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Bill Routt

Mr. William U. "Bill" Routt, age 88, of Fountain City, passed away at 9:10 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, at Rose Gate Village in Richmond.

Born May 29, 1919 in Piqua, Ohio, he was the son of Anna Lou Routt, who preceded him in death. In his early adult years he traveled as a personal valet for national entertainers. He later went to work at ALCOA, from where he retired. Bill was always active in sports as a player or coach. He was inducted into the Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame in Piqua, Ohio. He coached many baseball and softball teams over the years, encouraging every player to play to the best of their abilities. He was an avid bowler in league play and enjoyed a good game of golf as well as fishing when time permitted. Bill was a former member of the Fountain City Town Board and was a member of the Fountain City Wesleyan Church.

Bill is survived by a step-son, Ron Lewis and his wife, Cassandra; a sister, Martha Brown, of Sydney, Ohio; brother, Sherman Robinson, of Indianapolis; sisters-in-law, Kay Lewis and June Lewis, both of Fountain City; three grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his mother, Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Christine Lewis Routt; and sister, Mary Jane McCall.

A funeral ceremony will be conducted by Pastor David Anderson at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 28, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery.

Family and friends may gather for visitation from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 28, at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Fountain City Recreation Association, PO Box 326, Fountain City, IN, 47341, or the Northeastern High School Athletic Department, 7295 North US Hwy. 27, Fountain City, IN 47341.

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I was blessed to have had "Uncle Bill" in my life. Family isn't determined by blood and Bill was as dear to me as any uncle. He teased me like all good uncles should and as my parents stated, rarely missed a chance to watch me play ball or run around the track. Bless you all at this sad time and God Bless Bill Routt.

Mindy Fulks Gousha Dec 31 2007 12:00 AM

Bill was so much more than my cousin. He was our father's best friend, and together, Dad and Bill, showed us the meaning of love, admiration, and respect. None of us will ever forget the wonderful times the two of them spent together hunting on special days, or building and remodeling homes. And now, I want to think that the two of them are sharing jokes and laughter again upon some fairer shore.

Ruth Routt Richey Dec 29 2007 12:00 AM

The love and friendship exhibited between Bill Routt and my father, Robert Routt, provided Bill's nieces and nephews an eternal example of respect, admiration, caring, and love for family. The joy and laughter of Bill's personality has helped all of us in our individual journeys.

Ruth Routt Richey Dec 28 2007 12:00 AM


DORIS L ARMSTRONG Dec 26 2007 12:00 AM

To all of Bill's family,

The memories come flooding back to mind in reading about Bill's passing. We all considered Bill a true friend indeed. When Mindy was growing up, Bill would stop by our house, honk his horn, and one of us would step outside and he would yell, "what time does Mindy play softball tonight.". And, he would be there. Max and Bill coached T-ball teams together, even coaching Todd McQuiston and a group of young boys who were untouchable in the area. They were a championship team. He showed up at almost all of the track meets that Northeastern held. He was always there to watch Kevin, and Mindy and all the kids who ran track. So many wonderful memories come to mind, and we want all of you to know that the three of us feel very blessed to have had Bill in our lives.

Max & Merilou Fulks and Mindy Fulks Gousha Dec 26 2007 12:00 AM

I remember Bill fondly growing up and he always had a smile on his face and put that smile on others. Bill always had a positive word for everyone and always saw the best in people. Especially young people. He will be greatly missed.

God Bless

Mike Herron Dec 26 2007 12:00 AM

I met Bill when I was working at the grocery store in Ft. City. Bill always had a smile when he came in the door and always left me with a smile on my face. I feel very blessed to have known Bill and offer my deepest sympathies to all of his family and friends. He will truly be missed but will always have a special place in all of our hearts.

Hope Parrett Dec 26 2007 12:00 AM

Bill was a great person to me. I have gone fishing and hunting with Bill when I was younger. I also remember Bill going down to the ball park to watch not just my daughter but all the kids in Fountain City. Bill you will be sadly missed in our community!

Bob & Ruth Palmeri Dec 25 2007 12:00 AM