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Walter Strout obituary – CA (1917-2010)

WALTER EDWIN STROUT Formerly of Riverside, passed away in Redlands, California on September 21, 2010, at the age of 92, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Born November 14, 1917 in Andover, Massachusetts, the son of Walter Edwin Strout, Sr. and Myrtie Irene Ericksen (adopted name McDermott), he spent his young adult years building houses with his uncle and father in New England. He served as a medic in the South Pacific during World War II until he contracted malaria, which led to lengthy stays in military hospitals in San Francisco and Walter Reed. After his discharge, he married his sweetheart and soulmate, Pauline Lewis, on March 22, 1944. In 1951 they moved their young family to California. Walter worked for Metropolitan Water District until his retirement. After 59 years of marriage, Polly predeceased him on July 31, 2003. They were both active members of various Masonic bodies. A Master Mason for over 50 years, Walter served as Worshipful Master of Riverside Lodge No. 635 and received the Hiram Award and a 50-year pin. He was Past Worthy Patron of Eastern Star and a member of Wesley and Arlington United Methodist Churches. He was a great storyteller with a sharp sense of humor. He loved the outdoors, and the family often camped and fished. He also valued knowledge of history and God’s created natural wonders, taking his family on road trips far and wide to explore interesting places. He is survived by his beloved sister Myrtis I. Diczok of FL; his three children, Richard (Deb) of Algonquin, IL, Barbara Smith (Stephen) of Moreno Valley, and Kenneth (Sheryl) of Redlands; his grandchildren, Chris Strout of NC, Tim Strout of IL, Cresta Poole and Kendra Davis, both of Visalia, CA, Jeff and Kevin Strout of Southern CA, and 12 great-grandchildren. The services will be private.

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