Family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Central Baptist Cemetery.
William Roy Troutman, age 90, son of Hubert Claude and Kate (Gobble) Troutman, was born February 27, 1919 on the family farm west of Raymondville, Missouri. He passed away December 20, 2009 at the Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, Missouri.
Roy is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, James Wesley, Glen Darwin and Raymond Edward.
He is survived by his wife and partner of sixty-four years Norma Leona (Weppner) Troutman of Houston; one brother Wayne Troutman, State of Massachusetts; one sister Serene Elliott, State of Washington and one half sister Myra Meredith, State of Colorado; one sister in law Lois Troutman, Raymondville; one daughter Mary Hedspeth and husband David of Van Buren, Missouri; twin sons Donald Ray and Ronald Roy and wife Linda of Houston; five grandchildren Tyson Troutman, Tanya (Troutman) Miller and husband Donnie, Houston; Curtis Ray Hedspeth and wife Samantha, Cecile Renee Morelan, Poplar Bluff, Missouri and Cameron Roy Hedspeth, Van Buren; five great grandchildren Dylan Williams, Van Buren; Trey Miller, Houston; Zoe Cochran, Poplar Bluff; Damien Hedspeth and Brian Hedspeth, Van Buren and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Roy is also survived by his church family at Central Baptist Church.
Roy grew up in the Houston area and attended Houston Grade School. After his mother’s death in spring of 1941, a great deal of responsibility was placed upon him in helping raise his younger siblings.
Roy was drafted into the United States Army during World War II and received a medical discharge a short time after taking the oath to defend his country.
Roy married Norma Leona Weppner on July 11, 1945 at the Lutheran Church in Willow Springs, Missouri.
Roy was a long standing member of the Central Baptist Church, Houston. He had received Christ as his Savior early in life and remained faithful throughout the years. Roy served as a Sunday school teacher, church deacon, church trustee and church training union director. He was the song leader for a number of years. Maintaining the church building, church grounds and cemetery grounds was done with great pride by him, his wife and family members for years.
After being discharged from the military he stayed a short while in Kansas City, Missouri staying with family members and working in a nail factory. Roy yearned for his native Texas County and returned shortly thereafter. He began a thirty-five year career as a teamster truck driver and delivery man for Frisco Transportation and Dodds Freight Company. Roy was fondly known as “Pete” to his many customers during his stops in Texas, Shannon, Douglas and Howell counties. His pressed blue “Big Smith” overalls were yet another thing he was always remembered by. One of his favorite earthly treasures was his dark green 1953 Chevy pickup truck.
After retirement Roy began a second career by tending to his truck garden, taking care of his orchard, his strawberry, blackberry, grapes and raspberry patches on his little farm known as Seldom Seem Acres. A good blackberry cobbler or some strawberry jelly was always a treat at the family homestead. Numerous hours were spent volunteering and helping others. When his young son ran for public office Roy introduced him to many friends and former customers.
Roy loved his family. It was the highlight of his day to have his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren stop by for a visit. Up to the very end Roy’s mind and memories of his beloved Houston and Texas County was remarkable. He loved reading books from the county library and watching his beloved St. Louis Cardinals on TV.
Roy was a great husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. He was a true Ozark gentleman, strong believer in his God, hard worker and caring volunteer. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.