan) VandeWerken and Troy Woods; “Grandpa’s special helper” grandson, Don Foley, preceded him in death on September 17, 2003; great-grandchildren: Emerson, Riley, Zoey, Audrina, Logan, Lorelai, Calleigh, Talan and Kayson. David had 12 siblings. Surviving are Ellis Schott of Braceville, IL, Francis Schott of Pontiac, IL, and Mary Mason of Chenoa, IL. Preceding him in death were siblings: Lloyd Schott, Ivan Schott, Vera Wilson, Doris McDowell, Don Schott, Gail Schott and Roy Schott. Siblings Wayne and Shirley died in infancy. David worked as a laborer with Klean-Lay in Leland, a driver with Creighton Allis-Chalmers dealer in Leland, and Fire Chief of Leland Fire and Ambulance. After moving in 1975, David farmed in rural Blackstone until his retirement. He then worked for Stoller International in Pontiac, IL. David was a member of the United Methodist Church in Leland, Odell, Dwight and Pontiac, where he loved to serve. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge in Pontiac, Leland Lions Club, Pontiac Lions Club, and the Central States Thresherman’s Reunion. He had a passion for maintaining and operating steam engines; he rebuilt and brought back to life the famous “Sparky”  for the Pontiac Lions Club. David also organized and taught an annual Steam School to teach younger “engineers.” He loved working with/showing horses. He was in many parades. David was so proud of his family and was always quick to brag on them any chance he could get. He was a wonderful husband, dad, grandpa, brother and friend. He will be greatly missed. This obituary may be viewed and guestbook signed at www.calvertmemorial.com

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