CRYSTAL LAKE – William (Bill) Stuart Strout Jr., formally of Crystal Lake and Lake in the Hills, passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at home, surrounded by his loving family. He bravely lost his battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. |
Bill was born in Bloomington, Ind., on Oct. 29, 1942. He just celebrated 70 years. Bill graduated from Central High School in Crystal Lake and Northern Illinois University. He was in the Marine Reserves. Bill was in commercial insurance sales for 30-plus years with Assurance Agency as principal and partner. His accomplished career at Assurance Agency created many close friendships with associates and clients. Among his many passions, Bill enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, golfing, fishing and watching Chicago sports. Bill was a devoted son and brother, loving husband, and very proud father, grandfather and uncle. He also was a wonderful and encouraging friend.
Family and friends meant the world to Bill as he did to them. All will greatly miss his big heart and smile, integrity, friendship and ultimate courage. As a person, Bill was reliable, supportive, loving and happy. He was truly a gentleman and always kind and eager to help anyone.
Bill is survived by Lynn, his wife of 46 years; daughter, Wylie Strout of Dana Point, Calif.; son, Billy (Megan) Strout; three grandchildren, Will, Scotty and Kaitlyn of Leawood, Kan.; brother, Michael (Dianne) of Wonder Lake and their daughters, Lisa, (Steve) Beard (children Max and Quincey of Woodstock), Katie (Matt) Jerrells (children Blake and Khloe) of Fort Myers, Fla., and Stacie (Matt) O'Block of Fort Myers; and cousins, John (Mimi) Zitko and family of Antioch and Betty Sue (Don) Fostle and family of Sparta, N.J.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Stuart Strout in 1980; his mother, Betty Strout White in 2008; and Joseph White in 2009.
The family will be available one hour before the memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake. A memorial celebration will immediately follow the services at the Boulder Ridge Country Club in Lake in the Hills.
Interment in Crystal Lake Memorial Park Cemetery will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in loving memory of William Strout to one of the following wonderful organizations: Northeastern Hospice Foundation of Northeastern Illinois, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010 (online at www.hospiceanswers.org); or to support leukemia research at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Attn: Amanda Craig, 420 E. Superior Street, 9th floor, Chicago, IL 60611 (make checks payable to Northwestern University). Visit www.skajafuneralhomes.com/fh/obituaries for memorial page.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Jan. 31, 2013