Merle Troutwine, Jr.

October 9, 1936 - February 10, 2020

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Friday, February 14, 2020 11:00 AM Mechanicsburg Baptist Church


Visitation Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM at Vernon Funeral Home

Merle "Bill" Troutwine, 83, of Mechanicsburg passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020 at Hearth and Home of Urbana.

Bill was born October 9, 1936, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of the late Merle E. and Dorothy (Shiverdecker) Troutwine. He served his country in the United States Navy.

He and his late wife, Kittie, were partners in Troutwine's Supermarkets, Inc. for 32 years. Bill was a member of the Mechanicsburg Baptist Church. He was also a member of Harmony Lodge #8 F.&A.M. Bill enjoyed fishing, gardening, and sailing; He liked reading, history and politics and was an occasional contributor to the History column in the Urbana Daily Citizen. Bill was most passionate about his farm where he was able to retire and spend time with his children and grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his daughters, Dana Harrigan and Vicki (Patrick) Merten; his son, Bill (Aimee) Troutwine; his grandchildren, Andrew, Tyler, Hannah, & Zeke Dees; Jessica, Bailey, Isaac, & Cooper Troutwine; and Ethan, Nate, Ava, Eli & Noah Merten; his one great granddaughter, Noelle Dees; his brother, David Troutwine; his sisters-in-laws, Karen Darland, Esther Sue Applegate and Dora Jane Waymire; and his numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Kittie, whom he married January 12, 1957; his grandson, Brandon Dees; his brother, Richard Troutwine; his brothers-in-laws, Don Moore and James, Pete, Bill, Ed, Paul, Joe and Jack Darland; and his sisters-in-laws, Ruth Mary O'Dell, Phyllis Homan, and Martha Moore.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Hearth & Home of Urbana and the staff of Hospice of Dayton.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4 - 7pm on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, February 14,2020 in the Mechanicsburg Baptist Church, 112 W. Sandusky St., Mechanicsburg, Ohio with Pastor Scott Salee officiating. Burial will follow in the Troutwine Family Cemetery, Mechanicsburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mechanicsburg Baptist Church.

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Jill Collins White - Feb 21, 2020
So sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Trent Chess - Feb 16, 2020
Bill was a good man to my dad George Chess until his retirement the family of George Chess are forever grateful for him providing my dad employment in his stores
Michelle Lounger Bailey - Feb 14, 2020
My thoughts and prayers and condolences are with you all. Bill was a great man in everything he did. He always made me feel at home whenever I came with my dad to mow the yard. He will be sadly missed. RIP Bill with Kittie.
Ron & LeeAnn Laird - Feb 14, 2020
Many fond memories from the Class of 1954; sending my sympathy.
Cindy Gonzalez - Feb 13, 2020
So sorry for your loss Dana.
Thomas Rennison - Feb 13, 2020
Dana, so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Didn’t have the pleasure of meeting him but he was obviously a wonderful man. I know he was loved dearly and will be missed. We are to celebrate his new life in Heaven. He’s in the loving arms of God. Prayers for you and family. 🙏
Carolyn Cox - Feb 11, 2020
I didn’t really know Bill but my Son Steve Coleman and Jerry Coleman did and we all send our condolences
Pam Bowman-Amlin - Feb 11, 2020
Dana, I’m so sorry for the loss of your Dad. It’s never easy to lose your parents, no matter how old we are. I’ll be praying for you.
Tracy Daulton Nutt - Feb 11, 2020
Bill and Kittie were a beautiful part of my childhood and a couple I admired greatly. My heart is heavy over the passing of your sweet father but rejoicing that he’s reunited in heaven with Kittie. My deepest sympathy to you all.
Lisa Kammerer - Feb 11, 2020
Sincere sympathy (and empathy) to all of you on the loss of your faithful father.
Deb O'Neal - Feb 11, 2020
Dear Dana and family, you are all in my heart and prayers at this very difficult time. We know he is in the arms of Jesus, but you will miss and being with your dad. He truly leaves a beautiful legacy through you and the rest of your family.
Kristie Metzger Flamm - Feb 10, 2020
I’m so sorry to hear about Bill. Years ago I worked at Troutwines. He was so kind & supportive of me after making a stupid adolescent mistake while working in the store. He was a role model of understanding.
Cyn Tehan Marsh - Feb 10, 2020
Dear Troutwine family, Truly sorry to read of Bill’s passing. May you find comfort in your wonderful memories. With sympathy, Cyn Tehan Marsh

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