Scott E. McAllister
Scott E. McAllister, 62, of Mount Pleasant, passed away quietly on Saturday, June 23, 2018, from health issues he had fought for several years. He was born Feb. 1, 1956, in Mount Pleasant, to Dan and Bette Fleenor McAllister. Scott graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1974 and was a member of the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church. He worked in the seed business and on the family farms all of his life. He enjoyed raising cattle and farming with his dad.
In 1977, he started working in his father's business as a salesman. He bought the Miner Seed House in Fairfield in 1979 and became production manager for Mount Pleasant and Fairfield. Under his leadership, McAllister Seed Co. became the first to introduce semi-dwarf soybeans, cyst nematode-resistant soybeans and STS and glyphosate-resistant soybeans in the tri-state area. He became general manager in 1986.
Scott served as a director on various boards, including the Iowa Soybean Association, the Associated Hybrid Producers, the Soybean Research Foundation, Iowa Certified Seed Association and Independent Professional Seedmen. He also served on several committees of the Iowa Seed Association and the American Seed Trade Association. He won both corn and soybean yield contests in Henry County and was the tri-state top seed producer for Garst Seed Co. in 1989. His father sold McAllister Seed Co. and retired in 1988. Scott started his own seed company in 1991, dedicating the majority of his time to building that company.
He loved tractor pulling and successfully campaigned modified tractors in the '70s and '80s, pulling three times in the "Big One" in Louisville, Ky. He was a director on the board of the Iowa Tractor Puller's Association, eventually becoming president. He was a delegate to the board of the National Tractor Pulling Association and was instrumental in organizing the Skunk River Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.
Scott started late model dirt track racing and put together his own team in 2000. That team went on to win two track championships and the Deery Brothers Summer Series. He enjoyed attending shows and sales with Bob Gabeline and Dennis Polk.
Due to increasing health problems, he retired in 2012.
He was preceded in death by his beloved parents and grandparents.
He is survived by his brother, Rande (Dixie) of Mount Pleasant; sister, Teresa of Naples, Fla.; and a multitude of friends all over the United States.
Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Elliott Chapel, New London, with Mr. Dick Swartzendruber officiating. Burial will be at Forest Home Cemetery, Mount Pleasant. Visitation will begin at noon Thursday at the chapel, with the family present to receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Memorials have been established for 4-H Clubs of Henry County and Great River Tractor Pulling Association. Online condolences may be left at www.elliottfuneralchapel.com.