- Published: June 23, 2011
Andrew Scott (Kelso) Hevelin, formerly of Yellow Springs, died June 6 at his home in West Liberty, Ohio. He was 64.
Scott was born in Springfield on Oct. 22, 1946, to Elsie Owen Hevelin and Robert Lee Kelso. Scott attended Antioch Nursery, one of the first nursery schools in the country, before moving with his family to Cincinnati, Fort Wayne, Scotia, N.Y. and West Galway, N.Y.
After graduating from Jefferson High School in Dayton, he married Mirja Lisa Taipole, a foreign exchange student from Finland, and then volunteered for the war in Vietnam because, he said, “Somebody has to go and I won’t mind as much as John will.” His brother, John, was a conscientious objector who served his time in a hospital for the mentally ill. Scott’s battalion served in Vietnam, Hue, Camp Evans, Ashau Valley and Cambodia, and was briefly in Da Nang. Scott was twice awarded the Bronze Star for valor, and came home without losing a single man under his direct command.
After Scott returned from Vietnam, he and Mima divorced. Scott attended Miami University and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English. He wanted to write, but found that writers need something to write about, and his major experience so far had been Vietnam. He married his second wife, Jan, and they had a daughter, Sarah Aileen. Scott worked at Ranco/Invensys near Plain City for 25 years in international sales and marketing. After his marriage with Jan ended, Scott met and married Bobbie Kramer.
Among Scott’s hobbies were gunsmithing, knife-making, playing pool, reading and being a “life teacher.” Scott was an outstanding father.
Scott is survived by his wife, Bobbie; daughter Sarah and her husband Darius of Kettering; mother Elsie Hevelin of Yellow Springs; stepfather Rusty Hevelin of Dayton; brothers John, Bruce and Will Hevelin of California and a host of relatives and friends.