Longtime Alexandrian Ralph Trout, 90, Passes After Tragic Accident

A Korean war Vet, he worked and managed the Alfred Street Apartments until the age of 89.

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Ralph J. Trout, 90, passed away on December 3, 2019 after a tragic accident.  He was born on June 19, 1929 in Pittsburgh, PA to Helen and Edward Trout.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Loretta, his children, Robert and Roberta, four grandchildren, Timothy, Jennifer, Devin, and Sydney, a great-grandchild, Aubrey, and nieces and nephews.

His viewing and memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Everly­ Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22302 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Following the service, the reception is to be held at Del Ray United Methodist Church located at 100 East Windsor Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301.

Ralph J. Trout entered the army military service when he was nineteen years old and served as a Staff Sargent in the Korean War.  After eight years of employment, he married Loretta B. Taylor of Beaufort, NC on April 1956 and resided in Alexandria, VA.  Two years later, they raised twins, Robert and Roberta.  Mr. Trout was a resident of Alexandria, VA for 63 years.

After his marriage, he became self-employed and worked as a painter, a carpenter, a handyman, and a property manager for the Alfred Street apartments until he was 89 years old.  Mr. Trout was heavily involved in the local community preparing monthly pancake breakfasts, being president of the Del Ray Methodist’s Men and ushering at the Del Ray Methodist Church for 40 years.

He could be found every week enjoying a hearty lunch with his best friend, working in the yard, fixing lawnmowers, or watching old westerns on TV.  He was very knowledgeable, talented, a workaholic, and helpful to many people in the community.  His most blessed joy was spending time with his granddaughter, Jennifer.  They were inseparable.

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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