Cleo F. Troyer, 81, of Meadville, passed away in Sarasota, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. He was, and is, a beloved father, grandfather and brother.
He was born Sept. 16, 1934, in Milford, Neb., to Perry and Elsa Roth Troyer.
The family moved to Pennsylvania in 1938; Cleo spent most of his childhood working on the family’s potato farm on Oak Hill just outside of Waterford. He enjoyed roller skating at Canadohta Lake, playing trumpet and singing in the choir. He attended Mill Village Joint School and graduated from Edinboro High School. He began attending Goshen College in Goshen, Ind., when he was 16, and later attended Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., where he met his future wife, Maryon.
After getting married in 1957, Cleo continued potato farming in Waterford and then moved his family to Meadville in 1962, after purchasing the former Hilgendorf dairy farm, where he continued growing potatoes, as well as grain.
His hobbies included bowling, golfing, collecting rocks, hunting arrowheads, feeding the birds and listening to their songs. He also enjoyed reading the book of Proverbs and memorizing sayings and quotations which often found their way into conversations and will be missed.
Cleo’s love for antiques and the auction experience led him to open Troyer’s Antiques in 1979. He thoroughly enjoyed talking with people who came into his shop. Cleo also enjoyed net casting for fish in Florida during the winter months. He often shared his Seal-A-Mealed fish with customers, family and friends. Cleo was a member of the Beaverdam Mennonite Church, Corry.
In addition to his parents, Cleo was preceded in death by his wife, Maryon, in 1998; and by his siblings, Glenn, John, Paul, Dorothy, Vera McDonald, Shirley Peachey; and brothers-in-law, Larry Hurst and Thomas McDonald.
He is survived by his son, Jerome, of Meadville; a daughter, Christine Pitonyak and her husband, Steven, of Erie; and grandsons, Wil and Mark whom he was so proud of and loved so very much. Also by a brother, Eugene of Stow, Ohio; sisters, Thelma Hurst of Waterford, and Carol (John) Peachey of Myakka City, Fla.; brothers-in-law, Paul Peachey of Sarasota, Fla., and Richard (Maxine) Schellenberg of North Newton, Kan.; sisters-in-law, Mary Troyer of Orrville, Ohio, and Martha Troyer of Tampa, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews and their children.
Cleo knew that his Redeemer liveth, and his family looks forward to a time of joyful reunion.
Family and friends are invited to call at Bracken Funeral Home, 315 N. Center Street, Corry, on Friday from 4 until 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Beaverdam Mennonite Church, 17721 Route 89, Corry. Pastor Randy Carr will officiate.
Burial will be at Lawn Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to Mennonite Central Committee, at MCC. U.S., 21 S. 12th St., P.O. Box 500, Akron, Pa. 17501-0500.
To sign the guest book or send condolences, please visit brackenfh.com.