David Stout

  • Born: March 2, 1949
  • Died: January 21, 2021
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

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4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023

Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

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.

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, Roo, 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 Roo Kagan; brother, Harry (Mern) Stout; nieces, nephews and loving friends.

David is preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life will be held to honor David's journey and legacy when it is safe for family and friends to gather.

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.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sad to hear of Dave's passing. My prayers go out to Lynhon and the family. Dave was a wonderful man and a great person to work with. When in the DHS Ottumwa District Office I was his secretary and he always treated me with the utmost respect and truly was appreciative of my work for him and the team. I know he will be so missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Posted by Carla (CJ Rush) Winstead - Johnstown, CO   January 28, 2021


I am very sorry for your loss. During the years I worked in Children and Family Services, Dave was someone who stood on for his genuine care and service. His opinion I sought; his advice I always accepted. Even during difficult times, Dave was always supportive and kind. I am sorry I have not been in touch with either of you over the years. May his memory be for a blessing . Ralph Rosenberg

Posted by ralph rosenberg - AMES, IA - Coworker   January 25, 2021

Lynhon - I am so sorry for your loss. Dave fought a long and courageous battle. I always enjoyed Dave and was always impressed with his unyielding dedication to Children and Adolescents in Iowa. I really enjoyed all my years with DHS, we had a great group of people to work with over the years. Both you and Dave were definitely part of that group. Dave was very fortunate to have you in his life and for all the excellent care you provided him in these past few years. My heart goes out to you at this sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dave was a great example of what a DHS Manager should be. Dave will be greatly missed by all of us who were fortunate enough to have know him and also worked with him. Rick Johnson

Posted by Rick Johnson - Ottumwa, IA - Friend   January 25, 2021

I was saddened to hear of Dave's passing. He was one of the good guys. As I look back at the people I have come to know in my involvement with social work in Polk County there are some that leave an indelible impression in a very positive way. They leave a hole in many ways when they pass. Dave was one of those. My condolences to those who survive him and I am sorry that because of the times that we can not adequately pay tribute. . KEN

Posted by Kenneth Riedel - Ankeny, IA - Friend   January 24, 2021

I am so, so sorry for your loss. Iowa is a better place because of Dave's lifetime of service and advocacy for children and families. He is greatly missed.
Jerry Foxhoven

Posted by Jerry Foxhoven - Clive, IA - Friend   January 24, 2021

Dear Lynhon and family,
I have fond memories of David's sense of humor, calm and reassuring manner, and willingness to help and support those he worked with.
The life he lived for you , Jennifer and his grandchildren was impressive.
I hope we can share memories together when you are able to have his celebration of life.
As always,

Posted by Jean Dell - ottumwa, IA - Coworker   January 24, 2021

Dave left a wonderful legacy of care and concern for persons in need in our community. He was a great professional in the field and a mentor for all of us. I enjoyed his humor and his skill in managing staff. He was a real leader who brought people together and will be missed by the field. Best wishes to Lynhon and his family. Earl Kelly

Posted by Earl Kelly - Des Moines, IA - Friend   January 24, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. He was a wonderful colleague and I always admired his commitment to children. He was always helpful and motivated and supported myself and others to move the work around children's issues forward. My thoughts and prayers are with Dave's family and friends.

Posted by Toni Merfeld - Clive, IA - Coworker   January 24, 2021

Our sincere sympathies in memory of Dave who certainly gave his all to the communities her served and to his loving wife.

Posted by Jill Van Weelden - Ocala, FL - Acquaintance   January 23, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Dave's passing I am thinking of you in this sad time

Posted by Connie Harvey - Urbandale, IA - Coworker   January 22, 2021

I so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Lisa Staude - Cedar Rapids, IA - Friend   January 22, 2021

Dave will be missed. Thanks for sharing a life well lived

Posted by Bev Smith - Ankeny, IA   January 22, 2021