Donald Gene Stout, age 90, of Crystal River, Florida passed away peacefully September 25, 2021. He was a former resident of Fayette and Union County, Indiana.

He was born in Alquina on March 22, 1931, to Morton and Catherine (Mong) Stout. He graduated from Connersville High School in 1949. After high school he was inducted on October 29, 1951, and he served in the Army 1st division (Big Red One) as infantryman until his discharge.

After returning to Connersville, he met and married Zelta Stephens (the love of his life) on June 30, 1962. Shortly after they were married, they opened a restaurant in Union County and named it Stout’s. Don worked at a factory during the day and at the restaurant at night. After retirement, he and his wife moved to Tampa to enjoy the warm weather.

Don was a devoted father and husband. He was an avid sports fan and antique car enthusiast. He enjoyed playing and watching sports of all sorts, specially Tampa Bay Rays baseball.

He also enjoyed family, traveling, woodworking, Dairy Queen ice cream, doughnuts, Tootsie Rolls, Hershey kisses, and scratch off lottery tickets.

Don is survived by his wife of 59 years, Zelta; his children, Vicki (Dan) Willhite of Homosassa, Florida, Tammi (Ron) Davis of Liberty, Indiana, Barry (Karen) Stout of Connersville, Indiana, and Traci (Steve) Peña of Williston, Florida; grandchildren, Nicholas Stout, Levy Stout, Sarah Stout Alcorn, Zackary Stout, and Gabriel Peña; bonus grandchildren, Michael, Elisha, Keith, Travis, Jennifer, Erika; many great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, several brothers-in-law, and several sisters-in-law.

Services will be conducted in Indiana at Mount Pleasant Church, Liberty, Indiana on October 23, 2021 at 11 a.m. followed by interment in Dale Cemetery with full military rights. There will be a meal following grave side service at VFW post 571, Connersville, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to VA Fisher House at the James Haley VA hospital.

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