Woodward, Okla. — Robert Trotter , 92 year old Henderson, Nevada resident, died August 19, 2012 at Henderson, Nevada. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. in the North Persimmon Cemetery, east of Sharon Oklahoma. The Reverend Junior Zollinger will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home of Woodward.
Robert Addison Trotter was born on October 22, 1919 at Sharon, Oklahoma. He was the second son and fourth child of David C. and Verla M. (Hulet) Trotter and was preceded in death by his entire family. The last and youngest member of Robert’s immediate family, Donald D. Trotter, preceded him in death on November 8, 1977 in San Luis Obispo, California.
Robert attended the Sharon Public Schools, graduating in May of 1938 as Valedictorian of his High School Class. He then attended Woodward Junior College for two semesters, but interrupted his studies to go back to work for nearly 13 years before finishing his bachelor’s degree. In the fall of 1953, Robert entered U.C.L.A. in Westwood, California and graduated in June of 1956 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. During his second semester at U.C.L.A. Robert was honored by being invited to join the PHI OMEGA PHI Fraternity, which is an honorary organization based on scholarship.
Shortly before graduation Robert, accepted employment with the Caltex Petroleum Corporation to work in their rather extensive international operations in various parts of the world. His first and final assignments took him to Indonesia for a total of nearly eight years and at one time he resided and worked in the jungles of Sumatra near the village of Pakanbaru. Robert was then reassigned to the New York headquarters of Caltex for additional training and was sent to Port Harcourt, Nigeria, where he set up an accounting office for a completely new operation involving offshore drilling and exploration. In May of 1963, Mr. Trotter was re-assigned to Caltex’s operation in Tripoli, Libya where he resided and worked for nearly eleven years in what he believed was the most important and productive assignment of his overseas career.
In August of 1973 Robert was returned to Indonesia, after an absence of nearly 13 years, to set up an accounting organization in Jakarta, Java to handle a new drilling and exploration venture in west New Guinea. However, after the death of his father in December of 1973, Robert reluctantly decided to take early retirement. On January of 1975 he returned to the United States to be with his brother, Donald, who was the last remaining member of his immediate family. A few years after the unexpected death of his brother in 1977, Robert moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where he resided until his death.
When Robert was 16 years of age, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and became a member of the First Baptist Church of Sharon, Oklahoma. He was a life-long Baptist and regarded his conversion as the single most important event of his entire life. According to his belief and interpretation of the Bible, Robert is now home with his Lord and Savior and is again united with his beloved family in the "Land that is fairer than Day", where there is no death nor parting and where we’ll never grow old.
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