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David Stout

March 2, 1949 - January 21, 2021

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David Miles Stout, 71, of Ankeny, Iowa transitioned from life on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at home after a brief but fierce battle with Metastatic Melanoma.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). A time of sharing will be at 5:15 p.m. during the celebration of life.

David was born on March 2, 1949 in Des Moines, Iowa to Miles and Ruth Stout, joining his older brother, Harry, and making their small family complete. David graduated from Dowling High School and continued his education at Iowa State University where he left with a degree in Psychology and a lifelong loyalty to the Cyclones. David could often be seen in ISU gear, including socks, during the football season. Later in life, David graduated from the University of Iowa with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, but even then was never persuaded to cheer for the Hawkeyes.

David married Christine Elizabeth Speer September 7, 1972. In 1974 their only child, Jennifer Christine Stout was born. They later divorced.

David’s career in human services began at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo, Iowa. He soon transitioned to work as a parole officer in Ottumwa, Iowa. David spent the next 20 years working in various roles with the Iowa Department of Human Services. It was there he met his wife, Lynhon (Hough) Stout. They eloped to Glena, Illinois on August 15, 1992 where they were married in a small ceremony officiated by an elderly judge who could not pronounce Lynhon’s name. It was a standing joke that due to the officiant’s struggle; David was the only one to say his vows that day.

David went on to become the Executive Director of Children and Families of Iowa and the Vice President of Orchard Place Child Guidance Center. David was an innovator. He brought that gift to his profession. He was one of the first to work in Family Preservation Services in the state. David took what he learned working directly with children and families experiencing pain and trauma and translated that to implementing child welfare systemic change. This including introducing the Trauma Informed Care approach to our community. David served on the Iowa Board of Social Work for many years. He was considered to be a leader, mentor, and worked tirelessly to bring communities together.

David retired after learning he had Parkinson’s Disease. During retirement David committed himself to the things he loved including spending time with his grandchildren, traveling with his wife and friends, and attending Parkinson’s boxing and dancing groups. David and Lynhon were advocates in the local Parkinson’s Disease community. In August 2019 David receive the Duopa Pump for medication administration for Parkinson’s Disease symptoms. He was the first to have this procedure completed in Iowa with local medical providers and continued his commitment to innovation by educating and speaking about his lived experience with the disease and the management of its symptoms.

David was a man of few words, but when he spoke people listened. He remembered every bit of useless trivia imaginable and shared these facts generously. His dry sense of humor and sly smile will forever be remembered by those blessed to experience it. We see both of these qualities reflected in his oldest grandchild, Jack. David’s youngest grandchild, Olivia, shares their Papa’s philosophical questioning and servant’s heart. Dave loved the beach, downhill skiing, music and driving fast, red sports cars. He was most comfortable sitting in silence with a good book or movie and eating his favorite ice cream.

David is survived by his wife, Lynhon Stout; daughter, Jennifer (Roni) Stout; grandchildren, Jack and Olivia Kagan; brother, Harry (Mern) Stout; nieces, nephews and loving friends.

David is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Iowa Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association or the Dale Swift Philanthropic Fund. This fund provides financial assistance to cancer patients and their families in need. When in his final days, David was asked what God looks like. He said to him, God looks like community. The best gift to remember and honor Dave will be to donate time and resources to any local agency that builds a loving community. That will create a legacy worthy of him.


  • Ankeny, Iowa

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