Scott Michael Svetly was born Jan. 23, 1969, at the Dallas County Hospital in Perry. He collapsed and passed away Saturday, Feb. 8.

He was a 1987 graduate of the Perry High School and earned a B.A. Degree from the College of Design at Iowa State University in 1993.

Scott was a unique individual. He was frequently "working on a project." He had a lifelong interest in sketching and carving and then giving what he had created to others.

He was a compassionate, gentle man who had the gift of listening. Scott loved books of all types. We often said he would have been a great teacher because he loved sharing what he had learned through reading.

His move to Santa Fe, N.M., offered him the chance to complete a desire to study Aikido. He earned his black belt and shared his knowledge by teaching self-defense to women.

He was the office manager at Advanced Sanitary Supply.

In his spare time, if he wasn’t working on a project, he might be out hiking, going to a movie, perusing antique stores, looking at the art ware around the Plaza, carving Celtic designs, looking through baseball cards or frequenting the toy aisles looking for a bargain to add to the Toys for Tots bins.

He leaves behind his mom, Jackie Svetly; brother, Rob (Angela Pitkin); niece, Laura; grandmother, Jerry Grimm; and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gary Svetly, and grandparents, Flora and Jim Svetly and Harold Grimm.

Visitation will be Friday, March 28, from 5-7 p.m., and a memorial service will be Saturday, March 29, at 10 a.m., all at the Carris Family Funeral Home in Perry.

Memorial monies will be given to the Perry Public Library.