MILBRIDGE – Herbert ‘Rusty’ C. Strout, 84, died Dec. 18, 2004, at the Narragua-gus Bay Health Care Facility in Milbridge. He was born Sept. 9, 1920, in Milbridge, the son of James and Agnes (Kane) Strout. Rusty joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1940 and served in the U.S. Army from October 1944 to July 1946 during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Buldge. He served with the 3rd Military Government Regiment and the infantry. He spent most of the war in France and with the Allied occupation forces in Germany where, as a Tech 5, transported supplies and repaired military vehicles. His World War II decorations include the Bronze Star, World War II Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal, EAME Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge. For much of his life Rusty worked the land and coastal areas including cutting wood, digging clams and worms, raking blueberries, hauling lobster traps, and working various construction jobs. He helped lay down the extensive underground grid system at the Cutler Naval Station around 1960. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Phyllis (Chipman) Strout; son, Perry; and daughter, Margaret. Surviving him are his sons, Jerry Strout, of Fayetteville, N.C., and Terry Strout, of Cocoa, Fla.; four grandchildren, Stacy Strout of Lakewood, Wash., Andrea Strout of Fayetteville, N.C., Shelley Strout, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Stephen Strout Sr., of Hampton, Va., Kristen Strout of Merrit Island, Fla.; and three great-grandchildren; sisters, Beatrice Robinson, of Denton and Dorothy West of Steuben; nephew, Kenneth Robinson, of Milbridge, and other nephews, nieces and friends. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, at the Bragdon-Kelley-Campbell Funeral Home, Main Street, Milbridge. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Evergreen Cemetery, Milbridge. A reception will follow at the home of Phil & Brenda Duggan, 195 Kansas Road, Milbridge.