Clifford Dean Troyer of Waterford, PA, age 91, died at UPMC Hamot on July 20, 2021, after blessing his family with final days of conversations, stories, and memories.
Born third of six children, joining Duane [deceased] and survived by, Laura Lee, Cletus, Norman and Mervin to parents Dan and Della Stutzman Troyer in Beaver Crossing, Nebraska on February 13, 1930. Cliff arrived on the family farm with the beginning of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl; the frugality, pragmatism, self-sufficiency, perseverance, and commitment to family of those years shaped his character for the rest of his life.
He and Louise Lila Maurer Troyer married on November 3, 1956 and had four children and 65 years together.
A humble and modest man who relished hard work, Cliff was an outdoorsman and farmer his whole life, from chores as a child to managing over 2000 acres of potatoes, corn, and soybeans, and was still mowing fields through his eighties after he’d passed most of the work to his sons and grandsons.
Never afraid of work or commitment, Cliff and his brother Cletus started a series of businesses around Troyer Farms, each idea growing from the last— they grew great potatoes, why not make their own chips? And then, why not get some trucks for distribution? Drill a gas well, and cut out the gas company; if you have a snack food brand surely you can make new products with just a little more work, and he was always ready to do more.
He was recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 1993, but was most proud of his family.
He is remembered by his children, Mark Troyer (Renee), Craig Troyer (Lisa), Steve Troyer (Heidi), and Suzie Kornhaus (Jerry); grandchildren Brennan Troyer (Tara), Brittany Sukay (Nick), Rebekah, Zack, and Colton Troyer, Mitchell Kornhaus (Shay), CJ Kornhaus (Breana), Toby Kornhaus, and Kirby Kornhaus; great grandchildren Logan Kornhaus, Olivia Sukay, Aubrey Troyer, and another Sukay on the way.
Visiting hours will be at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Saturday, July 31st, 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Beaverdam Mennonite Church, 17721 Route 89, Corry, on Sunday, August 1st at 4:00 p.m. Private interment will be in Beaverdam Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Clifford Troyer’s name to Applying Christ’s Teachings (ACT), a 501c3 non-profit, dedicated to serving God’s will on this earth, 817 Route 97, Waterford, PA 16441.