Michael Wayne Tout, 49, of Three Rivers, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, following a short, but heroic, battle with cancer. He was at home with his family by his side. He was born in Three Rivers on Jan. 1, 1963 the son of Leroy W. and Dorothy A. (Farley) Tout. He attended Shelbyville, Ill. Public Schools from 1974-79 and later graduated with honors from Three Rivers High School in 1981. Michael graduated with honors from DeVry Institute of Technology in Columbus, Ohio, receiving his Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. He surrendered to the ministry on Feb. 22, 1985 and attended Texas Baptist College in Longview, Texas for seminary training as well as Sturgis Baptist Church and was a licensed Minister. Michael was a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Three Rivers, Sturgis Baptist Church, and most recently, Portage Community Baptist Church. Michael was a youth group leader involved in youth programs, children’s church, Sunday School teaching and various mission works having traveled to Canada and Germany. He filled pulpits in several churches throughout Michigan and Indiana. He also volunteered in the bus ministry in Texas and the Jail Ministry and Nursing Home ministry in St. Joseph County. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling.
Michael is survived by his mother, Dorothy (“Dottie”) Tout of Three Rivers; sister, Lori (Tim) Holder of Three Rivers; niece, Jacqueline (Andrew) Mathews of Sturgis; great-nephew, Johnnathan of Sturgis; uncle, Bill Farley (Virginia) of Oregon; aunt, Joan Halsey of Bellevue; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy; and his brother, Bobby Price.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Eickhoff, Farrand, Halverson Chapel in Three Rivers. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 523 Maple St., Three Rivers with Pastor Kyle Foster and Pastor Paul Delmark officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Calvary Missionary Baptist Church for the Olympic Bible Project, or to Portage Community Baptist Church. Condolences may be left for the family at www.efhchapel.com.