Dale T. Stout, 74, of DeKalb, formerly of Elburn, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2010, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in Sycamore.
He was born Sept. 7, 1935, in New Holland, Ill., the son of Dewey and Agnes (Swingle) Stout.
Dale grew up in both Lincoln and Aurora, and attended local schools. He graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1953. Following high school, Dale worked locally for a time before finding a job at Allsteel in Aurora. In the beginning, Dale worked in the shop but later moved to the advertising department. He finished his tenure in the computer department, retiring in 1998.
During his time at Allsteel, Dale enlisted in the Army National Guard and received training, though he never actively served.
Dale met Marjorie â€œMargeâ€ Wagner at Allsteel, and before too long, more than just steel was formed. Dale and Marge were united in marriage on April 15, 1961, in Aurora.
They began their new life together outside of Elburn until 2000, when they moved to their present home in DeKalb.
Dale was a man of motion with a heart dedicated to fitness. He was always on the move, and if you were anywhere near him you were taken along for the ride. Dale was an outdoorsman who felt at home around a campsite, on a bicycle or a motorcycle, both on and off the road.
His family chronicled years of memories traveling to camping sites around the country in an RV packed to the hilt. Later, when the children were grown, Dale and Marge continued to travel together, albeit in a â€œnewer model,â€ much to the chagrin of his kids who likened the original to a â€œPort-O-Potty On Wheels.â€
Dale spent many years among his friends in North Aurora aiming for strikes on the local bowling league and later at Funway in Batavia. Dale rarely played golf, but when he did, he made it count. His documented â€œhole-in-oneâ€ is a proud achievement that is framed and hangs proudly in his home. These memories and thousands more have been shared over the years. Gone, but not forgotten, Dale lives on in the stories and hearts of all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife, Marge, of 49 years; three children, Aaron Stout of Mesa, Ariz., Jeff (Linda) Stout of Steward, Ill., and Jennifer (Jason) Estes of Elburn; three sisters-in-law, Betty (George) Gould, Lorraine Seavey, and Donna (Glen) Vining; one aunt, Berneda Biggs; many nieces, nephews, cousins; and a countryside of friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, May 13, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL, 60119. A funeral service to celebrate his life will follow visitation at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at River Hills Cemetery, Batavia.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the â€œDale Stout Memorialâ€ and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.