Ronald Roy Troutman, age 67, was born on June 26, 1952 in Waynesville, Mo., to William Roy and Norma (Weppner) Troutman. He passed away March 1, 2020.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Mary Lou Hedspeth and a twin brother Donald Ray Troutman. He is survived by his wife Linda, a son Tyson (Stephanie) and a daughter Tanya (Donnie) Miller; three grandchildren, Trey Miller, Lila Miller and Kaylee Little, and a sister-in-law Roxie Sponsler.
Ron was saved at an early age and grew up attending Central Baptist Church. After establishing his home, he and his family joined the First Baptist Church.
Ron graduated in 1970 from Houston High School. In 1973 he married Linda Nelson and two children, Tyson and Tanya, were born to this union.
Ron’s work ethic began early picking and selling strawberries and vegetables from garden plots of his parents and grandparents. As a teenager he worked at MFA, OK Tire and bucking bales of hay in the summer. His adult career began with Dodd’s Truck Lines and Beaufort Transfer Co. In 1989 he joined the City of Houston, retiring in 2017 from the electric department.
Ron also volunteered many years with the Houston Rural Fire Department and Texas County Rescue Squad. He served on the Rural Fire Department board and worked on the construction of the current Rural Fire Station.
He was an outdoorsman, hunting and fishing and especially bow hunting. With friends he traveled to North Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Texas and Canada pursuing these activities.
Ron enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s events or listening to a recap of the activities.
Ron was also an avid stock car racing fan. Especially dirt track racing. As a youngster, grade school summer vacations were spent in his uncle’s race shops in St. Louis with weekly races at Valley Park. In his teens and early 20’s he could be found in the pits with Moe Miller’s #44. After raising his children, he was again found in the pits with his children, Tyson/Stephanie with #44 and Donnie/Tanya with #26. The only reason he missed a race with Tyson on the track was for an on-call work weekend.
Family and friends knew Ron as “Bub.” When family, friends or co-workers needed something repaired or created they knew the go to person was Bub. He was always willing to help.
Although Bub’s retirement years were short, he finally got to read a few books, mornings spent at Triangle Garage, visits with family and friends and of course lending a helping hand when needed at Tyson’s sign shop!
Bub was a blessing and was greatly loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed.
Memorials are suggested to Central Baptist Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at www.evansfh.com
Services are 2 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at First Baptist Church with Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial will be at Central Baptist Cemetery, under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston.
Pallbearers are Brad Gayer, Dane Long, Brad Hooper, Ronnie Baker, Dee Skeeters, Jayson Wilson, Travis Sanders and Bill Sponsler; honorary pallbearers are Delane Moore, Mike Sparks, Wilbur Akers and Scott McKinney.