Archive for Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Obituary: Donald Louis Trowbridge

1919-2002

November 13, 2002

Services for Donald Louis Trowbridge, Russell, were Saturday at Pohlman's Mortuary, 810 N. Maple, Russell, with Brother Augustine Rhode officiating. Burial was in Wilson Cemetery, Wilson.

Mr. Trowbridge, 82, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at Hays Medical Center in Hays. He was born Dec. 24, 1919, in Wayne County, Ill., the son of Daisy Belle (Myers) and Fred Benjamin Trowbridge.

The family soon moved to the Rochelle, Ill., area, where Mr. Trowbridge graduated from Steward High School in 1938.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving as an artillery gun mechanic with A Battery, 301st Field Artillery Battalion, 94th Infantry Division, from Dec. 16, 1942, until Dec. 29, 1945. During two of those years, he was stationed in Europe and earned four bronze battle stars in major battles of World War II. He left the Army with the rank of technical sergeant fourth class.

Mr. Trowbridge was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6240 in Russell, a life member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Association and a member of the 94th Infantry Division Association.

He married Josephine A. McKittrick on May 3, 1946, in Great Bend. She survives of the home.

During their early years, the couple lived in Wilson, where Mr. Trowbridge worked as a miller at Wilson Flour Mill. In 1957, the couple moved to Russell, where Mr. Trowbridge later owned and operated Ace Oil Treating Company. He and a partner also established the Bear House Truck Stop in Bunker Hill.

Other survivors include a son, David M. Trowbridge, Wilson; two daughters, Rebecca L. Blocher and D. Caroline Trowbridge, both of Lawrence; a brother, James B. Trowbridge, Rochelle, Ill.; a sister, Elsie Lamb, Muncie, Ind.; and two granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Clarence Trowbridge, Truman Trowbridge and Cecil Trowbridge; and three sisters, Ruby Byers, Flossie Card and Dorothy Homan.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. John's Rest Home, Victoria, sent in care of the funeral home.

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