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Kenneth Keith Krout

Born: Wed., Sep. 19, 1934
Died: Thu., Mar. 31, 2016

Memorial Service

3:00 PM Fri., Apr. 08, 2016
Location: Whitesitt Funeral Home

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Stevensville  -  Kenneth K. Krout, 81, of Stevensville passed away on Thursday, March 31st at home.

He was born September 19, 1934 in Marcus Daly Hospital in Hamilton, MT as the 5th child of 7 to Rodney O. & Edith L. Krout. He lived in the Corvallis area for his first 7 years, and then the family moved to Stevensville where he continued his education. Ken graduated from Stevensville High School in 1953 after competing football, basketball, track & baseball. Ken was also the senior class president.

In 1950, he started a 4 year career with the US Forest Service as a lookout operator & firefighter on the Powell Ranger District in the Locksa County in Idaho. In February 1955, after being notified he was next on the draft list, he enlisted in the U.S. Army to be trained as a Combat Engineer. Training started at Fort Ord, CA and continued to Fort Carson, CO, Fort Leonardwood, MO, Fort Polk, LA & Fort Dix, N.J. He was deployed to Germany where he joined his unit, The 2nd Armored

{Hell on Wheels) division, 17th Armored Engineer Battalion at Bad Kreuznach & Dexheim, Germany. His training continued at the European Engineer School at Murnau, Germany, this 5 week course trained men on removing mines, booby traps & firing demolition charges on roads and bridges. Training continued at 7th Army NCO Academy (Little West Point) at Munich where upon graduation he was promoted to Sgt. (E-5). After that he set to work rebuilding the country of Germany from all the destruction & devastation that World War II caused in that country. In October 1958, the division was brought back to Fort Hood, Texas & was assigned as a Training Division for all armored personnel prior to their deployment overseas, so he became the Trainer instead of the Trainee. Ken trained the likes of Elvis Presley and others before they shipped off overseas. He was very proud of his military service and to have served his Country. Ken was honorably discharged in Sept. 1960 after 5 1/2 years. He returned to Missoula & worked for LS. Jensen Construction until Feb. 1962,when he applied for work at Waldorf Paper Product Mill, that night he was called to start unloading frozen chip cars and continued on at the Mill for 37 years. He transferred to the paper dept. for the next 17   years, learning the art of papermaking, then he transferred to become the Scheduling & Shipping Supervisor for the next 20 years, a  job he


truly loved, scheduling the machines of different grades & overseeing the shipments of the product to different customers throughout the USA, Canada, Japan & etc. He seen a lot of ownership changes and enjoyed the work at hand. He retired Jan. 1, 2000 and lived in the Ninemile area for the next 7 years, after a divorce he sold the property & moved back to the Bitterroot next to his oldest daughter's place in the Three Mile area.

In 1956, he married Marlene Jensen, they had 4 children.  He divorced Marlene in Jan. 1979 & married Cora Qualls in May 1979, they divorced in 2007.

He enjoyed his travel, seeing a lot of Europe during his military duty and later several trips to England & Scotland; 4 different cruises, 1 through the Panama Canal & several train trips around the US. He helped get Westside Little League started as a coach & building ball fields in Missoula for several years. He was a

M.O.A. official for 8 years, officiating basketball in Western Montana & was the VP at the Alberton Senior Center & President of the Stevensville Senior Center; programs he truly loved for the people and storytelling.

He liked his woodworking shop, garden & lawn care, maintaining that the grass was always greener on his side of the fence.

Survivors include his 4 children, Kevin Krout, Seattle, WA; Rory Krout, Seattle, WA; Carol (Larry) Neel of Stevensville & Teresa (Craig) Brown of Fredericksburg, VA.; brothers, Jack (Verna) Krout, Petaluma, CA; Robert (Lloyda) Krout, Florence, MT; sisters Helen Jefferies, Missoula, MT & Linda (Gary) Conley, Helena, MT. He was blessed with 6 grandchildren & 9 great grandchildren & many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his dad, Rodney 0. Krout; step-mother, Geneva Krout; mother Edith Hackman; step-father, Harvey Hackman; brothers Leonard Krout & William Krout.

There will be a memorial gathering to remember Ken's life on Friday, April 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm at Whitesitt Funeral Home with a reception to follow at Stevensville Senior Center. A private family interment will take place at the Western Montana Veterans Cemetery at later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stevensville Senior Center, 100 Mission Street, Stevensville, MT 59870

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Barbara J Tull Dehle
   Posted Sat April 02, 2016
Ken, you sure are missed, and will be forever. A great guy, classmate and friend.

Linda J. Orndorff
   Posted Mon April 04, 2016
I was saddened to hear the news of your father's passing. Even though I knew he was ill it is still heartbreaking to hear such news because we always have hope. My heart goes out to you, Teresa, and to everyone in your family.

Although the pain you must all endure cannot be comforted, his loss can never be replaced and his memory can never be cast away. I hope you all can find comfort in the caring of those who love you and those who loved your dad so very much. Death only separates us physically from our loved one but the spirit, joy that your dad brought to you all remains alive. It remains alive in the kind deeds he did, in the lessons he taught you growing up and as adults, and in his unconditional love.

I know how difficult this must be for you all and I do know that with time the pain does subside. It's been almost 13 years since my two and half old grandson passed away and just thinking of him can still bring tears to my eyes but then again, there are days that I look at his cute picture or think of his adorable smile or the fact that he never cried, out loud that is, and it brings a smile to my heart. I don't know if time heals all of our pain but it does ease it for sure.

An unknown author once said, "Those we hold closes to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they shared and the love they brought into our lives." Although your hearts are broken and it will be, oh so, difficult to think of this world without him, I hope knowing he is in heaven watching over you all and spreading joy and happiness throughout heaven, just as he did here comforts you and your family.

With love and sympathy,

Linda Orndorff

Lynn Jarnecki
   Posted Mon April 04, 2016
Teresa & family,
So sorry for your loss. Loosing a parent is never easy. Please know that he is at peace and living it up with his relatives that passed before him.
Steve & my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Jodi Horigan
   Posted Tue April 05, 2016
Teresa and family: Thankfully, his suffering is over. He led an immensely interesting life, had a large and supportive family, and many unique memories to share. His legacy survives in his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and his presence in all these lives have contributed to the people all of you are today. My thoughts are with you, Teresa, but prayers are for your whole family.

Terry Krout
   Posted Tue April 05, 2016
Sadly, I won't be attending the services, but I wanted to share a few favorite memories about Uncle Ken. My earliest memory of Uncle Ken was his visit to Peach St. in Novato, California with Great Grandma Osborne. His smile never changed. A few years later we floated a river in Germany on an air mattress, the mosquitos nearly ate us alive and every other stroke on the air mattress Uncle Ken would splash the bugs off of us. Every time he told the story it was with that great laugh. He'd look at his shoes, shake his head about things and then laugh out loud at the stories. The smile on his face year after year, just like the one you chose for the photo.

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