Larry E. Troester

Larry E. Troester, 85, of Parsons passed away at 7:52 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Labette Health. 

He was born on Jan. 31, 1936, to William “Billy” and Audrey (Pefley) Troester in Altamont. As a young boy, he grew up and attended school in Altamont.

On June 4, 1955, Larry and Barbara L. Gamblian were united in marriage in Crown Point, Indiana. The couple made their home in East Chicago, Indiana, for a year before living in Davenport, Iowa, for five years. In 1971, the family moved to Parsons, where Larry had lived since. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for a refinery in Coffeyville for many years.

He attended Westside Christian Church. Larry was a beekeeper and enjoyed fishing, gardening, woodworking and working around his home. One of his favorite hobbies was cooking, especially his homemade chicken and noodles, which were everyone’s favorite.

Survivors include a son, Terry Troester of Parsons; two daughters, Rita Rettmann and Christy Stephens, both of Parsons; four grandchildren, Chelsi Campmier, Cody Stephens, Devin Larson and Angel Wolkey; eight great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Schulze, Chase Schulze, Cody Armitage, Huntley Ayers, Lindsay Hearn, Bryson Mead, Alexis Leake and Tyler Leake; four great-great grandchildren, Reese Mead, Layla Mead, Barrett Hearn and Henley Hearn; and his devoted dog, Penny.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Barbara, on June 26, 2016; a son, Larry “Gene” Troester; a grandson, Jerry Mead; a granddaughter, Amber Leake; two brothers, Robert Troester and Perry Troester; and two sisters, Donna Bailey and Rema Francisco.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will follow at East Bethany Cemetery. Friends may call the funeral home to sign the register from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday. The service can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Facebook page. For all events, social distancing guidelines will be followed, including the requirement of face masks. 

Memorials are suggested to Westside Christian Church and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

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