Raymond Troutman, age 82, of Amarillo, Texas, formerly of Vernon, Texas, died Tuesday, July 18, at his home in Amarillo after a fight with PLS, a slightly different form of Lou Gehrig’s disease.Mr. Troutman was born Sept. 24, 1923, in Waco, Texas. He is the son of the late Burl and Anna Headers Troutman. He was raised in Abilene, Texas, and graduated from Abilene High School in 1943 after being called to active duty to serve in World War II. After participating in the invasion of Normandy and later in the European Front he was awarded the Purple Heart. He returned to duty for a brief time and then returned to Abilene in 1945 to become a graduate of Hardin Simmons University, which he attended on a football scholarship and received a master’s degree in education. Before finishing school, he would fall in love and marry Joan Beth Beard of Vernon.For the next eight years, Mr. Troutman coached football and some basketball starting in Melvin, Texas, then on to Paducah, Texas, and finally in Clovis, N.M., where he enjoyed three state championships. It was there that the couple’s only son, Kevin, was born. Shortly after, Mr. Troutman entered into a long, diverse and prosperous profession in the life insurance business in North Little Rock, Ark., Edmond, Okla., and Vernon.Mr. Troutman served as a Baptist deacon and taught Sunday school in both Edmond and Vernon. He was involved in activities at the Marble Community Church and before becoming ill, joined the South Georgia Baptist Church in Amarillo.In 1553, Ray and Joan built a vacation home in Woody Creek. The selling of this home vaulted them in a position to buy their dream home near Marble, where they retired and moved from Vernon in 1991. In 1999, Ray and Joan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.In July 2003, Joan died from kidney failure. In September 2004, Ray moved to Amarillo to join his son. Other survivors include his grandson Casey Ray, his brother, Burl Troutman, and his niece Margaret Balanowski; also Joan’s brother Curtis Beard and his two sons, Coyle and Cayle.Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 22, in the Chapel of Sullivan Funeral Home in Vernon. The Rev. Bob Miller will officiate under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.Memorials can be made to the South Georgia Baptist Church in Amarillo.
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