James E. Stout

April 11, 1938 ~ April 5, 2021

James E. Stout, 82, Sioux Falls, died Monday, April 5, 2021, at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, from recent health issues.      

James E. Stout was born April 11, 1938, to Gene and Letha (Ewen) Stout in Lewistown IL.  The family moved to Denver, CO, where he graduated from Cherry Creek High School. Following graduation from high school, he was drafted into the Navy where he served on the USS Bon Homme Richard.  Following discharge from the Navy in December of 1959, he attended Northern State in Aberdeen, SD, where he played football and wrestled.  Jim graduated from Northern in 1963 and was hired to teach high school and coach football and wrestling in Yankton, SD.

Jim married Sheila Smith of Aberdeen, SD, in 1964, and they had two children; Nancy (Matt) Kiesow, from Brandon, SD, and Jenni (Tony) Taylor, from Boise, ID.  He also had three grandchildren, Riley Kiesow, Sioux Falls, SD, Delaney Kiesow, Brandon, SD, and Tucker Stout, Portland, OR.

Jim left teaching and worked an assortment of jobs until he found his passion in environmental consulting.  In 1984, Jim and Sheila moved from Yankton, SD, to Sioux Falls, SD.  During this time, he continued to be active as an official, for football and wrestling, for the high school and college ranks.  He would often come home with many humorous stories from the games on the field or matches on the mat and even the shenanigans with his officiating crew. In 1990, Jim was inducted into the Northern State Hall of Fame for Wrestling and Football. In 1994, Jim and Sheila moved to Golden, CO. where he eventually started his own environmental consulting firm.  Jim sold his business and retired in 2016.  He and Sheila then moved back to Sioux Falls, SD, after 23 years in Golden, CO.

Jim will be deeply missed by his immediate family as well as his sister, Janet (Fred) Daley, Idaho, and so many extended family and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Isabel (Duane) Riedel, Aberdeen, SD; and two brothers, Bill (Gloria) Stout, and Bob (Charlene) Stout, Colorado.

Jim has requested no funeral or memorial services, but instead, he wanted everyone to go out for dinner in his honor and have a toast for him!  GO BRONCO’S!!

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  • Jeff Class says:

    I met Coach Stout at Dan Lynches house in Yankton. Dan was my college roommate at Nebraska. We had been out on a wild late Friday night. He came very early in the morning, we were sleeping it off in the basement. He came down stairs and rousted us out. We had a great time talking, telling wrestling and football stories. I had wrestled at Lincoln High, against Coach Stouts Yankton teams. He was an outstanding Coach, respected even by opponents. RIP Coach, and say hi to Dan for me.

    • Sheila Stout says:

      Thank you, Jeff, for bringing back great memories of our time in Yankton and Dan. We appreciated your kind remarks.
      Jim’s family

  • Lin says:

    Jim, was someone that I knew from a different time and place, and business was interesting with Jim.
    Rest In Peace, Jim

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