Jasper Dempster "J.D." Troxell, son of the late Fleary LyCirgus Troxell and Nellie Hughes Dean Troxell, was born Nov. 28,1922, at Red Bud, Ark., and died in the Crowley Ridge Care Center at Dexter on Tuesday, April 19, 2005, at the age of 82.
Mr. Troxell spent his early childhood days in the rural Morehouse area. He began his formal education in the Blodgett community where he graduated from high school in 1941. Mr. Troxell was a self-taught auto mechanic before enlisting in the United States Army in 1943. Returning from the service, he joined his parents in Dexter where they operated the Hillcrest Inn and Service Station. Mr. Troxell served as the shop foreman for the Hap Lynn Pontiac Dealership. In the early 1950's, Jasper worked for the Roy Wilson Flying Service as a mechanic and went on to obtain his pilot license and became an aerial cropduster, flying the BI-wing Sterman airplanes. In 1959, the business was purchased by Mr. Troxell and became known as Dexter Aircraft and was in operation until 1979. At that time, he worked for Weatherford Lamb out of Houston, Texas, until bad health forced his retirement.
Mr. Troxell was instrumental in establishing the Dexter Civil Air Patrol in the late 1950's and was a past member of the Dexter Elks Lodge.
In July of 1958, he was married to Evadean Colyer Cox in Bloomfield.
Survivors include his wife, Evadean of Dexter; two sons, James Dennis Troxell of Dexter and Mark Alan Cox of Puxico; two daughters, Patty Shell and Peggy Kinder, both of Dexter; three grandsons, Todd Kinder and Mark Anthony Cox, both of Dexter, and Travis Kinder of Hot Springs, Ark.; three granddaughters, Chasity McLaughlin of Bixby, Okla., Desaree Owens of Dexter and Michelle Shepard of Bernie; great-grandsons, Blake Cox, Miller McLaughlin, Rallen Owens and Austin Shepard; great-granddaughters, Madison Cox, Abigail Kinder and Kyra Owens; four sisters, Cordia Seabaugh of Fredericktown, Marie Whybark of Carmi, Ill., Lola Mae Mossman of Milan, Ill., and Doris Gaines of Bloomfield.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Michael Cox; three sisters, Reba Orena Murray, Medrith Olevia Walker and Geroldia Odean Hicks.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 21, 2005, at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, April 22, 2005, in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Doyle Corlew officiating.
Interment will follow in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield with full military honors.