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Richard Lee Troutman, 74, jack-of-all-trades with a penchant for woodworking

Richard Lee Troutman

KURE BEACH — Richard Lee Troutman, 74, passed with peace and grace Friday, May 28, 2021.

Born May 6, 1947, in Hickory, he was the son of the late Lee Rosco “Put” Troutman and Georgia Smyre Troutman. Richard was married to his loving wife Linda for 56 years. He was the co-owner of a family business for over 50 years, and the president of Troutman Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning in Hickory.

Anyone who knew Richard knew that he was a jack-of-all-trades, but he specifically loved woodworking, surf fishing and restoring old cars. He could fix anything, and most recently served “on staff” at Christ Community Church, where he really would fix everything. He loved the way the Word of God was preached at Christ Community, and was an incredibly dedicated member of the body of Christ there.

His friends loved him most for the way he loved and served others so well. His sense of humor would light up any room, and anyone who talked to Richard would always walk away from the conversation with a smile on their face or a trinket from Richard in their hand; oftentimes, it was both. He was a father to many and a friend to all.

Along with Linda, survivors include his sister, Gloria Propst, and her husband, Michael; along with brother, Rosco Troutman, and his wife, Carolyn; daughters, Melanie Troutman Haist, and her husband, Paul Haist, and Julia Troutman Byrd, and her husband, Michael Byrd; grandchildren, Matthew and Michael Haist, Conor Slattery, Jonathan Slattery, and his wife, Viera, Patrick Slattery, and Miguel, Christopher, David and Mikayla Byrd; great-granddaughter, Iris Slattery; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 2, at Christ Community Church, 4555 Fairview Drive, with Pastor Paul Phillip officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to services at the church. A graveside service will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made out to the Christ Community Church Tutoring Program, 4555 Fairview Drive, Wilmington, NC 28412.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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