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Richard O. Troll

June 30, 1923 ~ March 4, 2020 (age 96)


Richard O. Troll, (96), of Grand Rapids, passed away on March 4th.  Richard was born in Detroit, Michigan to Otto and Dagmar Troll in 1923.  He met his wife, Doris, while attending high school in New Jersey, and they shared over 74 years of marriage.

A Tool and Die Engineer, he spent 35 years at Keeler Brass Company in Grand Rapids.  Richard was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, serving as a naval officer aboard the USS Laffey.  He loved the natural world, leading his family on camping adventures in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, hiking to most of Michigan’s waterfalls, autumn color tours, and cruising Alaska and Georgian Bay in Canada. Richard enjoyed many years of houseboating on the Muskegon River and especially the many friendships that bloomed under the sun and on the water.  Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Dagmar, sister Betty Varner and brother William Troll. 

Richard is survived by his wife, Doris, daughter Carlee (James) Koessel, son Richard
(Gwen) Troll, grandchildren Brian (Stephanie) Koessel and Kimberly Koessel, and
great-grandchildren Elsie and Ken Koessel.  Memorials may be given to The Wounded Warrior project.

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