He was known as ‘Grumpy Al’ by most and ‘Big Al’ by some. He is preceded in death by his father Alexander and mother Helen (Kuehn) Schott and his youngest brother Daniel. He is survived by his wife Susan L. Schott (Hete) of thirty-eight years, his children Desiree L. Fillner (Matt) and Craig S. Becker; his grandchildren: Jacob Fillner, Brandon Thurber, Jordan Fillner, and Craig Jr. (CJ); great grandchildren: Emily Rose and Greyson James Chase; his older brother Gary (Bernadette) and younger sister Roann (Paddy); along with several nephews and nieces.
Al grew up in the Glendive, Circle, Terry, and Sydney areas of Montana. When he was young he served with the Army 101st Airborne Division. After time he went on to work the oil fields, railroad, go over the road trucking, he owned a sewer service for ten years, and for the past twenty-nine years hauled mud for Schaff Concrete and Construction, Inc. Al loved to move dirt, build and tear down and rebuild, as well as driving his neighbors’ crazy regarding the private road and certain railroad ties. As a friend said, ‘oh God has his hands full now’!
Al you will be so missed by your family, friends, dogs, and the neighbors! This time Al your heart won as there were no further fixes to be had. He was at home with hospice and the dogs and I were with him when he took his last breath. His journey was peaceful. He was my husband, confidante, and companion of forty-two years. There are no regrets and I am at peace. His memory is my treasure. ‘Big Al’ has now entered the ‘Big Sky’. ‘I love you Al’ signed Sue.
A private family celebration will be held at his home. His ashes will be scattered by his windmill.