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Paul Troyer

A celebration of life for Paul L. Troyer, 94 of Kalona will be held Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 10:30 AM at the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church in rural Kalona with Pastors Don Patterson and Steve Nelson officiating.  Burial will follow at the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Monday, June 19 from 2-4 and 5-7 PM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona.  A memorial fund has been established for the Lower Deer Creek Kitchen Fund and Iowa City Hospice. Paul Troyer died Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Pleasantview Home in Kalona.

Paul Lamont Troyer was born February 20, 1923 in rural Kalona, Iowa, the son of Chris and Cora (Miller) Troyer. He graduated from Brush #8 Rural School. Paul was baptized in the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church on March 29, 1936 and remained a member until his death. He served in the Civilian Public Service for the Mennonite Central Committee from March 8, 1944 – July 18, 1946 in Dennison, Iowa. On May 6, 1947 he was united in marriage to Arlene M. Swartzendruber at the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church in Wayland. Paul was a farmer and also drove a milk truck for Twin County Dairy, made and delivered ice cream and owned and operated Troyer Trucking. He was an Iowa Hawkeye and St. Loius Cardinal fan.

Survivors include four children and spouses: Gordon (Juanita) Troyer of Kalona, Maxine (Duane) Mast of Kalona, Kenny (Kate) Troyer of Solon, Debra (David) Stannard of Coralville, seven grandchildren: Diane (Jay) Chapman, Rob Mast, Andrea, Patrick, and Christopher (Jody) Troyer, Nicholas and Emily Troyer, three great grandchildren: Collin, Noah and Ben, seven siblings: Wilbur (Nadene) Troyer of Nampa, ID., Wava (Ray) Reschly of Kalona, Don (Phyllis) Troyer of Nampa, ID., John Troyer of Houston, TX., Carolyn (Vern) Vaandrager of Grand Rapids, MI., Mary Troyer (Dick Means) of Riverside IA., Keith (Linda) Troyer of Kalona, and a sister-in-law Evelyn Troyer of Blue Grass, IA. Special family: Devell, Lawanda, Bria, Briana, Deja Azari, Sierra and Nahla Grace Miller.

Preceding Paul in death were his parents, his wife Arlene on October 25, 2013, two brothers: Cleo (Fern) Troyer and Harold Troyer, two sisters: Marjorie Troyer and Lois (Neil) Birky and two sisters-in-law: Fannie and Joanna Troyer.

Charitable donations may be made to:

Iowa City Hospice
1025 Wade St., Iowa City, Iowa 52240, AL
Web: https://iowacityhospice.org/

Lower Deer Creek Kitchen Fund
1408 540th Street SW, Kalona, Iowa 52247, Kalona IA 52247
Tel: 1-319-656-2076

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Kenny, and family: I learned of your fathers passing, just yesterday. I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. Extending my heartfelt sympathies to you, and your family. You father is now rejoicing in the heavens with your mother. Wishing you peace and comfort, now, and as you move forward.God Bless,Krista

Krista Poulsen Sep 12 2017 12:00 AM

My husband and I are truly sorry for your tremendous loss and would like to express our condolences to the entire family. We cannot imagine the great pain and sorrow you are experiencing during this very difficult time. It is our sincere hope you find comfort in knowing that God has promised to "swallow up death forever" (Isaiah 25:8), and that he will resurrect our dear loved ones who have passed away. (John 5:28). May your many great memories help you find peace and comfort as you go through the coming days.

Naomi lewis Jun 29 2017 12:00 AM

I was saddened to hear about Paul. He and Arlene were long-time clients and I enjoyed their company, at their home or in my office or the annual sheep banquets. My very best to the family and their friends.

Barbara Haring Jun 24 2017 12:00 AM

We send our prayers to Deb Stannard and the whole family on the death of your father and grandfather. We just learned today of his death and are so sorry. May his memories and love live on in each of your lives!

The Bird House Staff Jun 20 2017 12:00 AM

Please accept my condolences for your loss.

Mark Decker Jun 19 2017 12:00 AM