The Officers and Board of Directors, on behalf of the entire Troutman Family Historical Association, wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family of our fellow Board Member, Henry Troutman. Henry, known as "Mr. Troutman Reunion", was a devoted lifetime supporter of the annual reunion. He served on the Board of Directors for many, many years and was a former President of the Troutman Family Historical Association. Henry's contributions and presence will be sorely missed. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Henry, mail a check to the Troutman Family Historical Association, PO Box 1, Troutman, NC, 28166.
Henry is remembered Native Troutman son, Henry Lester Troutman, 73, of Troutman Farm Road, died tragically Monday evening in an automobile accident. A hobby farmer since his retirement from the N.C. Department of Revenue 15 years ago, Henry reared beef cattle on a farm inherited from his father, John Morrison Troutman, Sr., on the same road founded by the Troutman patriarch, Johann Jacob Troutman, in 1767. With a zest for life, Henry was an avid square dancer, delivered Meals on Wheels regularly and was very active in his lifelong church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Troutman, and in the Iredell County chapter of the Cattlemen's Association. Henry attended school at the Barium Springs Children's Home where his father served as caretaker. After serving in the Army, Henry returned to North Carolina with his German bride, Helga. He attended Mitchell College and completed his bachelor's degree at Catawba College. He lived and worked in Greensboro for nearly 30 years before retiring to Troutman.
Affectionately called "Mr. Troutman Reunion," Henry served as chair and board member of the Troutman Historical Association which celebrated its 102nd Annual Troutman Reunion last August in the one-room schoolhouse attended by his father. Throughout his life, and especially in his retirement, Henry was dedicated to keeping the Troutman family legacy alive and growing. Henry leaves behind a loving wife of 52 years, Helga Schmieder Troutman; two sons, Gerald Delbert Troutman and William Henry Troutman; two daughters, Vera Troutman Parks and Rebecca Aileen Troutman; a sister, Lucy Troutman Rochelle; and a wealth of close cousins, nieces and nephews. Five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, many living close by the family farm, enriched Henry's life and enabled him to pass on his love for the land and his love of family. Henry was preceded in death by his father, John M. Troutman; his mother, Annie Evans Troutman; two brothers, Joe Troutman and John Morrison Troutman; and a sister, Bernice Troutman Gentry.