Tommy Lynn Troxel, age 70, of Springfield, South Dakota died Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 AM, on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at St. Vincent Catholic Church in Springfield, South Dakota with Father Joe Forcelle officiating. Burial will be in the St. Vincent Catholic Cemetery in Springfield with military honors provided by the Dwight Wood American Legion Post No. 132. Visitation is from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, on Wednesday, February 26 at St. Vincent Catholic Church with a wake service at 7:00 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Pallbearers are Casey, Thomas, Ryan, Theron and Megan Troxel and Jeremy Dudley.
Tommy "Trox" Troxel was born August 28, 1943 in San Diego, California to Theron Otis and Donna Lee (McGehee) Troxel. He grew up in Pittsburgh, Kansas and graduated from Pittsburg High School at the age of 16. The following year, Trox entered the US Air Force and worked in the weather division. He was stationed at Paris, France and Adana, Turkey and then in 1967, he served at Sac Air Force Base in Omaha, NE. There he met Edith Gleason and asked her to marry him two weeks later. They were engaged for six months and married on June 21, 1968 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Coleridge, NE. They enjoyed 45 wonderful years of marriage. In 1973, the family moved to California and Trox began his career in the restaurant business, first as a waiter, then as a manager, and finally as the lead person opening restaurants in California, Florida and South Carolina. In 1988, they moved back to Coleridge, NE and Trox worked for Mid-America Cheese Plant in Hartington, NE until his retirement due to health problems. He went back to school in 1999, graduating with a degree in fine arts from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. In 2002, they moved to their beloved Springfield, SD where he restored their 100 year old home.
Trox was a member of St. Vincent Catholic Church and served on the parish board and cared for the flowers. He was an artist who loved painting, knitting, crocheting, needle point and sewing quilts. Trox also enjoyed cooking, camping in tents, going to the beach, gardening and planting flowers. He was a history buff, especially Egyptian history and WWII. He knew more about Hitler than Hitler knew about himself. Trox loved finding the best possible deals on eBay and watching The Weather Channel. For the past six years, he finished quilts with Edith in their quilting business in Springfield.
He is survived by his wife Edith Troxel of Springfield; four children: Casey Troxel of Ladson, SC, Thomas (Danell) Troxel of Logan, IA, Ryan (Laurie) Troxel of Omaha, NE and Theron (Stacey) Troxel of Adams, NE; 13 grandchildren: Jonathan, Jeremy, Megan, Emily, Molly, Shannon, Ellyanna, Kattie, Brady, Samuel, Erica, Tyler and one due in July; his mother, Donna Marchbanks of Moreno Valley, CA; mother-in-law, Pat Gleason of Coleridge; sister, Sulyn Jones of Moreno Valley, CA; two brothers: Jerry (Carolyn) Troxel of Springfield, OR and Howard (Tina) Marchbanks of Santa Ana, CA; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Trox was preceded in death by his father, Theron Troxel and grandparents, Lionel and Amzel McGehee and Miles and Myrtle Troxel.
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We are deeply saddened at your loss. We know that Tommy will be missed by many. We feel so fortunate to have seen the 2 of you at your retirement gathering! Bill and Mary Lynn
I am deeply saddened by your family's loss. I have all of you in my Prayers in hopes that you will find peace. Love you all.
Casey and Family, I am so sorry for your father's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
Love you guys and very sad that the Lord had to take him at such a young age! You are all in our thoughts and prayers!
Jessica Cameron and Barb and Mike Peck
Our prayers to you Edith and family. May every stitch of quilting bring peace. Another quilter sends love.
Melvin & Jeanette Lammers
How very sorry I am to learn of the death of Tom. He will be greatly missed by many, and especially his wonderful talent of quilting. I had such a good visit with him at your retirement party, Edith. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.
Casey and family...We are saddened by the loss of your father. Fill your sadness with the joy of memories you share with your father. Losing a parent is so hard on all of us. They have provided us with with guidance for our lifetime and how we teach our children.....
Time cannot steal the treasures that we carry in our hearts, not even dim the shining thoughts of our cherished past. For memories of the one we love will cast a gentle glow, to grace our days and light our paths wherever we may go. Love and light, Mr. Bill and Ms. Kit
Billy and Kitty Hall
you and your family are in our Prayers
Mark and Gail Rochek
my thoughts and prayers to you and family. Peace be with you ! Cherish the memories.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Tommy Troxel. We hope that your memories of him will live on in you forever. God Bless.
Bob & Michelle Michl
We will miss Trox. It was always enjoyed our visits. Another star in heaven shines brighter now that he is there to watch over you and your family. Love and prayers for all from Texas.
Erline & Larry McNaughton
Our prayers are with you and your family this week...
Patrick & Michelle Milke
Edith and your whole family. Our prayers and sympathy are sent your way.
I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine your pain. You can be sure God feels your pain. Isaiah 25:8 tells us: "He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces." Jesus' promise of the resurrection is comforting as well (John 5:28,29). I hope these verses bring you some comfort as you endure.
Edith and family,
I'm so sorry about the loss of your husband. Please know your family at Sacred Heart is thinking about you. I have you on my mind and in my heart Edith. Virtual hugs coming your way. May the memories of your husband fill your heart and help with the void you feel. I'm thinking of you!
So very saddened by the loss of Tom. We have never met but we communicated through quilting. He was a kind and generous soul. A truly talented crafter
Mary A Becvar
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