Eugene Edward Stout, 89, of 18510 Orchard Hills Parkway, Hagerstown, Md., passed away March 26, 2012, at his home.
Born Nov. 17, 1922, in Berwick, Pa., he was the son of the late Paul Stout and Pearl Avery Stout.
He was a graduate of Berwick High School, Class of ’41, in Berwick.
He was a Purple Heart veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, Company I, 262nd Infantry, 66th Division. He was a survivor of the sinking of the S.S. Leopoldville on Dec. 24, 1944, en route to the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the American Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.
Gene was employed with American Car and Foundry Co. in Berwick, from 1942 to 1962. He later was employed with Mack Trucks Inc. as an engineering administrative coordinator, retiring in 1986 as technical librarian.
He was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, Crossroads Sunday School class and Suburban Kiwanis. Eugene and his wife, Grace, were avid RV enthusiasts, traveling and visiting all states in the continental U.S. and Canadian provinces.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Grace Bredbenner Stout of Hagerstown; daughters, Diane S. Hykes and husband, David, of Waynesboro, Pa., and Gail D. Blacker and husband, Mark, of Catonsville, Md.; grandson, Peter T. Laird of Denver; granddaughter, Amanda S. Davis of Hagerstown; great-grandson, Corey Gene Laird of Denver; and sisters, Mila M. Bove, Christine Seward and Nora Lewis, all of Pennsylvania.
He was preceded in death by a son, Bruce P. Stout, and brothers, Albert, Raymond and Clifford Stout.
Memorial services will be Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Otterbein United Methodist Church, 108 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Dr. Stephen D. Robison officiating.
Interment will be private.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com.