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Troyer, Darrel Jay

Darrel Jay Troyer, 74, passed away on October 9, 2020 at Forestview Skilled Nursing Home. He lost his courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease after 23 years. He was born in Geneva, Nebraska, on August 17, 1946, to Roy and Mattie Erb Troyer, and moved with his family to Pennsylvania in 1955. He was raised in Spartansburg, PA.

Troyer, Darrel002Darrel graduated from Sparta Merged High School in 1964. He went to work for Corry Jamestown before completing his two years in 1W service in Elkhart, Indiana. He returned in March of 1968. He then began his life long career at Troyer Farms Potato Chip company in Waterford. He began doing route work when the company had only 3 routes and was promoted to Sales Supervisor after 3 years. He then became Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. He dearly loved this job and continued on to grow and develop the sales force for over 40 years.

In June of 1968, he married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Cook Troyer. They were married for over 52 years. She was his best friend and constant caregiver for many years.

Darrel will always be remembered as a wonderful person, husband, father, sibling and boss who could always be trusted and willing to listen to everyone who had problems. He was a really good person who was respected and liked by all who met him.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children: daughters, Amie Troyer Honey and husband John, and Kimberly Troyer Lenart and husband Mike; son, Ryan Troyer; five grandchildren: Carly Lenart, Zack Lenart and Abbie Lenart, Austin Honey and Kendra Honey; and one great-grandchild, Ashtyn Jay Bowers.

Also surviving are three brothers: Wayne Troyer (Janice) of Milford Nebraska, Eldon Troyer (Janice) of Union City, PA, and Bob Troyer (Sue) of Goshen, IN; a sister, Judy Catalfu (Mike) of Corry, PA; and sisters-in-law Sandra Parkhurst (Craig) and Cathie Cook; and many nieces and nephews.

Darrel lived as full a life as possible, despite his Parkinson’s. His family always there for him.
The Troyer family would like to extend their heartfelt hanks to the Forestview Skilled Nursing Home that took care of him in his final days. The nurses and aides were wonderful.

Friends may call at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Valley View Mennonite Church in Spartansburg on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Robb Esh will officiate. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

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#1 Comment By Phil Chase On October 11, 2020 @ 6:50 am

My condolences to the Troyer family. Darrel was a man of great integrity and it was a pleasure doing business with him. An exceptional person who will be missed.

#2 Comment By Mary Wills Perry On October 11, 2020 @ 11:41 am

Dear Pat and Family,
We send our love and prayers to all of you as you grieve together. I remember when that sweet relationship began between Darrel and Pat back in high school. It was special. We can never know what will happen during a lifetime, but true love often bears difficult things. I pray God’s presence and good friends will be your comfort.

#3 Comment By Jeff Faulkner On October 12, 2020 @ 3:50 pm

I was so saddened when I found out one of the truest gentlemen one could meet had passed. He was first my boss, but then became a friend of friends.
Darrel taught me many things in my tenure with Troyer Farms and he will be missed dearly.

#4 Comment By Kirk and Andrea Mientkiewicz On October 13, 2020 @ 8:41 am

Pat and Family, we enjoyed the many visits with you and your family at Log Cabin Restaurant and the many community events! My Mom and Dad (Ed and Charline) enjoyed seeing Darrel at Log Cabin many lunches! We always enjoyed times golfing in tournaments and visiting at social events like Waterford Fair!
We are saddened Darrel is gone, our Prayers to your family, Darrel will always be missed by all!

#5 Comment By Raleigh Chesley On October 13, 2020 @ 10:33 am

Our condolences to the family of this rare gentleman, a pleasure to talk with, always a kind word and smile, so very sorry!