Patrick Marion G. Scoggins, 91, of Grand Island died Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Tiffany Square.
Celebration of Life Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at All Faiths Funeral Home. Dan Naranjo will officiate. Burial will be in the Grand Island Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Memorials are suggested to Overland Trails Council-Boy Scouts of America.
Mr. Scoggins was born Feb. 20, 1928, in Aurora, the son of Archie L. and Sarah A. (Wright) Scoggins. Although his parents named him “Marion” after his paternal grandfather, within days of his birth, the elder Mr. Scoggins said that he preferred the name “Pat,” which became virtually the only name the younger Mr. Scoggins was known by throughout his life.
As a toddler, Mr. Scoggins moved with his family to Grand Island, where he grew to adulthood. He graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 1947. As a young man, he joined the First Congregational Church, where he began dating, and later married, the love of his life, Norma Mae Watson.
Mr. Scoggins worked in the plumbing trade throughout his life, obtaining his master’s level licensure in 1966. Over the years, he worked for Benson Plumbing, Herman Plumbing, and Ellington Plumbing companies. On May 29, 2019, the mayor of Grand Island issued a proclamation honoring Mr. Scoggins for more than 50 years of protecting the health and safety of the citizens of this city through his work as a master plumber.
Mr. Scoggins was active in the Boy Scouts program for more than a decade, serving as den leader for Webelos Pack 108 at Howard School and scoutmaster of Troop 116 at Trinity United Methodist Church. He also spent countless hours of his time doing volunteer work at both the First Congregational and the First Baptist churches, the latter of which he joined in 1976. At various times, he served as Sunday school superintendent, treasurer, trustee, and as president of the local men’s group. He assisted with maintenance and repair of the church building, sang in the choir, and contributed to worship services as a soloist. During his last year at Tiffany Square, he was known for singing to visitors and residents alike on a daily basis.
Mr. Scoggins enjoyed woodworking, home projects, gardening, bird-watching, camping, fishing, classic movies and playing cards.
Those remaining to cherish his memory include his children and their spouses, David and Kelsey Scoggins, Gaylene and John Brennan, and Donald Scoggins; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; a brother and his wife, William and Judy Scoggins; and his sister-in-law, Joan Scoggins and brother-in-law, Granville C. Lee Rollf.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; four sisters and two brothers.