Melvin E Stout
Posted By: Pat Frette (email)
Date: 1/15/2009 at 10:55:09
Melvin E. Stout, age 95, of Des Moines, and formerly of Boone, passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2008, at the V.A. Medical Center in Des Moines. His body was cremated and a family service and burial of his cremains will be in the Linwood Park Cemetery at a later date.
Melvin was born March 30, 1913, in Boone the son of Perry and Annabelle (Short) Stout. He graduated from Boone High School in 1930 and worked at Boone Mercantile Grocery as a clerk and bookkeeper. In December of 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army and after training, was assigned to Co. A, 82nd Armored Reconnaissance Battalion under the command of Gen. George S. Patton in North Africa. After North Africa, he went through Sicily, Italy, then to D-Day, landing in Normandy and on through Central Europe including the Battle of the Bulge and the Ardennes. His battalion then proceeded into Germany, where they participated in the liberation of many German Prison Camps containing U.S. POW's. Honorably discharged in October of 1945, he was awarded the EAME Theater Ribbon W/6 Bronze Stars, Distinguished Unit Badge, Good Conduct Medal and the Belgium Fourragere for bravery. He returned to Boone and then made his home in Des Moines, becoming a successful self-employed contract painter. He retired in 1993 at the age of 80, enjoying 15 years of relaxing and being very active up to the last few weeks of his life. He loved to read, listen to music, and watch television. Melvin was very creative.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Nell, Fern, and Eva, and three brothers Orville, Clarence, and Roy. He is survived by two nephews and wives; Larry and Sue Ohge of Boone and John and Delores Ohge of Livermore.
Schroeder Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences and a guestbook are available at www.schroedermemorialchapel.com.
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