Paul D. Trotter, age 79, of Gladstone, Michigan passed away peacefully on Friday, August 25, 2023, at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.
Paul was born on November 22, 1943, in Escanaba, MI, the son of John and Florence (Jewell) Trotter.
He graduated from Escanaba Area High School on June 7, 1962.
Paul served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Milwaukee from 1962-1965, where he met Lorene while she was working there in various jobs.
Paul was married to Lorene Kosovac on June 6, 1966 at St. John’s Cathedral, Milwaukee WI. After a few years in the ‘big city’, they decided to move their young children to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, residing in Escanaba, his hometown, and closer to her hometown of Calumet. After his & Lorene’s retirement, they decided to move to Gladstone to be closer to their grandchildren.
He was a welder for many years, first at P&H in Escanaba, then later at Valmet/Sisu/Partek. He closed out his working years as a groundskeeper at the Irish Oaks golf course, which was adjacent to their house.
Some of his hobbies included following the Detroit & Michigan sports teams, camping with family & friends, golf with his circle of school chums, and hanging out with fellow members of the American Legion in Gladstone. One of the biggest influences on his two sons was his love for the music of Gordon Lightfoot.
Paul is survived by his wife, Lorene Trotter of Gladstone, MI; his children, John (Lisa) Trotter of Gladstone, MI; and Chris Trotter of Nellysford, VA; grandchildren Jaren (Alex) Trotter of Ishpeming, MI; and Ashlee Trotter of Arlington, VA; great-granddaughter Parker Trotter of Ishpeming; siblings John (Darlene) Trotter of Waukesha, WI; Jim Trotter of Rollingstone, MN, and Mary (Bill) Klenz of Charlotte, NC. He is also survived by numerous nieces & nephews and in-laws.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, John and Florence; sister-in-law Polly (Jim) Trotter; and one nephew.
A Celebration of Life honoring Paul will be held on Friday, September 8, 2023 at 2:00 PM at the Oak Bluff Community Center in Gladstone.