ESTERO, Fla. — William Edward “Bill” Stout died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at JoAnne’s Hospice House in Estero, Fla.
Mr. Stout was born Sunday, Dec. 2, 1928, to Loyal and Marie (Sly) Stout in Lakewood, Ohio. He grew up in Norwalk and Zanesville, graduating from Zanesville High School with the class of 1948.
In 1965, Mr. Stout joined Rockwell International (Axle Plant Division) in Heath, where he worked for 24 years, retiring in May 1989. He was a member of the United Auto Workers Union.
On Saturday, June 4, 1949, Bill wed the love of his life, the former Mary Rarick at St. John Lutheran Church in Zanesville. He was a devoted husband and father to their four children. Family was the centerpiece of his life. Bill “never met a stranger” and always had a warm smile, a helping hand, or a friendly wave for everyone he met.
Bill and Mary retired to Estero, Fla., in 1989, where they lived in Corkscrew Woodlands (Ground Dove Circle) for 24 years. He also enjoyed traveling up with Mary to Mount Vernon and surrounding areas in Ohio each summer to see children and grandchildren, and made special trips to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Mr. Stout was predeceased by his parents; daughter, Barbara (1953); and son, Mark (1992).
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary; daughters, Nancy (Patrick) Ault of Douglasville, Ga., Susan (Michael) Finneran of Mount Vernon; an aunt, Vivian Haynes of Norwalk; sister, Christine (Bob) Wolfe of Zanesville; brother, Jack (Karen) Stout of Beaver Creek; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many dear friends.
A private graveside memorial service will be held for the family at Blendon Cemetery in Westerville, on Friday, Aug. 30.
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