My Dad passed away this past Sunday. This is his obituary as it appeared in the local paper.
"James E. Stout, born July 6, 1931, was released into Heavenly Peace while at home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, April 3, 2011. In 1949, Jim graduated from Central Catholic High School and married his teenage sweetheart, Maryann Dresch, a marriage which lasted 60 years and produced eight children who survive, Linda (Denny) Stout-Hughson, Jeanne (Tom) Nadolny, James A. (Deborah), Angela (Dave) Terbrack, Rebecca Kaczmarek, David (Angie), Margaret (Frank) Sotet and Daniel. Jim was "Papa" to numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Mike.
Jim was proud of his 46 year employment at the Toledo Blade, beginning as a mailer and later as an administrator of the Toledo Newspaper Unions - Blade Welfare and Pension Trust. An avid chess player, Jim wrote the chess column for the Blade for several years. Jim was an active member of St. Jude Parish. Jim and Maryann enjoyed hosting gourmet dinner parties and attending wine tasting events. His favorite place to enjoy the company of family and friends was his cabin at Patton Lake in Canada. He also loved fishing trips on Lake Erie with good friend, Doug St. John. Jim will be remembered as a true gentleman, and for his wit and gift for storytelling. Above all, Jim's life was defined as a loving husband to Maryann.
A Memorial Mass will be held at Corpus Christi University Parish on Friday, April 8, at 11:00 a.m. The family would like to thank Jim's nurse, Megan Demeter, and all the care givers of Hospice of Northwest Ohio, and Christian Homecare. Tributes can be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio in lieu of flowers. "