Raymond Edward Troutman, 76, the fifth child of Hubert C. and Kate E. Gobble Troutman, was born Oct. 26, 1925, at Houston. He died Aug. 9, 2002, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston after a long illness. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Dec. 29, 1943, at Jefferson Barracks. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division in the European Theater, where he was wounded. He spent several months in hospitals in England before he was shipped state side, where he continued his recovery. He received many medals including two Bronze Stars, a Combat Infantry Badge and a Purple Heart. He was discharged Nov. 27, 1945, at Camp Carson, Colo. He married Lois Garrison in 1946. They had one daughter. Mr. Troutman was a union car-penter for more than 26 years. His hobbies included horses, fly fishing, raising bird dogs and making wooden puzzles and toys. He was a self-taught musician, playing the guitar, bass and pedal steel guitar. He started playing with area bands in the ’50s and continued until his health failed in the ’90s. He at-tended the Steel Guitar Convention in St. Louis and was a member of the Pedal Steel Guitar Association for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Darwin and Wesley. Surviving are his wife of 56 years of the home; one daughter, Anita Higgins of House Springs; two brothers, Roy of Houston and Wayne of Billerica, Mass.; two sisters, Serene Elliott of Anacortes, Wash., and Myra Meredith of Denver, Colo.; two grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 12 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace and the Rev. Allen Raynor officiating. Burial was in the Boone Creek Cemetery. “

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