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Merle Lee Troyer

July 27, 1936 ~ July 14, 2020 (age 83)


Merle Lee Troyer age 83 of LaOtto, IN died Tuesday July 14, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Merle was born July 27, 1936 in LaOtto, IN to Darrell E. and Vestal (Rhodes) Troyer and they preceded him in death. He married Glenda R. Hazelton on August 15, 1959 in Garrett, IN. He worked in purchasing at International Harvester – retiring in 1996. He graduated from Avilla High School in 1954

He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church – LaOtto and the LaOtto Fire Department. He was recognized by the Gov. in 2007 as a Distinguished Hoosier for his service to the LaOtto Fire Department.

Merle is survived by his wife: Glenda R. Troyer, LaOtto, IN; daughters: Brenda (Edwin) Owsley, Garrett, IN ; Debora Troyer, LaOtto, Insister: Joan Schrock, Kendallville, IN; 3 grandchildren: Daniel (Angela) Owsley, Kouts, IN; Truman (Courtney Doehrman) Owsley, Garrett, IN; Tabitha (Ryan) Morgan, Albion, IN; 2 great grandchildren: Olivia Owsley and Bentley Morgan.

Merle was preceded in death by his parents: Darrell E. and Vestal Troyer; brother: Larry D. Troyer

Visitation will take place from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, July 19, 2020 at Thomas Funeral Home, 1277 C.R. 56, Garrett, IN

Services will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, July 20, 2020 at Thomas Funeral Home with Pastor Aaron Lee officiating.

Burial will take place in Huntertown Cemetery – Huntertown, IN

Memorials are to the LaOtto Fire Department.

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July 19, 2020

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Thomas Funeral Home
1277 C.R. 56
Garrett, IN 46738

Funeral Service
July 20, 2020

10:00 AM
Thomas Funeral Home
1277 C.R. 56
Garrett, IN 46738


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