Bonnie Ann Trout

November 3, 1946February 14, 2021

Bonnie Ann Trout, 74, of Fort Wayne, Indiana passed away on February 14, 2021. Bonnie was born in Huntington County, Indiana on November 3, 1946 to Roger and Rita Shideler. A farm girl, Bonnie was very involved in 4H and was even named “Miss Holstein.” Bonnie graduated from Rock Creek High School and earned her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education at Ball State University. She married Larry Trout in 1976 in Warren, Indiana.

Her professional career as a school teacher began in Arizona and eventually led her to teaching jobs in Indiana, Ohio, and Georgia. She was a life-changing teacher for more than 30 years and always believed that teaching was a part of the mission field. Bonnie also had a love for singing and playing the guitar (which she taught herself to play). She would not only play in her classroom, but also at professional gigs and at churches. People were always moved by her unique and captivating voice.

Church was a very important part of Bonnie’s life. Over the years she taught Sunday School, Wednesday night programming, and Vacation Bible School, and was the music leader at church camp. Her most memorable moment was when a 5th grader in Georgia asked her to help him accept Christ. In Indiana, Bonnie was a member of Emmanuel Community Church. In Florida, she attended First Baptist Church of Leesburg where she and Larry were volunteers at the church’s thrift store. Bonnie was also an active member of a small group Bible study that became like family to her and Larry.

Her social activities included The Villages’ Friends of Indiana Club, Indiana Club, IU Club, and Palo Alto Club. She also volunteered with Operation Shoebox to support soldiers overseas. Bonnie loved cheering on her favorite teams: the Chicago Cubs and the Indiana Hoosiers. She enjoyed shopping, traveling, music, eating out, and spending time with friends and family.

Bonnie leaves to mourn her passing, her beloved husband of 44 years, Larry Trout; daughter, Natalie Trout; step-sons. Mike (Kathy) Trout, Mark (Stacey) Trout, and Mitch (Julie) Trout; eight grandchildren; brother, David (Pamela) Shideler; as well as beloved nieces and nephews and other extended family.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2pm on Monday, February 22, 2021,Emmanuel Community Church12222 W. US-24 Fort Wayne, Indiana 46814, with visitation from 12-2pm. Those who are unable to attend can view the service on the Bonnie Larry Shideler-Trout Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home at, or to Wounded Warrior Project at Condolences can be left online at


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Lynne Miller

February 21, 2021

My prayers are with you at this time! Bonnie was so loved by so many and could light up any person’s day!! I enjoyed each year I taught with BLT! That’s what I often called her! Take care!

Larry Whinery

February 20, 2021

Wow! the memories of the Shideler family!
Pillars of the Rock Creek community for generations.
Precious Memories!
Bonnie, an outstanding 4-Her, trusted babysitter, who became a treasured friend as an adult.
A role model in the simplest terms.
A Blessing to all who were privileged to know her.
Even Larry has RCHS contacts!
Blessed Memories to all who will fondly remember Bonnie and all the Shideler contributions to or community!

Larry Whinery

Sharyn Kitt -Staley

February 20, 2021

Larry and Family,
So sorry to hear of Bonnie's passing. I'm remembering the days growing up together as farm girls at Rock Creek while participating in school activities, sporting events, band concerts and especially 4-H activities. She had an outgoing personality that touched many lives.
Sharyn Kitt Staley

Cheryl (Heaston) Beougher

February 19, 2021

I and my sister Kathy Heaston fondly remember Bonnie from our bus rides to Rock Creek HS, as well as Rock Creek Rockets 4/H Club. Being from a small rural farming community nearly everyone knew everyone and there was a bond. Being 4 years older, she was a role model and friend. I have fond memories of her parents and Grandmother Shidler too.
Our deepest sympathies to Bonnie’s family and brother David.
Cheryl Heaston Beougher

Jim and Bink Jenkins

February 17, 2021

Our sincere sympathy to the Trout family. Larry and Natalie we will always remember the times we had with your family in your time as Celina residence. Bonnie was always a good friend and we remember when we talked her into going to church camp as song leader and the great job she did there. Bonnie would always remind Bink that it rained every day at camp that week but we knew and
Bonnie knew that God was using her. Your family is in our prayers
Jim and Bink Jenkins

Michelle Tribolet

February 17, 2021

Our sympathy to the family of Bonnie Trout on her passing. She was always a person, so full of life. Prayers for her family.

Parkway Local Schools Administration and Staff

Lois Spears

February 16, 2021

Larry & Natalie,
I am so sorry to read of Bonnie's passing. Many prayers were sent up for healing. She is healed but perhaps not in the way you wanted. She's now singing with the angels! Lois Spears/ Warren Baptist.

Jimmy Sands

February 16, 2021

Thinking of you, your dad and brothers during this time. Your mom undoubtedly touched many lives. Blessings.

Mirtha Shideler

February 16, 2021

Bonnie was my niece by marriage. Her uncle Leon and I chose her to be our flower girl at our military wedding in Havana, Cuba where I am from. Her grandma and my future mother-in-law came too. Bonnie was just 10 years old and pretty. Through the years we have seen her many works in the teaching system, she was a great teacher and we visited her and her good friend Chris in Arizona. She came to Charlotte NC where Leon and I lived to attend his funeral, so did David her brother. We have kept in touch through the years and she will be eternally missed, but now she is with her mom and dad and Uncle Leon, may she live happily in heaven. Aunt Mirtha