Harry Dean Blout
January 12, 1931 – March 6, 2020
Harry Dean Blout, beloved father and friend passed away on March 6, 2020 in Colorado Springs. He was born in Berwyn, Illinois to Harry Leo Blout and Nola Leah (Osborn) Blout. His older brothers were Clayton Carrol Blout and Bennett Osborn Blout, both deceased.
Harry graduated from the University of Illinois where he met and married Patricia Ann Pryor of Galva, Illinois. They had two sons, Daniel, who passed in 2017, and Marcus, now a resident of Canon City. Harry is survived by Marcus, and grandson Scott and granddaughter Kate, her husband David Macumber and their sons, Nolan, Blake and Connor.
After graduating the University of Illinois, Harry was commissioned an Air Force Second Lieutenant and went off to pilot training. There, Harry discovered his life-long love of flying. After receiving his pilot wings and later, FAA certificates and ratings, he logged over 19,000 hours as a pilot and instructor.
Harry was never far from aviation. He was docent at the Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver and was one of its early presidents. He was a docent at the Pueblo Aircraft Museum where an airplane he has flown in his Air Force days happens to be on display. In 1993, he was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame.
For nine years he owned and flew a World War II Stearman open cockpit biplane. For several years he flew over kick-offs at the Air Force Academy football home games. He gave many people an introduction to a loop and/or a spin.
He was awarded a Bronze star for his service in Thailand. He received and Air Force Commendation Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster for his service with the Air Force Academy staff and facility. He also received and FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award (no violations, no accidents for 50 years).
Harry departed this life appreciating the affection, care and help given to him in his final years by his son, Marcus. He leaves behind memories of good times with friends and staff at Bonaventure Retirement Residence.
Service is at 10:00 am, May 28, 2020 at Swan-Law Funeral Directors, Inurnment 2:00 p.m. at Pikes Peak National Cemetery.
- Patricia Ann Blout, Wife (deceased)
- Daniel Blout, Son (deceased)
- Marcus Blout, Son
- Scott Blout, Grandson
- Kate Macumber (David), Granddaughter
- Nolan, Great Grandchild
- Blake, Great Grandchild
- Connor, Great Grandchild
- Harry Leo Blout, Father (deceased)
- Nola Leah Blout, Mother (deceased)
- Clayton Carrol Blout, Brother (deceased)
- Bennett Osborn Blout, Brother (deceased)
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Harry Dean Blout
Renee (Formhals) Bassett
May 28, 2020
Thank you for streaming cousin Harry’s funeral. I was honored to be able to watch it from Tennessee. I will miss Harry so much, from him visiting my parents farm in IL, listening to his stories, and watching him fly while I grew up to cherishing all of our card exchanges over the years... he was exciting. He was an inspiration to my aviation dreams, a wonderful man, and I feel blessed to know him.
May 19, 2020
Down below you will read a reference about Harry from Darryl Hickey. “Several airline pilots flying, or retired, built expensive, qualifying hours through his assistance”. I am one of those pilots that Darryl Hickey wrote about. I have known Harry for almost 50 years. I can say unequivocally that without Harry’s kindness and mentorship early in my aviation career, I would have never retired as a Captain for Southwest Airlines. Harry, you will be dearly missed by our family.
April 19, 2020
Harry volunteered to be my instructor for my instrument rating when I was a freshman cadet at the Air Force Academy. I can still remember parts of our initial conversation. He had not been long retired from the Air Force, explained he would not be allowed to charge me for the instruction, and then, shortly afterwards, we were on our way.
He was the best possible instructor and mentor and I flew with him or was otherwise in touch with him throughout my 4 years at the Academy. He inspired so much confidence, had a wonderful sense of humor, was so calm and reassuring -- it was always a beautiful experience being in his company.
I remember once he connected with me when I was on an early assignment as an Air Force pilot in the MidWest. He invited me to fly with him on a trip in one of his work Piper aircraft as he was ferrying it somewhere. The thing I will never forget was his rather stern admonition (unusual for him) to never let the aircraft get ahead of me as I was running the checklist for the first time on downwind getting ready to line up on final approach. This was the first time I had even flown the airplane and it was a high performance one. Anyway, I was behind the aircraft and he had to chip in to get us configured in time for landing.
