Life-long Sheridan resident, Roger Frank Krout, died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday morning, January 25, 2023. Roger was born on July 19, 1941. He was the youngest child born to Frank and Helen Smith Krout. His older sisters were Kathleen, Alice, Mary, and Edie. When Roger was in High School, his parents decided to move to Arizona, however, Roger was strong-willed, refusing to leave Sheridan, choosing instead to live with his best friend, Gary Young. The Young family became his adopted family, Tom, and Eloise, and their children, Gary, Jerry, and Jeannie. Roger matriculated through the Sheridan school system, graduating from Sheridan High School in the spring of 1959. Two years after graduation, on April 1, 1961, Roger married Linda Norwood at the Open Bible Church in Sheridan. Roger and Linda gave birth to three children, Marcy, Brett, and Melissa.
Roger worked as a Locksmith, rescuing many bank customers who lost their keys to their lock boxes. He also drove a bus for school district #2, served as a stock clerk at Bi-Rite Drug, and was an all-around service attendant at Vern’s Standard Service Station. When the police dispatcher retired, Roger was invited to work as the replacement dispatcher at the Sheridan Police Department. He was soon promoted to patrolman, walking the streets of Sheridan at night, working his way through all the ranks to Chief of Police. For thirteen years, Roger served as Chief of Police with one highlight being security detail to the Queen of England. Another highlight was attending school at the F.B.I. Academy. Roger enjoyed the music. He sang bass in the Sheridan College Choir and the choir at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where he was a member for over 50 years. Roger enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting, reloading, camping, traveling, woodworking, collecting license plates, and family activities.
He is proceeded in death by his parents, Frank and Helen’s two sisters, Kathleen and Alice; his best friend, Gary, and Gary’s parents, Tom and Eloise. He is survived by his wife, Linda, of almost 62 years, and their children. Marcy Goodwin (Doug). Brett Krout (Susanne), and Melissa Kaufman (Lowell). His grandchildren: Jessica (Joe), Jennifer, Jordan (Ghazel), Lauren, and Kaelyn. His step-grandchildren: Jonathan (Michelle) and Devin. His great-grandchildren: Arlie and Emery. Roger was a wealth of information about the people of Sheridan County. Always ready to offer assistance.
Memorial services will be held at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at 2:00pm. Reverend Vanya Mullinax will be officiating. Memorial gifts in honor of Roger may be sent to First Christian Church, 102 South Connor, Sheridan, Wyoming 82801.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com. Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.
One great man! I have known him about 67 years at least. He gave the blessing at all of the 1959 Class functions. He will be be very missed!
Roger was a great person
Pillar of our church and a wonderful man.
My condolences to Linda, Marcy, Doug and all of Roger’s family! He was a very nice and friendly man and I enjoyed the popcorn he made at church. You will be missed Roger but I will see you again some day, next time in the presence of God.
Our heartfelt condolences to Linda, Marcy, Doug and all of Roger’s family. What a loss to our church and community. We will miss your smile!
My condolences to Linda and all of Roger’s family. I worked with Roger starting in 1976 when he was a Lieutenant and during the time Roger was Chief of Police. I was a patrolman at the time. I subsequently would meet Roger from time to time in Sheridan after the Police Department and he always had a kind word for me and happy to see me. I always joked with Roger about him wanting the License Plate that I got from my parents. He tried and tried to get me to let him have the license plate 3-3 Wyoming Passenger. Roger was a friend and he will be missed.
Roger was the nicest man. I did call him many times to drill a box for the bank. Many prayers for his family during this time of loss. Remember all the good times.
Heartfelt condolences to the entire Krout family, a blessing to the Sheridan community. Roger will be missed by so many people. Much love.
We remember Roger as Police Chief. He was always friendly helpful.
We will miss Roger so much, he was a good man and a faithful Christian. He loved his family and his church family. Our heartfelt sympathy to Linda, Marcy, Melissa, and Brett.
First knew Roger as a neighbor when I was a child, and then as a customer of Sheridan Stationery in later years. He was a great guy. Condolences for Linda and family.
Our condolences to linda and family, especially to Gretchen’s friend Melissa. I always thought Roger was such a good man and appreciated him as our Chief of police. I think I always say hi as I drive past your house. Barbara and Charlie Walter
My condolences to the Krout family. My wife worked with Roger at SPD, before moving on to WHP. Spoke highly of him.