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Dick Prout died at his brother Jack and sister-in-law DiAnnâ€™s home outside Buffalo, New York on Sept. 2, 2012. Dick is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 69 years, Ethel Stewart Prout. Dick was the father of Larry Prout (Jean) and Lee Prout (Linda); and grandfather of Brian Prout, Lisa Prout Williams (Kyle), Jennifer Prout and the late Jeffrey Prout. He was the older brother of the late Gordon Prout (late Darleen), Carol Mesler (late Fredrick), and Jack Prout (DiAnn).
Dick was born in Buffalo, N.Y. on April 27, 1923, to the late Clair and Marguerite Prout. Dickâ€™s first love was flying, so he joined the Army Air Corps after the start of World War II. He earned his wings and piloted B-17s and B-29s and was preparing to ship to the Pacific Theater when the war ended.
After the war, Dick continued his service as an Air Force Reserve pilot, eventually retiring as a major. He became a corporate pilot, flying for several companies before arriving in St. Marys, Pa., where he served as chief pilot for Speer Carbon through its various corporate iterations from 1967 until he retired in 1984. His love of flying continued after retirement through his association with Elk Flyers, where for many years he instructed numerous students as they sought their pilots' licenses and advanced ratings. He also promoted flying by commanding the local unit of the Civil Air Patrol for many years. By the time he finally shut down a planeâ€™s engine for the last time, he had accumulated in excess of 21,000 hours in the cockpit.
Dick was a faithful member of Shiloh Presbyterian Church and was president of the Protestant Cemetery Association for many years. He will be well-remembered and greatly missed by his family and many friends.
A memorial service for Dick Prout will be held at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, 217 Washington St., St Marys, on Saturday, September 8 at 5:30 p.m. Â
Burial will be on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. in the Sunset Hill Cemetery, Jamestown, N.Y. There will be no viewing.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Angel Flight East, 1501 Narcisa Rd., Blue Bell, PA 19422.