Charles Troxel


December 21, 2013 - 12:00 AM

Charles B. Troxel, 91, Iola, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Allen County Regional Hospital.
He was born Sept. 28, 1922, in Moran, the son of Harry Earl and Eunice Jeannette (Ransom) Troxel. He grew up in the Moran, Elsmore and LaHarpe areas.
He married Norma Lee Hobert on Jan. 8, 1944. They were married for 63 years. She died on June 2, 2007. They made their home in Iola.
Prior to World War II, he worked on the farm. He enlisted in the Army during World War II, obtaining the rank of private first class. He was assigned to the 137th General Hospital in Elsmere, England, and drove an ambulance to the front lines transporting wounded soldiers to the hospital, often during blackout conditions. For his service, he received the American Service Medal, European/African/Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Upon returning from the war, he worked at Radley Creamery making ice cream. Later he worked for the Pet Milk Company, Coca-Cola, Klein Lumber Company and retired in 1992 from the City of Iola, as a mechanic, after 26 years of service. He liked to work with his hands and could fix almost anything. He loved to work on carpentry and mechanical projects with his son.
He was a loved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He cherished his son, daughter-in-law, granddaughter and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his son Steve Troxel and wife Linda, Iola; a granddaughter Jennifer Miller and her husband, Kenny, Kansas City, Mo.; his great-grandchildren Sofia, Liam and Stella Miller; a brother Harold Troxel, Portland, Ore.; and a sister Hazel Laver, Humboldt. He also is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Brothers Wilferd, Floyd, Art and Pat and sisters Ruby Cochran and Edith Roush preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Lloyd Houk will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
He loved all animals and most recently made sure Smokey and Miss Kitty had all the treats they wanted. Memorials may be left in his name to ACARF.

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