LEWISTOWN - Victor W. "Vic" Troutman Jr., 81, of Lewistown, died at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Lewistown Hospital.
Born on Dec. 3, 1931, in Burnham, he was a son of the late Victor W. Sr. and Vera (Lyter) Troutman.
Victor is survived by his wife, B. JoAnn (Slack) Troutman, whom he married on March 23, 1955.
Victor W. “Vic” Troutman Jr.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: son, Victor W. "Bill" Troutman III and his wife, Marsha, of Tucson, Ariz.; daughter, Bundy Jo Merrill and companion, John Banks, of Jacksonville, N.C; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Ken and Larry Troutman; and a sister, Vicki Terry.
Vic attended Lewistown High School and attended St. John's Lutheran Church, in Lewistown.
He served in the Marines starting in December 1950, retiring after 22 years service in March of 1972, as a gunnery sergeant. Vic's travels as a Marine took him to 21 foreign countries, including Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. During the Korean War, Vic served from 1951 to 1955 in Korea. He served with the 1st Marine Regiment under Colonel Lewis "Chesty" Puller. For wounds received in combat, he was awarded the Purple Heart. His awards for his service in the Korean War are the Korea Combat Action Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service in Korea Medal, the Republic of Korea War Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon and the American Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon.
Vic attended and graduated from the Army Special Forces Warfare School. From 1961 to 1962, he was in the Thailand jungle with a Marine special operations unit. Most of the details of the unit's operations are classified. For his service in Thailand, Vic was awarded the Armed Forces Thailand Expeditionary Medal.
During the Vietnam War, Vic did several tours in Vietnam between 1962 and 1968. For wounds received in combat on one tour, he was awarded the Purple Heart. For wounds received on another tour, he was awarded another Purple Heart. Among Vic's awards for his service in the Vietnam War are the Vietnam Combat Action Ribbon, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Marine Corps Medal, the Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon and the Republic of Vietnam Unit Citation Ribbon with Gallantry Cross.
In addition to his three Purple Hearts and combat action ribbons, Vic's individual awards are, the Navy Commendation Medal with a "V" for Valor and six Good Conduct Medals.
After his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1972, Vic moved to Arizona and set up a trucking business as an independent tractor-trailer owner. In 1994, Vic retired from the trucking business and he and his wife, JoAnn, spent the next nine years as RV-ers touring in Arizona and spending the summers at the Locust Campground in Granville Township. In 2003, they settled permanently in Granville.
Vic was a devoted husband, father and loved his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed watching football, was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Tucson and absolutely loved being a Marine.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Homes, Inc., Woodlawn, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Bob Iddings officiating.
A viewing will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.
Interment with military honors will take place in Arlington National Cem- etery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Veterans Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or www.WoundedWarriorProject.org.
Online condolences may be offered to www.hellerhoenstinefuneralhome.com.