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Obituary: Fout, William Charles

Sun., July 29, 2012

Age 89

William Charles
February 21, 1923 -
July 9, 2012

Bill Fout passed away July 9, 2012 at Beehive Homes in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho.

He was born, February 21, 1923 on a farm in Andes Montana to Stanley and Gladys Fout.

He grew up in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, and attended Winton Elementary School and Coeur d’ Alene High School where he excelled on the football team.

He married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Mary Swan in 1944.

They were married for over 60 years until her death in 2006.

Bill served in the Army Air Force where he flew as a spotter on search and rescue missions over China during World War II.

After returning from the service, he and Margaret moved to Mullan, Idaho and later to Wallace, where they lived for 37 years.

Bill worked for over 30 years for the Washington Water Power (now called Avista) as a lineman.

He was a member of the Elks, the Masons, and later the Shriners.

He was chairman of the local chapter of the American Red Cross, teaching first aid and CPR to high school students and hunter safety classes.

He took up skiing with his children, becoming a member of the Ski Patrol, and a teacher in the Lookout Pass free ski school.

He later became involved with the Idaho Ski Club, to help run the Lookout Pass Ski area.

He managed the lodge one year and hill maintenance another.

After retirement, he and Margaret moved to their lake home on Coeur d’ Alene Lake.

They remained active with both snow and water skiing and participated in local social groups.

Bill became active with the Shiners (he loved to drive the go-carts in Parades), and helping out the neighbors with construction, snow removal, or anything else that needed doing.

Bill was always busy making something.

He built the home they lived in, in Wallace and the lake home in which they retired.

In fact he cut down the trees and hauled them to the saw mill for the lumber for the lake home.

He loved working with his Bob Cat, improving the access to his and his neighbor’s lake homes.

Bill is survived by his daughter Linda Kieffer, son-in-law Chuck, Spokane Valley; son Randy Fout, daughter-in-law Mary, Lyons, Colorado; grandchildren Kris Knight and husband Bill, Konni Telford and husband Cordell, Katherine Fout, Kristopher Fout, Alex Fout; and great-grandchildren Lindsey Knight, Joseph Telford, and Robert Telford.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 2pm at St. Lukes Episcopal Church in Coeur d’Alene.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Shriners Hospital, Box 2472, Spokane WA 99210-2472.

Please visit Bill’s on-line memorial at


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