Dr. Vernon Earl “Pete” Troxel, age 88, died November 13, 2016 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.
Troxel was born to Averil Fay Laiser Troxel and Bernard Dallas Troxel on November 12, 1928. His early life was spent in Wapella, Illinois, where he attended elementary and secondary school. He was graduated from Wapella Community High School in 1946.
He married “the love of his life” Barbara Cherine Williams at St. Joseph, Missouri on June 3, 1961. They had two sons, Peter Allen Troxel and Steven David Troxel. Except for two years in Lawrence Kansas and two years in Kathmandu, Nepal they were residents of Stillwater, Oklahoma. Cherine died on April 5, 1990.
Working with children and youth was both vocation and avocation for him. He held three degrees in education: B.S. in secondary mathematics from Illinois (State) Normal University (1949), M.Ed. in elementary education (1955) and Ed.D. in curriculum studies (1959) from the University of Illinois. He was a member of the education faculty at the University of Illinois, University of Kansas, and Southern Illinois University. He completed his career as a professor on the faculty of the College of Education at Oklahoma State University from 1963 until his retirement in 1990. He taught middle school mathematics at Forest Park, Illinois from 1949 to 1955 with two years of service in the United States Army with the 521st Military Police at Fort Belvoir, Virginia during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. During a sabbatical from OSU, he worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (U.S.A.I.D.) with the Nepalese Ministry of Education in Kathmandu, Nepal helping to write and edit elementary mathematics textbooks from 1968 to 1970. He was a Scouter for 25 years and is the father of two Eagle Scouts and the grandfather of another. He taught Sunday School classes in Lawrence and Kathmandu and was a teacher trainer for the Kansas Conference of the United Methodist Church. He coached recreational league baseball, basketball, and soccer. In his retirement he was an avid golfer, softball player, and swimmer. During each season, he played on several senior softball teams in multiple leagues. At the high point, he played in almost 200 games in one year.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in law Peter and Shannon Troxel of Tulsa, by his son Steven Troxel of Stillwater, and by his grandsons, Daniel Troxel of Stillwater and Sam Troxel of Tulsa.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the OSU Foundation for the College of Education Fund and sent to 400 S. Monroe Stillwater, Ok. 74074 or to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) by going to www.umcor.org .
Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strode.com.