The Rev. Thomas R. Stout (1944 - 2016)

Tom Stout greets members

The Rev. Thomas R. Stout
AGE: 72 • Wilmington

Passed away on December 2, 2016 at Taylor Hospice in Ridley Park, PA.

Tom was born October 6, 1944 in Sewickley PA, son of Thomas M. and Elizabeth H. Stout. He graduated Grove City College in PA and Union Seminary in Richmond, VA. He went on to serve pastorates in West Mifflin, PA, Chester, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Bellefontaine, OH, Springfield, OH, and Elsmere, DE. At the time of death, he was retired and serving as parish associate at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE. During his life he was a Rotarian in Ohio and a Lion in Delaware. He served on numerous boards and committees in presbyteries in PA, OH and DE.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents and also younger brother, Charles. He is survived by his dear wife of 42 years, Nancy Tarry Stout, his beloved children, Julia Schott (Stephen), Christopher Stout (Joann), and Karen Gibble (Mark); and three precious and beautiful granddaughters, Erin Schott, and Quinn and Mae Gibble. Also a brother, James Stout and a sister Marcia Lauck and their spouses, as well as Nancy's brothers, William Tarry, MD and Paul Tarry; and nieces and nephews and friends and colleagues too numerous to count.

Sometimes referred to as a real "mensch", Tom loved serving others. He loved his dogs, his garden, and a glass of good scotch. He fulfilled a lifelong dream of singing in a choir at WPC after retirement. Throughout his ministry he promoted the idea of "the golden thread that ties all religions together", partnering with neighbors and leaders of faith traditions to strengthen bonds within each community in which he lived. He also was a talented storyteller. Whether it was a "Willy Lump Lump" tale to settle children in bed or a sermon illustration, he knew the power of a good yarn. Always willing to listen, his door was open to anyone in need of wise counsel or a compassionate ear.

Tom's funeral service will be Friday, December 9th at 11 AM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wilmington. Burial will be private at Lower Brandywine Cemetery.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2nd Timothy 4:7

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the American Cancer Society or Taylor Hospice.

Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home

Published in The News Journal from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8, 2016

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