James Wm. "Bill" Trout, the son of the late James Ora and Dottie Mae Wright Trout, was born in Campbell Dec. 29, 1925, and passed away at the Forest Park Hospital in St. Louis Friday, June 24, 2005, at the age of 79.
Mr. Trout had lived in the Puxico area all of his life. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II, where he received a Purple Heart while fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He was also in the Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns. He received the American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Ribbon, with two bronze stars and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a retired farmer and his hobbies included gardening, fishing and playing with his grandchildren.
On Feb. 9, 1974, he was married to Jean Gunter Whitsel in Puxico.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Trout of Puxico; five sons, Billy Metcalf of Wappapello, Charles Ray Trout of Bloomfield, Randy Trout of St. Louis and Jim Trout and Dennis Trout, both of Puxico; two stepsons, Larry Whitsel of Puxico and Kent Whitsel of Black Forest, Colo.; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Earl Trout of Dexter; and four sisters, Mary Hicks of Cape Girardeau, Virginia Lambert of Dexter, Mavis Gray of Puxico and Opal Wilson of Arnold.
He was preceded in death by one stepson, Steve Whitsel; one brother, Beryl Trout; and three sisters, Leatrice Limbaugh, Irene Abernathy and Dora Lee Trout.
Visitation was held Monday at the Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Puxico. The funeral services were held at 10 a.m. today, Tuesday, June 28, 2005, at the Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Puxico with the Rev. Jim LaFerney of Puxico officiating.
Interment was in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield with full military honors conducted by the Stoddard County Veterans Honors Team.
Watkins and Sons Funeral Service of Puxico was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.watkinsfuneralhome.com.