In Memory

Ken Krout (Production) - Class of 2000

Ken Krout (Production)


Ken Krout    



Stevensville  -  Kenneth K. Krout, 81, of Stevensville passed away on Thursday, March 31st, 2016 at home.

He was born September 19, 1934 in Marcus Daly Hospital in Hamilton, Montana as the 5th child of 7 to Rodney O. & Edith L. Krout. He lived in the Corvallis area for his first 7 years, and then the family moved to Stevensville where he continued his education. Ken graduated from Stevensville High School in 1953 after competing football, basketball, track & baseball. Ken was also the senior class president.

In 1950, he started a 4 year career with the US Forest Service as a lookout operator & firefighter on the Powell Ranger District in the Lochsa country of Idaho.  In February 1955, after being notified he was next on the draft list, he enlisted in the U.S. Army to be trained as a Combat Engineer.  Training started at Fort Ord, CA and continued to Fort Carson, CO, Fort Leonardwood, MO, Fort Polk, LA & Fort Dix, N.J. He was deployed to Germany where he joined his unit, The 2nd Armored {Hell on Wheels) division, 17th Armored Engineer Battalion at Bad Kreuznach & Dexheim, Germany.  His training continued at the European Engineer School at Murnau, Germany, this 5 week course trained men on removing mines, booby traps & firing demolition charges on roads and bridges.  Training continued at 7th Army NCO Academy (Little West Point) at Munich where upon graduation he was promoted to Sgt. (E-5). After that he set to work rebuilding the country of Germany from all the destruction & devastation that World War II caused in that country.  In October 1958, the division was brought back to Fort Hood, Texas & was assigned as a Training Division for all armored personnel prior to their deployment overseas, so he became the Trainer instead of the Trainee.  Ken trained the likes of Elvis Presley and others before they shipped off overseas.  He was very proud of his military service and to have served his Country.  Ken was honorably discharged in September 1960 after 5 1/2 years of service.

He then returned to Missoula & worked for LS. Jensen Construction until February 1962, when he applied for work at Waldorf Paper Product Mill. That night he was called to start unloading frozen chip cars and continued on at the Mill for 37 years. He transferred to the Paper Department for the next 17 years, learning the art of papermaking. Then he transferred to become the Scheduling & Shipping Supervisor for the next 20 years, a job he truly loved, scheduling the machines of different grades & overseeing the shipments of the product to different customers throughout the USA, Canada, Japan &, etc.  He saw a lot of ownership changes and enjoyed the work at hand.  Ken retired January 1, 2000, and lived in the Ninemile area for the next 7 years.  After a divorce, he sold the property & moved back to the Bitterroot next to his oldest daughter's place in the Three Mile area.

In 1956, he married Marlene Jensen, they had 4 children.  He divorced Marlene in January 1979 & married Cora Qualls in May 1979, they divorced in 2007.

He enjoyed his travel, seeing a lot of Europe during his military duty and later several trips to England & Scotland; 4 different cruises, one through the Panama Canal & several train trips around the US. He helped get Westside Little League started as a coach & building ball fields in Missoula for several years. He was an M.O.A. official for 8 years, officiating basketball in Western Montana & was the VP at the Alberton Senior Center & President of the Stevensville Senior Center; programs he truly loved for the people and storytelling.

He liked his woodworking shop, garden & lawn care, maintaining that the grass was always greener on his side of the fence.

Survivors include his four children, Kevin Krout, Seattle, WA; Rory Krout, Seattle, WA; Carol (Larry) Neel of Stevensville & Teresa (Craig) Brown of Fredericksburg, VA.; brothers, Jack (Verna) Krout, Petaluma, CA; Robert (Lloyda) Krout, Florence, MT; sisters Helen Jefferies, Missoula, MT & Linda (Gary) Conley, Helena, MT. He was blessed with 6 grandchildren & 9 great-grandchildren & many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his dad, Rodney 0. Krout; step-mother, Geneva Krout; mother Edith Hackman; step-father, Harvey Hackman; brothers Leonard Krout & William Krout.

There was a memorial gathering to remember Ken's life on Friday, April 8, 2016, at the Whitesitt Funeral Home with a reception following at Stevensville Senior Center. A private family interment was held at the Western Montana Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stevensville Senior Center, 100 Mission Street, Stevensville, MT 59870.

Rest in Peace dear Friend.