Col. (retired) David F. “Jack” Stoutamire Jr., 82, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at the Madrid Home in Madrid, Iowa.
He was born July 22, 1930, in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the son of Evon and David F. Stoutamire Sr., who preceded him in death. He married his loving wife, Sarah, who also preceded him in death.
Surviving are three sons, David Stoutamire, of Sandy Springs, Ga.; Mark (Mandy) Stoutamire, of Cumming, Ga., and Scott (Gayle) Stoutamire, of Panama City Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Melanie (David) Welte, of Granger, Iowa; five grandchildren, Danielle, Benton, Alex, Genera and Randy; and two first-cousins, Patricia Miller Woolf, of Bellefontaine, and Bill Bailey Miller, of Lakeview.
He grew up on a farm and loved eating corn on the cob. Jack graduated from Blume High School in 1948 and The Ohio State University in 1952.
He was commissioned in 1952 as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army. During his military career, he served in the Armor and Aviation branches, with early postings in Germany and performing a key role in the formation of what became the Air Assault Division at Fort Benning, Ga. Jack’s military career followed the growth of Army aviation, and he was always proud of his contribution in this area. Completing two tours in the Vietnam War, Jack piloted aircraft in a variety of missions. The first as an artillery spotter and the second as the personal pilot for Gen. William Westmoreland, the commanding officer of all forces in theater. He was entrusted with flying entertainers of the USO, and flew for John Wayne, who was in Vietnam for research for the movie “Green Berets.” Jack’s last assignment was as deputy commander for the U.S. Army Agency for Aviation Safety at Fort Rucker, Ala.
Jack earned many awards and commendations, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and Air Medal.
Jack retired in 1978 in Enterprise, Ala., where he earned his MBA from Troy State University. He stayed connected with the military as an assistant professor with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at Fort Rucker.
Jack will be remembered for his contagious smile, big heart and his willingness to help others.
Services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Grace United Methodist Church in Hosford, Fla. Burial will follow at Blue Creek Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Contributions may be directed to the Madrid Home, the Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker, Ala. or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home in Quincy, Fla. is in charge of arrangements.