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    I am saddened to inform everyone that Scott passed away on Thursday August 22 2019.
    My condolences to his family and friends.
    Scott was the owner of Deluxe Autowerks in West Chicago.
    A lifelong supporter of Studebakers and Pierce Arrow cars.
    This will be a huge impact on our Black Hawk Chapter.
    Scott restored and maintained many of our cars and will be sorely missed.

  • #2
    Originally posted by rkapteyn View Post
    I am saddened to inform everyone that Scott passed away on Thursday August 22 2019.
    My condolences to his family and friends.
    Scott was the owner of Deluxe Autowerks in West Chicago.
    A lifelong supporter of Studebakers and Pierce Arrow cars.
    This will be a huge impact on our Black Hawk Chapter.
    Scott restored and maintained many of our cars and will be sorely missed.
    So true, Bob; so true. Scott was a fine fellow.

    RIP, Scott. BP
    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

    Ayn Rand:
    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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    • #3
      Not only has the Studebaker community lost a huge resource, I have lost a great friend. I stopped by Scott's shop this past June, and just talked to him a couple of weeks ago. Scott's shop. Deluxe Auto Werks, has restored and worked on hundreds of cars, but Scott's vast knowledge of Studebakers made him the "go-to" source for many. Scott's family had a number of Studes through the years, and I think her personally had over half a dozen.
      I lost a true friend. Rest in Peace, my friend.
      Eric DeRosa

      \'49 2R-5 (original Survivor)
      \'63 R2 Lark (the money-pit-mobile)
      \'60 Lark Convertible (project in waiting)

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      • #4
        I am working on the Remembrance Project for SDC and need more information on Scott Stastny, ASAP as I am working against a deadline here. Any link to an online Obit would be helpful. I would also like some pictures if possible. You can contact me directly through my email for a faster link.
        T442163
        Crisitel@oit.Rutgers.edu

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 2R2 View Post
          Not only has the Studebaker community lost a huge resource, I have lost a great friend. I stopped by Scott's shop this past June, and just talked to him a couple of weeks ago. Scott's shop. Deluxe Auto Werks, has restored and worked on hundreds of cars, but Scott's vast knowledge of Studebakers made him the "go-to" source for many. Scott's family had a number of Studes through the years, and I think her personally had over half a dozen.
          I lost a true friend. Rest in Peace, my friend.
          Ditto here, Eric; thanks for the post; 'couldn't agree more.

          Eric: Can you find and post an Obituary for Scott? There has to be one locally in your area. I've tried several sources to no avail. Thanks. BP
          We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

          Ayn Rand:
          "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

          G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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          • #6
            Scott's brother Ed came to town for a few days, but left early Friday morning, 8/30, to prepare his home and things in Stuart Florida for hurricane Dorian.
            Ed went to the hospital and worked with funeral director and cemetery to make arrangements for cremation. Service and burial are not yet set, but will be in October.

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            • #7
              I sent Ed Stastny a text to post something when he can or let me know what to say.

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              • #8
                From Ed Stastny
                West Chicago. Il – William Scott Stastny, age 63, died unexpectedly in the early morning of August 22, 2019 after checking into the Central DuPage Hospital emergency room. Scott was born to Edwin & Gladys Stastny in May of 1956. His love of cars might have been sparked as he was transported home from the hospital in Edwin’s 1955 Studebaker Commander. From a very early time Scott showed an aptitude for anything mechanical by disassembling old lawn mower motors and such. Of course repairing / rebuilding automobiles really took hold in high school during a time when American iron ruled the roads. Even before he obtained a driver’s license he was practicing his craft on hand-me-down cars that his older brother Ed would use for transportation. While still in high school, Scott apprenticed at a local Chrysler / Plymouth dealership which lead to employment at a local auto parts store (Alpha Auto Parts). After moving into a position as an auto paint representative for PPG, he moved to West Chicago. Not entirely happy in the corporate world, he began to moonlight in the evenings at a local garage with a couple other locals (which would eventually include Ron Hall). At some point he came to the conclusion that he could make a living of the business, took over the building and created DeLuxe Auto Werks. Over the decades of sole proprietorship, through the many highs and lows of the business, Scott completed numerous award winning cars for many happy owners and was therefore a familiar face in numerous antique automobile club gatherings (Studebaker Drivers Club, Pierce Arrow Society, AACA, Packard Automobile Classics, & CCCA). He also had been active on many charity organization including Special Olympics.

                Scott’s other interests include various other restoration related activities of his turn of the century home and antique outboard motors. He also enjoyed the outdoors through camping, fishing, and gardening.

                He will be sorely missed by his many friends and brother.

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                • #9
                  Thanks, Frank; 'much appreciated. BP
                  We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                  Ayn Rand:
                  "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                  G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by FrankL View Post
                    From Ed Stastny
                    West Chicago. Il – William Scott Stastny, age 63, died unexpectedly in the early morning of August 22, 2019 after checking into the Central DuPage Hospital emergency room. Scott was born to Edwin & Gladys Stastny in May of 1956. His love of cars might have been sparked as he was transported home from the hospital in Edwin’s 1955 Studebaker Commander. From a very early time Scott showed an aptitude for anything mechanical by disassembling old lawn mower motors and such. Of course repairing / rebuilding automobiles really took hold in high school during a time when American iron ruled the roads. Even before he obtained a driver’s license he was practicing his craft on hand-me-down cars that his older brother Ed would use for transportation. While still in high school, Scott apprenticed at a local Chrysler / Plymouth dealership which lead to employment at a local auto parts store (Alpha Auto Parts). After moving into a position as an auto paint representative for PPG, he moved to West Chicago. Not entirely happy in the corporate world, he began to moonlight in the evenings at a local garage with a couple other locals (which would eventually include Ron Hall). At some point he came to the conclusion that he could make a living of the business, took over the building and created DeLuxe Auto Werks. Over the decades of sole proprietorship, through the many highs and lows of the business, Scott completed numerous award winning cars for many happy owners and was therefore a familiar face in numerous antique automobile club gatherings (Studebaker Drivers Club, Pierce Arrow Society, AACA, Packard Automobile Classics, & CCCA). He also had been active on many charity organization including Special Olympics.

                    Scott’s other interests include various other restoration related activities of his turn of the century home and antique outboard motors. He also enjoyed the outdoors through camping, fishing, and gardening.

                    He will be sorely missed by his many friends and brother.
                    Thanks Frank for posting this. Scott was a great guy I got to know through Ron Hall.
                    james r pepper

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                    • #11
                      Cards can be sent to
                      Ed Stastny
                      6259 SE Lake Circle Dr
                      Stuart, Fl 34997

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                      • #12
                        Memorial service for Scott is currently planned for Friday Oct 11 at Chapel Hill Cemetery (17W201 E Roosevelt Rd, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181).


                        Service will be in the same chapel we used 2 years ago for parent's memorial service. It's planned to start the service around ~1:00 PM then will follow with a meal at Alpine Banquet Haus (11141 W Roosevelt Rd, Westchester, IL 60154) for those who may be interested. There shouldn't be any seating issues over at the chapel but I need to get an approximate head count for the banquet house so let me know if you plan to attend.

                        Ed

                        Please contact me if you wish to be included in the luncheon count.
                        Frank Lillig 6306618362 flillig@aol.com

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