Last Updated on November 13, 2015 by cassnetwork
Born March 7, 1931, in Metea, she was the daughter of the late Albert W. and Gladys E. (Doud) Shoup.
On May 29, 1942, in the Metea Baptist Church, she was married to Harold E. Troutman. He preceded in death January 31,2011.
Clara Alice was a 1949 graduate of Metea High School. She was also a graduate of the Indiana Business College. She worked as a bookkeeper at Thomas-Everman-Meyers Company and later at Gerhart Feed & Grain. Many will remember the excellent meals at the Four-County Counseling Center where she worked as a food manager and bookkeeper.
A lifetime member of Metea Baptist Church, Clara Alice served on the missions committee. She also enjoyed helping with Bible School. She helped organize the concession stand the church provided at area auctions.
As a child, Clara Alice developed a love for 4-H that has lasted a lifetime. It continued on through her children, grandchildren and will no doubt continue with great-grandchildren. She showed beef and excelled in baking as a youth. After 4-H, she and Harold were active in Rural Youth. For 51 years, Clara Alice served as the Bethlehem Helping Hands 4-H leader.
Every year, for 50 years, she organized the food committee for Pancake Day. She chaired the Food Service Committee and worked Fish Fry dinners, Home Ec concession stand as well as other catered events at the Cass County fairgrounds. She served on the board of the Cass County 4-H Fair Association and the 4-H Council. Her life revolved around 4-H.
Clara Alice was a member of the American Angus Association and supported her children as they showed cattle at the county and state fairs as well as state and national livestock Angus Beef shows. She enjoyed bowling, euchre, fishing and camping. Along with being an excellent cook, she had a huge garden. She was the number one cheerleader at every sporting event or activity involving her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Surviving are one daughter Ruth Ann Miller of Rochester; three sons, James Troutman of Logansport, Joseph (Diana) Troutman of Flora and John (Karen) Troutman of Galveston; one sister-in-law Karen Shoup of Twelve Mile; eight grandchildren: Christi (Aaron) Rush, Kevin (Amy) Miller, Amy (Grant) Rentschler, Ryan Troutman, Andrew Troutman, Nathan Troutman, Michelle Porter and Craig Troutman; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers James (Shirley) Shoup and Robert (Elsie) Shoup and an infant sister.
A funeral service celebrating the life of Clara Alice Troutman will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17th in Fisher Funeral Chapel with Pastors Bruce Russell and Tyler Murphy officiating.
Burial will follow in Metea Baptist Cemetery.
Family and friends may call form 4-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16th in the funeral chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cass County 4-H Fair Association.