Obituary of Eugene “Red” Troll

Eugene Norbert “Red” Troll, age 86, a resident of Nevada, Missouri, died Monday, April 29, 2019, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, Missouri.

Red was born December 22, 1931, in Minot, North Dakota, the son of Eugene Carl Troll and Lottie Clue Rettinghouse. He graduated from Julian High School in 1949.

He served in the United States Army from 1953 – 1955. Red married Bonnie Beasley on September 15, 1956 in Butler, Missouri.

In his younger years, Red was a rodeo cowboy competing in bronc riding and team roping. He was part owner of a dune buggy racing team that raced in the desert between California and Mexico.

He loved to play football while in the army at Fort Riley; when the family moved to San Diego, he was a season ticket holder for the Chargers before they were part of the N.F.L.

He was a member of the Church of Christ. Red enjoyed hunting, camping, and spending time with his family. He was secretly a Jitterbug King.

Survivors include his wife Bonnie, of the home; two sons, Robert Troll, Oregon, and Gerald Troll, of Missouri; two daughters, Catherine Stevenson (Harold), of Arkansas, and Karolyn Jean McEntee (Jerry), of Michigan; nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

John Haggenbuth will conduct funeral services at 12:30 P.M. Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart post #1165 V.F.W.

The family will receive friends from 11:30 until service time at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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