CAPT Darrell Clinton Troutman, USN, Retired
Capt. Darrell Troutman, 80, of Lincoln, formerly of Winside, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30 at First Lutheran Church, 1551 S 70th Street in Lincoln. Inurnment will follow in the church columbarium. There is no visitation.
Memorials to First Lutheran, Tabitha, or a charity of choice.
Darrell Clinton Troutman, the second child of Carl and Dorothy (Fleer) Troutman, was born at home near Winside, during a major blizzard, on Feb. 8, 1936. His initial schooling was in District 81, the same rural school his father attended. Upon the death of his grandfather, Herman Fleer, in 1946, his parents purchased “The Daylight Store” and the family moved to Winside. Darrell and the entire family spent a significant amount of time operating “Troutman’s Super Saver” store. While in school he participated in football, basketball and track, and with local softball and baseball teams. He graduated as valedictorian of his Winside High School class in 1953.
Darrell attended Wayne State College for one semester and then enlisted in the Army, completing basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. In June 1954 he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with an engineering degree on June 4, 1958.
On June 22 of that year he married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Ann Barner, in a military wedding at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Winside. They moved to Pensacola, Fla., to begin their aviation career in the U.S. Navy.
During 31 years of military service they lived in Florida, Georgia, Texas, California, Maryland, Virginia, and Nebraska, and overseas in Japan and Italy. Significant events included graduation from the Naval Postgraduate School with a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering, presence aboard the USS Forrestal during a major tragedy in 1967, and three separate deployments to participate in the Vietnam conflict. His combat decorations include the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross (2 awards) and the Air Medal (9 awards). His last active duty assignment was Commanding Officer of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) unit at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Upon retirement from the Navy, Darrell and Shirley remained in Lincoln where he taught mechanical engineering at UNL, was a licensed realtor, and served as Director of Ancillary Services for the Martin Luther Home Society. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, the American Legion, past member of the Sertoma Club, delivered Meals-on-Wheels, drove the train at the Folsom Children’s Zoo, and volunteered with the Veterans Administration. He was an avid golfer and card player.
Survivors include Shirley, his wife of 58 years; his son, Brent and Tami Troutman of Puyallup, Wash.; daughters Brenda Bell and Dara Troutman, both of Lincoln; grandchildren Tyler and Nicole Troutman, Brooke and Jonathan Jones and Evan and Bryce Bell; great-granddaughter Aria Jones; brothers Dwight and Judy Troutman of Omaha, Kirk Troutman and Gregg and Carla Troutman of Ralston, and sister Judy Troutman of Lincoln.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Clint Bradley, brother Gary, and sister Lynne.