William M. Stout Jr.
William “Bill” M. Stout Jr., 91, formerly of Emmaus, died June 27, 2018, in The Lutheran Home at Topton. He was the husband of the late Gertrude “Trudy” (Ettinger) Stout. Born on March 15, 1927, in Norristown, William was a son of the late William M. Sr., and Verda L. (Oelshlager) Stout.
After graduating from Mercersburg Academy in 1945, he entered military service in Korea with the U.S. Army armored tank division. After his dedicated service to his country, he completed his studies at Penn State University in 1952, graduating with two degrees; one in animal husbandry and the other in entomology.
He served in a variety of responsible positions in the dairy industry for nearly four decades. Chief among these was as executive vice president and general manager of Lehigh Valley Cooperative Farms. He oversaw the merger of Lehigh and Inter-State Milk Producers’ Cooperative, becoming the special projects manager of the new Atlantic Dairy Cooperative, from which he retired in 1989. He retired to his cherished farm in Coopersburg, which included his well-loved pets, a horse, a llama, two Newfoundland dogs and cats.
He is survived by his by his daughters Linda S. Rooney and her husband, David Ronk, Peggy L. Reed, Cindy L. Kubiet and her husband, Lewis and Judy A. Mauro, and her husband Fred; a sister Edith Hardy; a brother David; sister-in-law Katherine. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Derek, David, Aaron, Michael, Christina and Rachel and four great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Walter, his sister and brother-in-law Dorothy and James Poust, and brother-in-law Charles “Ray” Hardy.
Contributions may be made in memory of him to the Alzheimer’s Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, 19106.
Arrangements were made by Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Topton.