Don Troyer

Obituary of Don Gerald Troyer

Don Troyer passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on February 3, 2022 in Edmonds, WA. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Jean (Gill) Troyer (2017), his grandson Joshua Michael McCormick (2020), and his siblings Boyd Troyer, Amy Vilendre, Jim Troyer, Lloyd Troyer, Gladys Storm, and Richard Troyer. He is survived by his 4 sons: Michael (Kathy Joe), Patrick (Leslie Seffern), Daniel, and Thomas (Maureen); 3 daughters: Kathleen (Jerry Graham), Donna (Rick Buyce Jr), and Sarah (Scott McCormick); and 12 grandchildren: Ryan, Bernard, Noelle, Lilli, Alex, Andrew, Gwendolyne, Amy, Nicholas, Shannon, Jonathan and Mary. Don was born on June 28, 1934 in Hubbard, OR to parents, Jesse and Mary (Esch) Troyer. He attended Whiskey Hill elementary school in Hubbard, OR and graduated in 1952 from Canby high school, also winning the Oregon State championship title in high school wrestling in 1950. Don joined the Air Force and served as a First Class Airman Mechanic from 1953 to 1956, repairing planes used in the Korean War and spending one year of service in Tripoli. He married Jean Gill 63 years ago in January, 1959 in Seattle, WA. They resided the majority of their marriage in a home on Queen Anne Hill, spent 5 years in Chehalis, WA when Don’s job moved back and forth from Seattle, and retired to a home in Rainier, WA for 15 years. In 2014, they moved to Edmonds to be closer to more family as Jean’s Alzheimer’s was advancing and the home and garden in Rainier became too much to maintain. Don’s career started at Boeing working on the flight line. Then he moved to P.I.E. – Pacific Inter-Mountain Express parts department and juggled that with a year at Seattle University. And lastly spent 35 years working at Cummins Northwest in multiple roles starting at the front counter to branch manager to Inside Sales/Engine Administrator, retiring in 1996. Here’s a link to the video of Don having the time of his life sky diving at 84 years old: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix3i29xe0kM">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix3i29xe0kM</a> Don’s life centered around his love for Jesus, his family, and supporting the communities he lived. He lived a life in service to everyone he encountered, be it lending weekends to help his children paint their houses, fix their cars, or play with the grand-kids, or taking time administering to those calling the St Vincent de Paul help line for assistance, or a multitude of service positions with the church such as altar serving, ministering the Eucharist, or running the weekend coffee and donut program after mass. He was happiest when busy with projects, and enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, and carpentry. His list of handyman skills was extensive from plumbing to electric work to building complete structures; there was rarely a task he couldn’t complete on his own. He shared his skills and time with whomever had a need, often before they even asked for help. His actions continually showed his deep love for Christ and commitment to carrying out His mission. All are welcome to attend all services – masks are required at all venues: • Rosary Vigil service - 7pm on Thursday, February 10 at Holy Rosary church, 630 7th Avenue North, Edmonds WA 98020. • Funeral Mass - 10am on Friday, February 11 at Holy Rosary church. (Will be live streamed at: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/HolyRosaryEdmonds">https://www.youtube.com/c/HolyRosaryEdmonds</a>) • Graveside service - 12:15pm on Friday, February 11 at Holyrood cemetery, 205 NE 205th St, Shoreline, WA 98155 In lieu of flowers, donations to St Vincent de Paul can be made in Don’s honor at: <a href="https://svdpseattle.org/give-today/">https://svdpseattle.org/give-today/ </a>
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