John Crout, 70, state trooper, Army veteran

April 11, 2000|By Nora Koch | Nora Koch,SUN STAFF

John Crout, a retired Maryland state trooper, died at his Mount Airy home Friday of heart disease. He was 70.

Mr. Crout graduated from high school in Hagerstown in 1947 and enlisted in the Army, serving in the infantry and rifle divisions during the Korean War. After being discharged, he worked in an aircraft factory before becoming a state trooper. Mr. Crout retired as a first sergeant with Maryland State Police in 1977 after 24 years with the Westminster barracks.

"He had instincts that could never be taught," said retired Trooper Bill Holley, Mr. Crout's longtime colleague. "He not only cared about [young troopers] policing, but he cared about their lives. He not only told them how to do it, he showed them how to live."

Mr. Crout was commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10076 in Mount Airy in 1993 and 1994, and a member of American Legion Post 191. In his spare time, he loved to fish and crab, and owned a beach home on Fenwick Island. One of the highlights of the annual statewide VFW convention in Ocean City was a crab feast for Mr. Crout's post members at his home.

Services were held Monday at Stauffer Funeral Home in Mount Airy.

In addition to his wife of 36 years, the former Lee Baker, Mr. Crout is survived by two daughters, Terri Jo Harshman of New Windsor and Robin Dale Kark of Martinsburg, W.Va.; a sister, Joan Hodgson of Hagerstown; stepson Glenn Riley of South Bay, Australia; three grandchildren; one great-grandson and three stepgrandsons. He was preceded in death by a stepson, James F. Riley Jr.

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