I remember his comment to this day and I've been retired from the Air Force for over 22 years. What a wonderful man, pilot, and friend to a young aviation enthusiast who was an instructor pilot at the Aero Club as a freshman and for all 4 years there. By the way, I loved the ride in the Stearman he gave me (unforgettable) and also the glider mission he let me fly with him when I was back on faculty about 10 years after graduation. On this flight, I remembered his high expectations even though I had not flown a glider for about 10 years and his need to remind me to "hurry up" on this and that :-) He at least let me try to fly the "whole" mission -- he always knew he could confidently intervene.
March 11, 2020
I am Kathi (Blout) Harmon, Allen & Clarice Blout's middle daughter. My first memory of Harry was probably when I was about late grade school age. My sister, Rita, and I were coming in from a horseback ride and I saw this tall, handsome, distinguished looking gentleman standing by the oak tree in our yard waiting for us. It was Harry who was in the area visiting relatives. He made a good impression on me even at that young age. He had the gift of being able to relate to about anyone he talked to no matter how old or young they were. One of my favorite memories was of him flying into the Stearman Fly-In show in Galesburg, Illinois. We went to see him and took Grandma Blout with us. He actually convinced Grandma to get in his plane and go for a ride! What fun THAT was to see!! :-) When my husband and I lived in McAllen, Texas, Harry stayed with us for a few days. While he was there, we went to the flight museum in Harlingen, Texas. He was an "unofficial" docent for us while touring the museum and made it much more interesting than if we had gone by ourselves. He will be missed.
T. Darryl Hickey
March 10, 2020
Harry was a pilot's pilot, an instructor's instructor, a friend of 40 or so years. Several airline pilots flying, or retired, built expensive, qualifying hours through his assistance. During my near half century around him; I never heard him curse, belittle, or judge anyone unfairly. His life truly was that of a good man. His rudder in life was always coordinated; subtle inputs applied, relaxed, at seemingly the perfect time for smooth turns in life. Good lift with tail winds my friend.
March 7, 2020
All of us kids loved Harry growing up. We looked forward to his visits, whenever he came to Ellisville, IL to visit his Uncle Floyd, our Grandfather. I always enjoyed listening to his military experiences and his knowledge of planes. If he happened to be flying in, we'd be anxiously watching the skies for him to fly over, circle the farm a couple of times waving the planes wings then fly off to the airport, then wait impatiently for him to get to our Grandparents house next door. Mom made us wait for him to come over to our house instead of having him bombarded by 5 kids all vying for his attention.
As an adult, he came out to OH. twice to visit me and my family plus stopped by with Ann on the way thru to somewhere else another time. As with me when I was young, my kids & foster kids, that we would happen to have at those times, loved listening to his stories also. One of his visits, he met us over at Dayton, OH at the Airplane Museum & you want to talk about a man with the knowledge of all planes! Oh my! We spent all day with him just soaking up his knowledge & stories. When our youngest graduated he sent her a great letter of encouragement which meant alot to her. He will be greatly missed. But our loss is Heavens gain. We'll see him again when our time on Earth comes to an end & we go to Heaven also. We'll miss you Harry.
March 7, 2020
I'm Allen & Clarice Blout's youngest daughter. Harry Dean was an awesome character. He frequently attended the airshows in Galesburg, IL and would buzz our farm by circling several times to catch our attention. We'd run out in the open so we could wave at him. He was larger than life in us kids' eyes! He stopped by my home in Jenks, OK in 2006 and got to meet my husband and children. I was so proud for them all to meet him!!! My husband, former Army, felt like he was an talking to an old friend after just a few minutes with him. The kids were enthralled with him & his stories! When we went out to eat that evening, my 11 year old son drew a picture of a bi-plane on a napkin and Harry Dean was so impressed with it that he kept that and took it home with him. When my son got married in 2017, Harry Dean responded with a letter congratulating him and told him he still had that napkin picture!! He was quite a remarkable man!!! He will be greatly missed!!