Louie Mike Troll (December 31, 2020)

Louie Troll photo

May 22, 1930 ~ December 31, 2020

RECORDED FUNERAL SERVICE
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SERVICE DETAILS
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
10:30 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Harlan, IA
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Burial will be in the Layton Township Cemetery, Walnut, IA
CDC guidelines will be observed and masks are required.

SURVIVORS
Wife – Lois Troll of Walnut, IA
2 Daughters – Linda (Chuck) Ploen of Harlan, IA
Leanne (Jeff) Krueger of Walnut, IA
1 Brother-in-law – Ross (Linda) Eilts of Massena, IA
1 Sister-in-law – Edna Carl of Corning, IA
4 Grandchildren – Jason (Rev. Heather) Ploen of Minden, IA
Eva (Ryan) Jensen of Atlantic, IA
Nick Krueger of Peoria, IL
Scott (Nicki) Krueger of Iowa Falls, IA
7 Great-grandchildren
Nieces & Nephews, Other Relatives & Friends

Louie Mike Troll, the only child of William and Alma (Fideler) Troll, was born on May 22, 1930, in Harlan, Iowa. He was baptized in Delmont, South Dakota, and grew up on the family farm north of Walnut, Iowa. Louie attended Monroe Country School through the eighth grade and graduated from Harlan High School in 1948.

On May 3, 1953, Louie married Lois Evelyn Eilts at Zion Lutheran Church in Atlantic, Iowa. The couple then farmed and Louie also drove truck and sold seed corn. They moved into Walnut in 1982, and Louie drove the school bus for Walnut Community Schools for 36 years and served as the transportation director for a time. He lovingly referred to the school bus children as his “kids”.

Louie was a longtime active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, Iowa, where he was confirmed as a young man and later served on the church council. He was a 4-H leader and coach for the chicken judging team that advanced to the Iowa State Fair, and he also judged chickens at the County Fair level. As “Santa”, Louie brought delight to many Walnut area children for over 40 years. He loved gardening, mowing the yard, and playing cards with friends. He and Lois enjoyed traveling, and during their later years, they took bus trips around the United States. They had the privilege of hosting two foreign exchange students from Germany, Lydia Seus and Lorenz Kock. Family was very precious to Louie, and his grandchildren were quite special to him.

Louie M. Troll died on Thursday, December 31, 2020, at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, Iowa. He had reached the age of 90 years, 7 months, and 9 days.

Louie was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers-in-law, John Eilts and Jeff Carl; and one sister-in-law, Barb Eilts. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lois Troll of Walnut, Iowa; two daughters, Linda (Chuck) Ploen of Harlan, Iowa, and Leanne (Jeff) Krueger of Walnut, Iowa; one brother-in-law, Ross (Linda) Eilts of Massena, Iowa; one sister-in-law, Edna Carl of Corning, Iowa; four grandchildren, Jason (Rev. Heather) Ploen of Minden, Iowa, Eva (Ryan) Jensen of Atlantic, Iowa, Nick Krueger of Peoria, Illinois, and Scott (Nicki) Krueger of Iowa Falls, Iowa; seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, Iowa, on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, with Pastor Phil Nielsen and Pastor Heather Ploen officiating. Honorary casket bearers were John and Hertha Haas, Lowell Howe, Don Nielsen, Marge Barton, and Norma Krohn. Serving as active bearers were Jason Ploen, Jeff Krueger, Chuck Ploen, Nick Krueger, Scott Krueger, and Ryan Jensen. Burial was in the Layton Township Cemetery, Walnut, Iowa. Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Inc., of Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left online at www.burmeisterjohannsen.com.

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16 Responses to Louie Mike Troll (December 31, 2020)

  1. Zach Ploen says:

    Louie was a good man and a good papa he always made me laugh and was there from when i was baptized
    now you are up with heavens angels.

  2. Roger Kubik says:

    Dear Lois, Linda, Leanne & Family— Betty and I were shocked to learn of Louis’s passing on.
    You were all great loyal customers and friends at The Villager Restaurant in Walnut !! We’ll
    never forget Louis’s wonderful laugh and friendly, caring smile ! You all have our most sincere
    sympathy in this sorrowful time. He will be greatly missed ! Roger & Betty Kubik. Avoca, Iowa

  3. Rich and Laura Andersen says:

    Lois, Linda, Leanne and family. We were so sorry to hear about your loss of Louie. We will always remember his Great sense of humor and his laugh. Please know that we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Always know that Louie’s Spirit will live on in your Hearts Forever! God’s peace to you now and in the days to come…

  4. LuGene Behrens says:

    My sympathy to the family, especially Linda and her family.

  5. sharma nelsen says:

    You will be missed my friend. Enjoyed the times I got to work with you at the bakery in Elk Horn. Always had a smile on his face, and love in his heart. Sympathy to Lois, and the family. RIP my friend.

  6. Mark and Julie Jensen says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Louie at the Walnut school for a time and of course our visits with Mr and Mrs Claus will be forever cherished. A wonderful man. May god bless and comfort the family.

  7. Sue Hoegh says:

    Louie will never be forgotten. He always brightened up every room he entered. I loved his sense of humor. So fortunate to have met him and Lois when I worked at Walnut School. My sympathies to Lois and all of his family.

  8. Kim Kopp says:

    So sorry to hear of Louies passing. He was such a sweet man. I always enjoyed seeing him around the hospital when I worked there.

  9. Julie Kennon says:

    Louie brought laughter and smiles to all who was blessed to have known him. Cherish getting to know him when I taught at Walnut Schools & when he drove the bus to games.

  10. Sally Nairn says:

    Louie will be missed, such a wonderful couple. He always gave me a wave and his smile on my way back from communion..Always so friendly !! My sympathy to Lois and family

  11. Pat Carlson says:

    Sorry for your loss. Louie was the best! Enjoyed working with him at Walnut Schools. He was the greatest bus driver!! Best humor and great friend.

  12. Laurie (Russmann) McNeil says:

    What great memories I have of riding the bus with Louie. Sliding down an icy hill, frozen gas lines. He was always so kind, such a happy smile. Even years after I had moved away, he remembered me and we chatted like I’d never left. He was a gem.

  13. Rachel Rieck says:

    My heart goes to you all. Louie was an amazing guy! Growning up riding the bus he would always get up to wake me up when it was time for me to get off the bus. Even seeing him a few years ago he still had that spark in his smile! God bless you all🙏

  14. Dianne Book says:

    Our hearts are very saddened upon hearing of Louie’s death. He was a gentle giant! His smile could lift anyone’s spirits. His presence uplifted a room. A wonderful friend to many people. An icon of a Santa and Lois as Mrs. Claus. A bus driver like no other who could manage any situation and the kids would do anything he asked. Denny and I often talk about his phrase, “one thin dollar, just one thin dollar”. He used to say that at the HS basketball games when raffling prizes. May your hearts be washed with comfort in the coming days and years. Louie will always be with us!

  15. Judy and Dave Pedersen says:

    Jesus cares, His 💙 too is touched by your grief. Lifting you and your family up in prayer, Lois.🙏 I will think and miss “My friend Skipper” always.

  16. Jan Wilwerding says:

    🙏🏻So sorry, sending my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. Louie was a great man and will be greatly missed. He had that great smile and I always enjoyed our visits.🕊

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