Raymond Troutman, 82, of Amarillo, Texas, died Tuesday, July 18, at his home in Amarillo after a long fight with PLS, a slightly different form of Lou Gehrig’s disease.Raymond was born Sept. 24, 1923, in Waco, Texas. He is the son of the late Burl and Anna Meadors Troutman. He was raised in Abilene, Texas, and graduated from Abilene High School in 1943 after being called to active duty to serve in World War II. After participating in the invasion of Normandy and later in the European Front, he was awarded the Purple Heart. He returned to duty for a brief time and then returned to Abilene in 1945 to become a graduate of Hardin Simmons University where he attended on a football scholarship and received a master’s degree in education. Before finishing school, he fell in love with and married Joan Beth Beard, of Vernon, Texas. Joan’s parents are the late Curtis and Azalee Flemming Beard of Vernon.For the next eight years, Raymond coached football and some basketball starting in Melvin, Texas, then in Paducah and finally in Clovis, N.M., where he won three state championships. It was there that the couple’s only son, Kevin, was born. Shortly after, Raymond entered into a long, diverse and prosperous profession in the life insurance business in North Little Rock, Ark.; Edmond, Okla.; and Vernon.Ray served as a Baptist deacon and taught Sunday school in both Edmond and Vernon. He was much involved in activities at the Marble Community Church and prior to becoming ill, joined the South Georgia Baptist Church in Amarillo.In 1953, Raymond and Joan built a vacation home in Woody Creek near Aspen. The selling of this home vaulted them into a position to buy their dream home near Marble where they retired and moved from Vernon in 1991. In 1999, Raymond and Joan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. In July of 2003, Joan died from kidney failure. In September 2004, Raymond moved to Amarillo to join his son Kevin. Other survivors include his grandson Casey Ray; his brother Burl Troutman; and his niece Margaret Balanowski; also Joan’s brother Curtis Beard and his two sons, Coyle and Cayle.Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Sullivan Funeral Home in Vernon.Memorials can be made to the South Georgia Baptist Church in Amarillo.
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