Susanne (Sue) Steff Stout
November 2, 1940 – April 16, 2015
Sue Stout died Thursday, April 16, 2015 from an unexpected cerebral hemorrhage. Her husband, Richard, and son, Christopher, were with her at Renown Regional Medical Center. Sue was born November 2, 1940 to Wilma Haines and Elmer “Steve” Steff in Davenport, Iowa. A graduate of Davenport High School, Sue earned her BA in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising from the University of Iowa. Her career started at the Iowa City Press Citizen where she rose through the ranks. The Iowa City Press Citizen was a member of the trans continental Speidel Newspaper Group and Sue was selected to be Speidel’s Promotion Manager and first woman Executive at their corporate headquarters in Reno, Nevada in 1974. Sue married Speidel Executive, Richard M. Stout in Reno on June 20, 1977. After Speidel’s merger with the Gannett Newspaper Group, Sue retired and followed her husband’s career, which took them from Reno to St. Cloud, Minnesota, and St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Returning briefly to Davenport Sue gave birth to their son, Christopher, in January of 1981. Retiring from Gannett, the Stouts returned back to Reno in early 1982. In 1983, she and her husband purchased and ran Reno Printing, Inc. until they sold it in 2004. Sue’s generosity and kindness touched many and she will be remembered for her joyous sense of humor and her unfailing graciousness. She served on the boards of the Nevada Opera Association, the Nevada Women’s Fund, and the Tahoe Maritime Museum. Although “formally” retired from both newspaper and commercial printing businesses, Sue still was meeting deadlines. She did pro bono publication and collateral design for several non-profit groups, such as Tahoe Maritime Museum, Tahoe Yacht Club, and the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation, where she and her husband were both involved. She leaves behind her husband, Richard, son Christopher, daughter-in-law Stephanie, grandsons Ryan and Garrett, and granddaughter, Savannah. The family will hold a memorial service at the Thunderbird Lodge near Incline Village, Nevada on May 31st at 4pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Sue’s name to the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation, the Tahoe Maritime Museum, Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, and Nevada Women’s Fund¬¬.
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