Passed away on February 5, 2013 in Clackamas, Oregon. He was born on November 9, 1919 in Bureau County, Illinois to parents Roy Gordon Trotter and Sadie Trotter (Carrico).
Dick attended school in Sheffield, IL, graduating in 1937. He attended Western State Teacher’s College, Macomb, IL for two years and taught at the Old Manlius Rural School for three years. After a two year stint at Caterpillar Tractor Co. in Peoria, IL, during WWII, he attended the University of Illinois and received a BA in 1946. He attended the Chicago Theological Seminary for one year and received a Bachelor of Divinity in 1949 from Andover Newton Seminary in Boston Massachusetts.
On June 5, 1949, he married Elma Catherine Sathoff in Peoria, IL. To this union four children were born. During his 20 years in the ministry, he served the First Congregational Church of Mendon, Illinois (1949-1954), Berea Congregational Church of Davenport, Iowa (1954-1960), Trinity United Protestant Church of Richland, Washington (1960-1966) and Condon United Church of Christ (UCC), of Condon, Oregon (1966-1970).
After the ministry he moved to Roseburg, Oregon and became a social worker for Douglas County. He then became the Administrator for Grandview Care Home for 10 years and retired in 1984.
He and his family, including his seven grandchildren, enjoyed traveling and camping for many years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Roseburg for almost 40 years and also a member of Ainsworth UCC, Portland, Oregon.
Richard was active in the church, serving as Pilgrim Fellowship President of Illinois, serving on the Board of Directors of the UCC Youth Representatives and the Christian Education Committee, Illinois State Conference. He also served on the Washington and Oregon State conference’s Social Action Committees.
He was active in AARP, the Audabon Club and the YMCA. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Elma Catherine Trotter (Sathoff), and his parents, Roy and Sadie Trotter (Carrico), four brothers, James, Rex, Kenneth and Glenn. He is surived by his four children: Rodney (Debbie) Trotter of Roseburg; Douglas (Jean Borgerding)Trotter of Portland; Barbara Kyler (Andy) of Portland; and Stephanie Trotter of Portland. There are also seven grandchildren: Cory, Emma (Grabil) and Thomas Trotter, Chantal Krumbein (Kyler), Amy Kyler, Rowan Borgerding, Garnet Trotter, and one great-granddaughter, Liesl Krumbein and sister-in-law, Wanda Hughes, Monmouth, OR.
Funeral Services: Ainsworth United Church of Christ, Portland, OR on March 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. Memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian, Roseburg, OR, on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 1 p.m. Internment will be at Roseburg Memorial Gardens.