Thursday, April 7, 2022

Obituary - Stephen Scott Collier

Celebration of life services for Scott Collier of Adrian, Missouri will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2022 at Adrian United Methodist Church in Adrian, Missouri under the direction of Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. 

Visitation prior to services 9 - 11 a.m. at the Adrian United Methodist Church. Inurnment at a later date in Salem Cemetery, Foster, Missouri. Contributions in lieu of flowers to Scott Collier Livestock Memorial to help promote animal showmanship in Bates County. Online condolences

Stephen Scott Collier, age 50 of Adrian, Missouri died Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at his home. He was born November 15, 1971 to Stephen Cole and Sharron Kaye Shrum Collier in Nevada, Missouri.

Scott, the youngest of three children, spent the majority of his life as a resident of Foster, Mo. He was a 1990 graduate of Rich Hill. On March 18, 1995 Scott married Kirsten Leigh Gutshall. Over 27 years of marriage, they had two children, Stephen Bailey and Kameran Leigh. Together they spent countless weekends sharing one of Scott’s greatest passions, showing livestock.

From an early age Scott was heavily involved with livestock, especially Shorthorn cattle. In addition to winning awards throughout the country, he also earned his State FFA and American Farmer degrees. From high school he went on to join the Livestock Judging team at Fort Scott Community College, the same team Kameran now competes with. Later in life his passion went from showing animals to working with his kids’ animals teaching them the tricks of the trade. Their annual vacations typically turned into “Showcations” as they’d travel throughout the Midwest to show Shorthorns. From there they found an extended family through the livestock showing community.

Professionally, Scott was a heavy equipment operator for Great Plains Drilling for 22 years and a member of the Operators Union Local 101. He could proudly show you which buildings and parking garages in Kansas City he had drilled piers for along with sharing a few stories to go with each.

Scott’s journey changed in January 2016 when he suffered a massive stroke. Over the following years, he persevered attending physical therapy, while also winning over the therapists with his wit and charm.

He took on an additional role in the last year as “Papa Scooter” for his granddaughter Avery Jane. When family members would comment how much they looked alike he’d just smile and say “It’s a curse.”

Scott was the guy you could always count on. Whether it was a broken waterline or help with a stranded vehicle, he’d show up with a smile on his face. In addition to cows, he was a lover of all animals, especially his sidekick Rolly.

Scott is survived by his wife, Kirsten of the home, son Bailey (Josie) of Archie, daughter Kameran of the home, parents Steve and Kaye of Hume, sisters Pam Hammett (John) of Foster and Sheryl Austin (Dave) of Hume, granddaughter Avery Jane Collier, mother-in-law Bonnie Gutshall of Adrian, sisters-in-law Kim Young and Kelly Reichert both of Adrian, brother-in-law Kent Gutshall (Charlotte) of Adrian, a host of nieces and nephews and his extended livestock showing and shorthorn families. He’s preceded in death by his grandparents Stephen “Dow” and Aileen Collier, Ralph and Melba Shrum and father-in-law Clyde “Dub” Gutshall.

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