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James (Jim) M. Trout, D.D.S.
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James (Jim) M. Trout, D.D.S.

James (Jim) M. Trout , D.D.S., passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 5, 2017. He was born in Beatrice, Nebraska on May 31, 1934 to Harry and Maida (Shallcross) Trout. He grew up primarily in St. Joseph and graduated from Central High School before attending University of Kansas. Dr. Trout graduated from UMKC Dental School in 1959.
Jim married Judy Nelson of Kansas City on November 30, 1957. After dental school graduation, he served at Sheppard Air Force in Wichita Falls, TX for two years prior to moving to St. Joseph and opening a dental practice in town where he worked until retirement in 2004.
Jim was first a family man. He taught his children and many in the Boy Scout programs to be productive and helpful to their families and communities. He set the example for them by participating in their activities whether it was sports, scouting or studying. He set standards by the example he taught and lived.
Jim served the Pony Express Council of the Boy Scouts of America by serving as a Cub Scout leader and a troop leader as well as a member of the Council Board of Pony Express Council. He also received the Silver Beaver Award and was Chieftan of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. For many years, a contingent of local Scouts went to England and several contingents of British Scouts visited the United States and Camp Geiger. Jim worked with the local and British Scouts for a number of trips and led several contingencies to England. After a number of trips back and forth ‘Across the Pond’ with Boy Scout groups, Jim was the first and only American to be awarded the Derbyshire Star by the Derbyshire (England) County Scout Council in recognition of an outstanding contribution to scouting in England.
The local dental community had been in need of dental hygentists in the area for a number of years. After retirement, Jim approached Hillyard Technical School about creating a fine quality school which has been in operation for 10 years and graduates 10 students annually.
Jim served First Presbyterian Church as an Elder and on numerous committees. His big contribution was the raising of funds for a new church organ and the changes to the chancel area which took nearly 20 years.
A man who took great joy in life, Jim loved music, especially classical. He enjoyed tennis whether playing it or watching it. Following KU basketball was also a favorite past time especially when they were on a winning streak.
While working as a respected dentist in the local area, Jim was active in local and state dental societies and was inducted into the International College of Dentistry in 1985 due to his quality work as a dentist and his contribution to the dental communities. He was chosen as Dentist of the Year by the Missouri Dental Association.
Preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Maida Trout of St. Joseph; and sister, Marjorie Williams of Atlanta, GA.
He leaves behind his wife of nearly 59 years, Judy, of St. Joseph; a son, Dr. Andy Trout of St. Joseph; daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and John McNulty of McMinnville, TN. Jim also leaves four grandchildren, John and Joe Trout of St. Joseph, Erin McNulty of Lombard, IL and Emily McNulty of Kansas City, MO.
Farewell Services 10:00 A.M. Saturday, First Presbyterian Church. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Memorial Donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church or Boy Scouts Of American, 1704 Buckingham St. Joseph, MO 64506. Online guest book and obituary at

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5005 Frederick Ave
St. Joseph , Missouri 64506


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