R. Scott Reilly, 73, of 361 Harrison Street in Marquette, entered eternal life on Monday, March 26, 2018, at UP Health System – Marquette, surrounded by his loving family, following a massive heart attack.
Scott was born on September 29, 1944, in Marquette to Robert E. (Bob) Reilly and Margaret Z. (Miller) Reilly, both teachers who, in 1954, moved the family to Elk Rapids. Scott was a 1962 graduate of Elk Rapids High School. After high school he attended Northern Michigan University, and later the Northern Michigan School of Banking. Scott also joined the Michigan Army National Guard, where he proudly served from 1964 to 1970. Scott met and married his wife Dee (Keelean) Reilly in 1970, and together they had two sons, Patrick and Marc. In 1966, he began a 40-year career in community banking. Scott worked his way up from Loan Officer to Branch Manager of Union National Bank in Marquette, which then became First of America and National City, where he was Community Bank President. In 1999, he moved to First National Bank of Negaunee, now known as Range Bank, N.A. Scott was Executive Vice-President and then Chief Operating Officer of Range Bank until his “official”ù retirement in 2008. Scott continued to work for Range Bank until his death as a consultant on facilities and special projects. Throughout his career, Scott served the community in leadership roles on numerous boards and committees, from the Boy Scouts to the Marquette Economic Club, to the Marquette Area Chamber of Commerce, Marquette Community Foundation, Lake States Bank Administration Institute (BAI), and the American Legion Post 44.
Scott was a modest and kind person, who always put his family before himself. While his boys were growing, he made time to go to their football games, basketball games, band concerts, and choir programs. Scott cared for his parents, Bob and Margaret, when they returned to Marquette in 2008 by visiting them daily and attending to their needs. Scott was also an active grandparent to his four grandsons, ages 12 through 4, whom he saw and cared for almost weekly since birth. Above all, he cared for his wife, Dee, by seeing that she was comfortable and content, always making her a hot cup of coffee every morning to start the day.
Scott was also known as a supportive and trusted colleague and friend. During his long banking career in Negaunee and Marquette, he mentored and supervised many who have become leaders in their field. Scott’s colleagues at Range Bank, where he worked the final 19 years of his career, noted: “He will be remembered as a fun, kind, and thoughtful man; always making you feel like you were an important part of the team. Without Scott and his leadership, many of us would not be where we are today.”
In recent years, Scott developed a love of genealogy. He delighted in tracing his roots back to Scotland and Ireland by poring over census data, baptism, birth, and death records, ship manifests, photos, and other records. Last summer his hobby culminated in the trip of a lifetime to Ireland, where he was able to trace the footsteps of the ancestors he had come to know through his research.
Scott is survived by his wife of 47 years, Dee Reilly, his sons Patrick (Laura) Reilly and Marc (Jodi) Reilly, his grandsons Michael, Matthew, Keelean, and Jameson Reilly, all of Marquette; his brother Jim (Darleen) Reilly of Kalkaska; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many close friends.
Scott was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Margaret Reilly, and his brother, Bill Reilly.
The family would like to express its heartfelt appreciation for the caring nurses, doctors, and staff at UP Health System – Marquette. In lieu of flowers, and in the spirit of quiet service for which Scott will be remembered, those wishing to make a memorial donation are asked to consider a charity of their choice.
Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home in Marquette is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday, April 3, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home at 6:00 p.m., officiated by Rev. Greg Heikkala. Condolences may be expressed online at www. swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com.
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