PUXICO - James Wm. "Bill" Trout, 79, died June 24, 2005, at the Forest Park Hospital in St. Louis.
Born Dec. 29, 1925, in Campbell, son of the late James Ora and Dottie Mae Wright Trout, he had lived in the Puxico area all his life and was a retired farmer. A veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II who received a Purple Heart from the Battle of the Bulge, he was also in the Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns. He received the American Theater Ribbon and European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with two bronze stars and the World War II Victory Medal.
On Feb. 9, 1974, in Puxico, he married Jean Gunter Whitsel who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: five sons, Billy Metcalf of Wappapello, Charles Ray Trout of Bloomfield, Randy Trout of St. Louis, and Jim Trout and Dennis Trout of Puxico; two stepsons, Larry Whitsel of Puxico and Kent Whitsel of Black Forest, Colo.; one brother, Earl Trout of Dexter; four sisters, Mary Hicks of Cape Girardeau, Virginia Lambert of Dexter, Mavis Gray of Puxico and Opal Watson of Arnold; and 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
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 will be after 6 p.m. today at the Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Puxico where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Jim LaFerney of Puxico will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield with full military honors conducted by the Stoddard County Veterans Honor Team.