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Wayne Scott Preston, 65, of Nixa, Missouri passed peacefully and joined his Heavenly Father early on February 14, 2022. He was surrounded by family and his pastor. Scott, as he was commonly known, was born on April 11, 1956 in Everett, WA to Guy, Jr and Iris (Holmes) Preston, the only son with 4 sisters. He told everyone that he was the favorite son. His mother related that he sang “I Have Decided To Follow Jesus” when he was nine years old and he did just that.
Scott attended the Oroville Schools, graduating in 1976, when he enlisted in the US Navy, serving from 1977-1981. He was deployed on the USS Cayuga in the Pacific theatre, visiting many exotic places, including Japan and Palao.
This mechanical and technical training served him well as Fleet Engineer for Dy-Dee Diaper Service, CA and compressor technician for Bowgen Fuel Systems, AR and MO. His true passion, though, was computers; he received training from Ikon Solutions, 2011. He started his new career as computer technician at both Ozark Bank and Redneck Trailer Supplies. On June 27, 2012, Scott opened his own mobile computer repair company, Tech Dude On Call. He absolutely loved serving his many customers with their computer needs and was very proud to say that he “had the very best boss”.
Scott met Peggy Hicks at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Springfield, MO during fall 1992. They were married on September 4, 1993. Theirs was “a beautiful love story”, filled with much fun, laughter, music, surprises, and adventures. They enjoyed 28 years 5 months and 10 days together. Scott often joked: “and they said it’d never last.” He and Peggy were very best friends. Travels led them to Boston, MA; Anchorage, AK; Pine, CO; Chicago, IL; Maui, HI; Ireland; Pigeon Forge, TN; southeast Missouri; the Tennessee Fitness Spa; WA state to visit family; and Branson, MO for shows and mini golf.
Scott was a good guy; he held faith, family, friends, and fun dear. He was a problem solver, adventurous, and publicly and privately generous. He loved huckleberry ice cream, hot tubs, massages, howling at the full moon, and Monday night cards with his in-laws – sometimes even winning. During one season of life, he and Peggy participated in numerous 5K runs, including the Turkey Trot. He also completed the Bass Pro Shops Cohick half marathon in under two hours. “My Fair Lady” was his favorite musical.
Scott absolutely loved the mountains and snow. This prompted him to do a “happy snow dance” every time it snowed. His friend Bill Barnett dubbed him “Snow Dancer”; Peggy shared videos of the dances online.
Scott knew how to make you feel important and loved; he was a really good friend – honest and loyal. He especially enjoyed every minute spent with nephews, nieces, great nephews, and great nieces. He looked forward to special times with his “Friday child”. He connected with his friend Dennis Boggess every September 19th, National Talk Like A Pirate Day, to converse – “aaargh, matey”!
Scott is survived by his wife and best friend Peggy at home; his parents – mother Iris Preston Nelson of Tonasket, WA and parents-in-law Denny and Shelby Hicks of Nixa, MO; siblings Linda and Paul Schwilke of Oroville, WA; Pat Prentice of Camano Island, WA; Salley and Gary Bull of Oroville, WA; Gretchen Miller; Paula and Don Chapman of Billings, MO; Patty and Ray King, of Boaz, MO; and Pam and Gary Holmes of Midlothian, TX.
Scott and Peggy were very proud of their awesome nephews and nieces. They include: Monica and Tim Knight; Sharon and Tod Richardson; Melissa and Peter Wold; Leah and Chris Palmer; Donovan Combs; Salina and Brad Timm; Renee and Steve Slaven; Ashley Chambers; Stacie and Jason Patzwald; Karen Monk; Rachel Lyons; Meagan and Kevin Grundy; Philip and Sabrina Backlin; Adam and Maddie Johnson; Lydia Chapman; Jaredd and Heather King; Nic and Sarah Wilson; Amanda and Eric Rogers; Taylor King; Grant and Cayla Holmes; and Quinn Holmes. He will be greatly missed by many other family members, friends, and customers.
Scott was preceded in death by his father Guy Jr; numerous uncles and aunts; niece Amy Davis; brother-in-law Darrell Prentice; nephew Aaron King; and great nephew Brice David Monk.
Scott was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Nixa, MO, where he served as a sound and media tech for services. In 2021 he and Peggy read the Bible through chronologically and had started a new study, “Wisdom For Today” by Chuck Smith.
He was a registered tissue/organ donor. Memorial donations should be made to the “Tech Dude scholarship”, Nixa Education Foundation, to benefit students pursuing a career in technology. Donations should be made to NEF, 301 S Main, Nixa, MO 65714; please reference the “Tech Dude scholarship” with your gift.
SERVICE – Saturday, March 26. Visitation begins at 9:00 am (CST) with a Celebration of Life following at 10:00 am (CST). The service will be livestreamed. Another Celebration of Life will be held at the family cabin on Palmer Lake, near Loomis, WA, later this summer.
Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.
Saturday, March 26, 2022
9:00 - 10:00am
Saturday, March 26, 2022
Starts at 10:00am
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