July 24, 1926 - August 11, 2012
William Lindell “Bill” Troutt, Sr., age 86, lifelong resident of West Frankfort, IL passed away peacefully at 4:14 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2012, in Landmark Hospital of Cape Girardeau, MO. He was born on Saturday, July 24, 1926, in Steelville, MO the second son of Luther and Harriet Elizabeth “Bessie” (Reddick) Troutt. His family moved from Steelville, MO to West Frankfort, IL when Bill was 8 months old in 1927, and he has been a resident of West Frankfort since. Bill answered the call of this nation by enlisting into the United States Navy during the time of WW II and served as a gunners mate aboard the Destroyer USS Frank E. Evans 754 in the South Pacific Theater. After his period of faithful service he was discharged on June 10, 1946, with the rank of Seaman First Class. He attended school in West Frankfort and was a graduate of West Frankfort High School after he returned from his service in the Navy. Bill was united in marriage to Elizabeth M. Davis on March 1, 1952, at Central Methodist Church of West Frankfort, IL and together they have shared the last 60 years. His plastering career began shortly after he was discharged from the Navy. He began working as a Hod carrier with the Roy Hicks Plastering Company of West Frankfort, IL and it was there he learned the art of being a plasterer. Later he began working as a plasterer for the Coy Jones Plastering Company of Paducah, KY. This company was known for doing most of the commercial plastering work throughout the region. He moved up within the company and became a foreman out on the jobs. By working on several of the jobs in the Carbondale, IL area Bill became acquainted with the owners, Paul Phillips and Charles Arnold, who owned the company Phillips and Arnold Inc., a company located in Carbondale. In the early 1960’s, at the time of the large expansion that was about to begin at Southern Illinois University at Morris Library, Paul and Charles talked with Bill about forming a new company, Troutt Plastering that would be affiliated with Phillips and Arnold, Inc. It was agreed upon and Troutt Plastering was formed and continued for nearly the next 30 years. Bill had a large group of plasterers working under his direction doing most all the work on the commercial buildings, hospitals, colleges, and schools in the region. During this time period, Troutt Plastering was awarded a large plastering job at Hilton Head, SC. The work that was completed under Bill’s direction by his employees was something that he was very proud of. Also, Troutt Plastering was known throughout the area for being able to provide many of the finer details; exterior finishes, textured ceilings, crown molding, and chandelier light rings to many of the homes in the area. In the late 1980’s, Troutt Plastering as a company was dissolved and Bill began working with A & K Specialty Contractors of Marion, IL. With his many years of commercial plastering knowledge he worked on many of the large commercial jobs that A & K had to do. One of the last large jobs that Bill worked on was the Illinois Center Mall in Marion. Though Bill was getting older about this time and he was somewhat semi-retired from A & K, plastering was in his blood and people would still contact him about doing smaller jobs and he worked on many of the homes in the area. He has been a member of Central United Methodist Church of West Frankfort, IL since 1952, where he has served on most of the committees and positions of the church. He also is a lifetime member of the Carroll P. Foster VFW Post No. 3455 of Anna, IL. When one thinks of Bill Troutt, his personal religious faith and plastering knowledge is what comes to mind. In his spare time he also enjoyed golfing with his many friends, spending hours in his yard doing special projects, following and watching the St. Louis Cardinals and spending quiet time reading his bible and enjoying his back porch. Though work and other interests filled his time the most important part of his life was his family. He was always willing to do anything he could for them, was interested in their many activities and looked forward to the many times they all would gather together. As his daughter Pam and son Bill, Jr. started their lives on their own he wanted to do all he could for them and their families and spent many hours working on their homes and leaving the mark of his hands in the plaster that is now in their homes. The last plastering that Bill did was when his son, Bill, Jr. built his home in 2004, and Bill was involved in finishing the outside of his home and all the interior walls and ceilings. The many memories that have been created will now be cherished by those he now leaves behind. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth M. “Liz” Troutt of West Frankfort, IL; son and daughter-in-law, William Lindell “Bill” Troutt, Jr. and wife, Nancy of West Frankfort, IL; daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Jo McReynolds and husband, Dave of Marion, IL; grandchildren, William Andrew “Andy” Troutt of West Frankfort, IL, Amanda Brooke McReynolds of Herrin, IL, Landon David McReynolds and Jordan Michael McReynolds both of Marion, IL and Michalah Marie Troutt of West Frankfort, IL; step-grandson, Steven C. Linn and his wife, Amanda of Waukesha, WI; step- great grandchildren, Delaney and Gavin Linn both of Waukesha, WI; nieces, Janice Lamkin and husband, Don of Garden City, MO and Joanne Green of West Frankfort, IL; nephew, Jim Ray Troutt and wife, Shirley of Wilmington, IL; sisters-in-law, Genell Davis and Shirley Davis both of West Frankfort, IL; bother-in-law, Jack Davis and his wife, Vonee of Lewistown, IL, other extended family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Samuel “Jim” Troutt and nephew, Jerry Dean Troutt. Arrangements for William Lindell “Bill” Troutt, Sr. were entrusted to the Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court Street, Marion, IL. A time of visitation for family and friends was on Friday, August 17th, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. During the time of visitation a “Reflection of Life” DVD Memorial Tribute featuring special people, places and events of Bill’s life was presented to the family and friends. The funeral service was at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2012, at Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Ozment presiding. Comments of memory were presented by business partner and friend, Charles Arnold; family friend, Sam Mitchell and family member, Monty Hodge. The prelude and postlude musical selections were presented by pianist, Lori Creamer. Special vocal musical selections presented were “Amazing Grace” and “I’d Rather Have Jesus” both by Lori Creamer who accompanied herself on the piano and “Praise His Name” by Oleta Arnold with recorded accompaniment. The service concluded with the presentation of the recorded instrumental musical selection “Anchors Aweigh”. Interment followed in the Boner Cemetery located south of West Frankfort, IL. Pallbearers were Landon McReynolds, Jordan McReynolds, Andrew Troutt, Curtis Hodge, Dave Sanders and Monty Hodge. Military honors were accorded at the graveside by members of the West Frankfort V.F.W. Post No. 5764, Orient American Legion Post No. 1961 and Zeigler American Legion Post No. 177 and the Illinois National Guard Flag Detail. Those participating were Chaplain, Howard D. Johnson; Officer of the Day, Dale Jones; Bugler, James McEyla, Chuck Sweetin, Bob York, John Bertettie, Ken Bush, Joe Kerlo, Dick McReaken, Wayne Irvin and Lewis Russell. Members of the Illinois National Guard participating in the folding of the flag were SGT Aaron Robinson and SPC Jacob Martin. Presentation of the flag to Bill’s son, Bill, Jr. was by SGT Aaron Robinson. After the committal service at the cemetery the family and friends gathered at the home of Bill’s son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Nancy Troutt for a meal and continued time of fellowship and support. For those who preferred, memorial contributions were made to either “World Vision”, an international organization that Bill supported since the 1980’s, that supports children throughout the world or to “The Special Olympics” that was used locally in the area. Memorial contribution envelopes were available at the funeral home or were mailed in care of Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, P.O. Box 370, Marion, IL 62959. For additional information or to leave an online condolence or memory, please visit our website at www.wilsonmcreynolds.com or call 618-993-2131. For additional information please contact the funeral home by call ing 618-993-2131.
William Lindell “Bill” Troutt, Sr., age 86, lifelong resident of West Frankfort, IL passed away peacefully at 4:14 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2012, in Landmark Hospital of Cape Girardeau, MO. He was born on Saturday, July 24, 1926, in Steelville,... View Obituary & Service Information
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