R. Scott Somerlade

April 05, 1973 ‒ May 22, 2020

Howard, Ohio

Scott Somerlade, age 47, of Howard passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 22, 2020 at the Knox Community Hospital.

He was born on April 5, 1973 in Ashland, Ohio to Robert and Naomi (Whitmore) Somerlade.  Scott was a licensed Massage Therapist for over 27 years and has worked the last 12 years at Swetlic Chiropractic.  He loved massage therapy and was always educating people on how it could make their lives better.  Scott also considered himself a “Fur-Daddy”.  He and his wife Heather, for over 6 years, have been heavily involved with Animal Rescue.  Scott also enjoyed Marvel Comics, Harry Potter, Star Wars, boating at Apple Valley and being the “Fun Uncle” to his 4 nieces.  He was always giving of himself and lived his life helping others and that did not stop upon his death.  Scott gave the “Gift of Life” by being an organ and tissue donor.  He never met a stranger and always had a smile on his face and a positive attitude.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, of over 21 years, Heather (Boyce) Somerlade; his parents, Robert and Naomi Somerlade; his sister Tonja (Roger) Briggs; his mother in law Thella Boyce;  the second half of the “Fab 4”, Amy (Steve) Stover; his cousins who were like brothers, Corey and Lonney Moore; four nieces, Kaylea Cohran, Koryna Briggs, Emily Stover, Paige Stover; and his canine and feline companions, Mr. Bigg, Pixie, Izzie, Buddy, Gigi, Sally, Watson, Bernie, Lexie and Bubba.

Scott was preceded in death by his father in law Don Boyce and his cousin Mark Grassman.

Friends may call on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from 5-7PM at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home.  A private family funeral service will be streamed online on the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Homes’ Facebook Page beginning at 11AM on Thursday.   A public graveside service will be held on Thursday, beginning at 12:30PM, in Amity Cemetery, with Rev. Eric Abel officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to:  Gentle Jake’s Coonhound Rescue. www.coonhoundrescue.ca

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  • Dear Heather (and extended family) – I was stunned and deeply saddened to learn of Scott’s passing. I feel sure that his legacy of loving and caring for God’s 4-legged creations on this earth, mean that he was greeted in Heaven by wagging tails and welcoming love. Heaven’s gain is our earth’s loss. Hugs and love to you Heather as you are in the midst of unimaginable loss. Scott will forever be in your heart and with you.

  • Heather I cannot fathom this loss for you and Scott’s family. Though it has been years since I have seen him I remember him fondly from HS. He was so kind and generous then and I was absolutely shook to read of his passing. I hold you close in prayer and thank God for all those he were impacted by him while he was here. A kinder gentler soul I have never met.

  • I was shocked to hear of his passing. Heather my heart breaks for such a loss. We will keep you in our prayers.
    Much love
    Lori Wicker
    Amanda Gibson and families

  • My deepest condolences to you Heather and the entire family. A life cut short but in that moment, was still prepared to save another with his donation of life.
    God truly gained another angel.
    Continued prayers for you, the family and the fur kids.

  • I never met Scott. But, I want to say how sad I am for his family. It is clear that the world be be a lesser place because we lost “one of the good ones”. The animals are so grateful for his love and care.

  • It is hard to believe he is now in the presence of Jesus, worshiping God in person. I have many wonderful memories of visiting my cousin when I was younger. I pray that his family has the peace that only God can provide in these difficult circumstances.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. We had the pleasure of getting to know Scott through his work at Dr. Swetlics office with our daughter Kristin.He always had a smile on his face, and a funny story to tell. It got to be that he would just call me Mom even though we are about the same age:). Keeping all of you in thoughts & prayers♡
    Tim & Becky Miller

    Heather even though we never got the pleasure of personally meeting you, I feel like I know you. Scott spoke of you quite often and your many adventures together. You will always be the Love of his life❤

  • Heather, I’m so sorry for your loss. I knew Scott from Dr Swetlic’s office. So kind and full of laughter.. loved our talks of Apple Valley and of our fur babies.. I know he loved his job and was a good massage therapist.. he helped me out many times. Prayers for strength at this difficult time. He will be missed by sooo many.
    Cordi Williams

  • He will be so missed. He was a very good friend . His family helped out with one of are dog. Love and thoughts and prayers to you family.

