He was born March 28, 1930 to Charles E. and Florence Howald Trout, in Brazil. He attended grade school at Wools Elementary School on S. Waterworks Rd., moving to Staunton Elementary in the sixth grade. He graduated from Staunton High School in 1948. He worked summers on sections gang for the railroad during high school and at Arktex Clay Factory and the old Libby tomato factory after graduation.
Mr. Trout attended Indiana State College for one year and in 1951 joined the Army and served until July 1953 in Korea. He received an honorable discharge. Later he received a special medal from the Korean government thanking all American soldiers for coming to Korea's aid.
In 1954, he met and married Marilyn Weaver, who survives him. He joined IBM in 1954 and retired in 1987. He attended the First Baptist Church of Brazil. He was past master of Masonic Lodge 264, Brazil Eastern Star 80, belonged to the American Legion Post 2 and the V.F.W. Post 1127.
He was an avid gardener with a very green thumb, an artist and loved working in his wood shop. His most enjoyable job was looking out for and taking care of all his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Darlene Shepard of Brazil, Phyllis Emmert and husband Todd of Dover Air Force Base, Del.; sons Carl Trout and wife Kathy of Brazil, David Trout and wife Angie of Indianapolis and Jerry Shepard of Brazil; 11 grandchildren, Jacob Shepard and wife Mandy, Samantha Biddle and husband B.J., Laura Shepard, Lindsay Trout, Elizabeth Terril and husband John, Emily Trout, Amy Cleveland, all of Brazil, Chrystal Emmert, of Washington, D.C., Kaylee Trout, Brooklee Trout, both of Indianapolis, Kevin Cleveland of Austin, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Damon Shephard, Callie Shepard, A.C. Head and Ellee Biddle, all of Brazil; sister Bertha Mae Trout of Brazil; brother Larry Trout and wife Sondra of Brazil; sisters-in-law Rosalyn Bellamy of Batavia, Ohio, Linda Williams and husband Michael of Loveland, Ohio and Charlene Mattox and husband Richard of Rosedale; as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Marshall Lee Trout.
Services will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel and Crematory Friday at 1 p.m. with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery with military graveside services provided by members of the V.F.W. Post 1127, American Legion Post 2 as well as United States Army.
Calling will be at the funeral home Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. with Masonic Memorial Services at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association in his memory. Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in his memory.