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Herman Russell Troutman
June 18, 1925 ~ October 10, 2023 (age 98) 98 Years Old
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DICKINSON - Herman Russell Troutman was born June 18, 1925, in rural Altoona, Kansas, the second son of Harry Melvin Troutman and Zelma Odessa Cline. He passed away October 10, 2023, in Dickinson, Texas at the age of 98.
Herman was married to Helen May Varner of rural Benedict, Kansas, July 13, 1947 in Fredonia, Kansas. She preceded him in death, November 17, 2021. Also preceding him in death were his daughter, Dee Ann Troutman Duckworth; great-grandson, Elijah Troutman; brothers, Keith Troutman, and Jackie Troutman. Surviving him is a brother, Bobbie Lee Troutman, of Lamar, CO; his two sons, Thomas Leon Troutman (Anderia McKenzie) of Pasadena, Texas and, Gilbert Lynn Troutman (Connie Gaspard) of Santa Fe, Texas; grandchildren, Jon Duckworth, Jacob Troutman (Natalie), Kristina Troutman, Dana Ann Duckworth Vestal (Brian Vestal), Travis Troutman, Samuel Troutman (Kayla) and Daniel Troutman (Harley); great-grandchildren, McKenzie Troutman, Jacob Troutman, Hank Troutman, Savannah Nunez, Herman Troutman, Landon Troutman, Elizabeth Troutman, Bowie Vestal and Dean Vestal.
Leaving his parents farm in rural Altoona, Kansas during WWII, Herman was drafted and became a member of the United States Navy. After Basic Training, he was sent to California to await further orders. He spent the remainder of his service time at Pt. Montero Bay, CA. After an honorable discharge, Herman returned home and completed his high school diploma. Being a teacher, his future wife informed him she would not marry him unless he completed his education–and he did! Herman worked for Standard Oil Company in Neodesha, Kansas. He later transferred to Texas City, Texas to work for Amoco Oil Company in 1970. After working for 33 years, he retired in 1984. Herman and Helen began square dancing in 1980–an activity both came to love. Later in 1984, he began Square Dance Callers College to keep his mind active as he had a great love of music. He graduated in 1985 and began an active calling career in the area and on the national square dancing scene. They were active members of the Heist-Foots and Hanger Squares Clubs where they held many offices in both clubs.
Herman was an active long-time member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Texas City, Texas. He and his wife, Helen, served in many leadership and social capacities during their many years as members. Two days prior to his passing, his church presented him with the title of Elder Emeritus–an event he highly anticipated attending with his family.
Herman had a life-long love of hunting, fishing, Scouting, square dancing, dance calling, singing, playing guitar, golfing and gardening. He loved to travel, meet people, visit with friends (he never met a stranger), and play with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Herman Troutman’s Celebration of Life will take place at First Christian Church, Texas City, Texas, November 20, 2023, at 10 am. Interment will follow at Hayes Cemetery, Hitchcock, Texas.