  • So very sorry for your loss. My husband Gary passed away in September 2019, he really enjoyed his sessions with Scott . Scott always made Gary feel better !! Prayers to all of the family.

  • Heather, I am so so sorry for your loss. It is always such a shock when they are so young. My prayers to you for comfort. I’m one of your dads cousin from Boone NC.

  • I am sorry sorry for your loss as a member of the dog rescuing family who drives the Canadian side of the run, thank you for all that you did for our fur babies. May you walk a wooded path surrounded by fur babies in heaven.
    Debbie Milne

  • Thought and prayers to you and your family. He always had a smile on his face and made you laugh. He made therapy so much easier.

  • Bob, we are so sorry to hear about your loss. Scott will be missed by family and friends. We are a phone call away if we can help you or Heather in your time of need.

  • I was devastated to learn of Scott’s passing 😢 Scott has been my massage therapist at Dr. Swetlic for the years he’s been there, he was like a special friend. My sympathies to his wife and family and to Dr.Swetlics office family. Prayers for all of you ! 🙏

  • This news is unbelievable to me. I pray that God will wrap His arms of comfort around all who knew him. I’ve never seen Scott without a smile on his face-joy personified. Thank you Heather for bringing him so much happiness and for being a loving wife. It brings me comfort to know that he is in the presence of the Almighty and that we will see him again one day.

  • It is shocking to hear that Scott has passed. I met him in Ashland when he worked with Dr. Emser. Then years later at Swetlic. He was a brilliant young man. His love for Heather and their pets was incredible. He helped me considerably not only with back pain but also with discussions about pets and rescues. He will be missed!

  • A terrible loss for those of us still on earth, yet a great gain in Heaven. May Heather and Scott’s family have peace knowing many prayer warriors are lifting them in prayer requesting comfort. Take joy in knowing we will see him again and he has been received into loving arms of our great God, with a “job well done.” No greater legacy than one that has encouraged the rest of us to continue to love others well. Welcome home, our sweet Scotty.

  • Scott did great massages on my neck last fall and it was shocking to read of his passing. My sympathy to his loved ones.

  • Heather along with the rest of the family you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love and prayers to help with your loss .

  • I was shocked to hear that Scott had past away. I met him at Dr. Swetlic’s office. He was always smiling and wS very professional at his job. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Bob and Naomi, We are so shocked and saddened by the loss of Scott. It’s been so many years since we saw him last but we still remember what a good kid he was and good friend to Jason. You have our deepest condolences. May God bless you and your family. Tim and Peg

  • I’m so sorry to Heather and Scott’s family and to his Fur-Family who will no doubt miss his presence.
    He did so much for the animal community and he will be sadly missed.
    Prayers to you Heather and his family. I hope God puts his arms around you and brings you some sort of peace in this sad time.

  • I’m I so sorry to hear of this devastating news. All my love to you Heather and family.
    I so loved listening to Scott’s stories about Pixie. She was a scream and so was Scott. I always delighted in his stories and the humor in which he told them. Oh and the videos demonstrating your products Heather. He’s so caring kind generous and funny. He will be sorely missed. 😞 and never forgotten. He’ll always be with you. ❤️

  • My deepest condolence’s to the Somerlade family on the sudden lose of there son, husband, brother and uncle.

  • I am just stunned to hear of Scott’s death – please know that you (Heather) and family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Heather, might I add that Scott was my message therapist at Dr Swetlics office and would like to say that you, you’re fur babies and your trips together were his favorite topics.
    Am so very very sorry for your loss and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!


