Phyllis Troester - April 07, 2012

God called Phyllis Troester, 79, home on April 7, 2012.
Services celebrating Phyllis’ life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 13, at Crawford Family Funeral Service of Edmond, 610 NW 178th Street, Edmond, Okla., with a reception to follow. An online guest book is available at
Phyllis Joan Troester was born Nov. 15, 1932, to William and Minnie (Germeroth) Giebelman on a farm near Hampton. She attended Hampton Lutheran School through 8th grade and graduated from Hampton Public High School in 1951. She worked in York until her marriage to Wayne Troester on July 24, 1955, in Hampton.
God blessed Phyllis with many wonderful chapters of life. After growing up on a farm, she then farmed for 30 years with Wayne near Hampton where they raised five children. She then worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for schools in Chapman and Grand Island. Following retirement, she served alongside Wayne with Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service (RVICS) whose motto is “Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only” James 1:22. With RVICS, Phyllis and Wayne traveled throughout the United States and Canada for five years performing service projects at Christian camps, churches and schools. Over the next several years, she volunteered at Covenant Cedars Bible Camp near Hordville. In 2010, Phyllis and Wayne moved to Edmond, Okla., to be closer to family.
Phyllis is survived by her husband Wayne of Edmond, Okla.; four sons, Ron (Sara) of Denver, Colo., and his children Derek and Tia; Gary (Denise) of Santa Maria, Calif., and their children Garrett, Aaron, Stefanie, and Jaden; Allen (Stacey) of Sterling, Colo., and their children Shawn, Anthony (Cady), Quinn, Mitchell, Jordan, Parker, and Schyler; Bob (Julie) of Edmond, Okla., and their children Nathan, Collin, and Kara; one daughter: Janet of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sister Helen Folkerts of York and sister-in-law Eunice Troester of York.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Minnie Giebelman; sisters: Ruth (Hubert) Heiden of Kearney, Grace (Dean) Norquist of McCool Junction, Doris (Melvin) Tonniges of Gresham;; Clarence Folkerts, husband of Helen; and infant grandson, Jonathon.
In lieu of flowers, and to further the spread of the Gospel, memorials can be given to the Christian Resource Center in Giltner (; Covenant Cedars Bible Camp in Hordville, Nebraska (; or Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center in Davis, Oklahoma (

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