  • Bob and Naomi,

    My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you. I haven’t seen Scott for a number of years but recall that he was such a kind and giving person.

  • My friend Scott. We had great heartfelt laughs, great fun, great talks, and wonderful memories. From the first day I had met you and said, “I’m short too”, I knew we would have a great friendship. God doesn’t make friends much better than you, well your parents helped. Thank you for letting me be a chapter in your life story.
    It’s so hard when everyone’s world keeps on turning but yours has come to a complete stop. Never stop talking about his awesomeness because that’s how the heart heals and the memories stay alive and well. Lots of love.

  • Bob, Naomi and family, While I remember Scot in his boyhood, growing up next door… I was so moved by the wonderful video of his incredible journey with family and loved ones! His countenance expressed his love for life and providing joy and presence for others.
    Thoughts and prayers for your whole family. TerryEmick-Selemani

  • I stil can’t believe that Scott has passed. I never met him in person but have felt like I’ve known he and Heather for years through the rescue community. These two have had such a loving relationship and a life full of giving and caring, as well as humour like no others. I can’t count how many times I’ve followed their antics and their stories about Camp Somerlade, both happy and sad. It seems so wrong that someone so young, who is so loved and who made the world a better place, could be taken way with his life story seemingly still being written.
    Heather, I can tell you that the two of you have entertained and inspired so many people; probably more than you could ever know. I have no words but can only imagine what you’re going through. So many people are thinking of you and wishing they could do anything to help. There are so many loving arms wrapped around you. Remember that you were a part of each other and in that sense he lives on. He will be with you forever. Smiling in almost every photo, he will be remembered. To the rest of his loved ones, I’m so very sorry and sending love and light as you all try to recover from this tragedy. Most sincere sympathy to all who are grieving today.

  • Sorry for your loss Heather & family!! Sending (((Hugs))) & Prayers!! I never met him personally, but by posts & videos on Facebook. He was so funny, caring & had a great personality. I loved seeing the posts with him & their Fur-Babies!! Heather, keep you in my thoughts & prayers!

  • I’m so Sorry to hear about Scott…. I’m so shocked…I meet him at Swetlic office, and what A Great Guy…We had the love For Animals in common. ..We would Talk about our Babies….He will Be Miss !

  • Heather I am so sorry for your loss. Know that we are all here for you. Just reach out and let us know what you need.

    Eternal rest grant unto Scott, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon Scott. May they rest in peace. … We pray for those who have passed away and call on God’s love and mercy to grant them rest and eternal happiness with Him in Heaven.

  • I am so saddened and sorry. Every time, everywhere, Scott brought so much light, laughter and joy to those around him. I always felt so fortunate to have such a friend to grow up with. My sincerest apologies, thoughts and prayers are with you Heather, Bob, Naomi, Tonya.

  • So sorry for your loss! This news was so shocking and breaks my heart. I remember growing up next-door to Scott and Tonya. Good memories! May you have peace and comfort in this time of great May you have peace and comfort in this time of great sorrow for your family.sorrow for your family.

  • Dear family of Scott,
    I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin & son in law.
    He was a very special person & will be missed by so many.
    I met him through his work at Swetlic Chiropractic & always enjoyed talking to him & experiencing his magic hands & fingers. I always told him to make it hurt so good.
    I cannot imagine the pain you are in but please know he was loved by many & will be greatly missed by all of us.
    Sending prayers for Angel’s of Comfort to surround all of you at this most difficult time.
    Condolences, Jan Fowler

  • To the Family of Scott I am so very sorry for your loss Scott was a kind soul always have a smile on his face when I would go in to Sweatlics office we would joke around may God wrap his loving arms and help you threw this difficult time I know he is with the angels watching over you all God Bless Greg and Connie Quick

  • So sorry Heather to hear of Scott’s passing. I know how hard that is since my own husband passed away suddenly 4/16/2020. My prayers are that God will comfort and sustain you and surround you with friends and family. Scott was always a special son of some very special parents.