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LeRoy S. Troyer, 81, died at 7:19 PM on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at his home in South Bend. He was surrounded by 13 family members offering memories, love, prayers, and song.
Born November 23, 1937, in Middlebury, IN of an Amish household, LeRoy was the son of Seth Troyer and Nancy (Miller) Troyer. He has been married to the love of his life, Phyllis (Eigsti) Troyer, for over 60 years. Survivors include his wife and three sons; Terry (Cyndi) Troyer, Dr. Donald (Beth) Troyer, and Ronald Troyer, all of South Bend, and seven grandchildren; Kendra (Josh) Drake, Seth (Abby) Troyer, Luke (Macy) Troyer, Weston (Collette) Troyer, Will (Abby) Troyer, Wade Troyer, and Sophie Troyer, and 7 great-grandchildren. He also is survived by three siblings; Esther (Melvin) Mast, Lloyd (Loretta) Troyer, and Edna Hochstetler.
LeRoy Troyer is founder and former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Troyer Group, a firm that offered architecture, engineering, urban planning, interior design, landscape architecture, construction management and integrated services. LeRoy had a broad range of passions and a variety of talents which he effectively used to organize and provide leadership on issues concerning the living standards of people on local, regional, national and global scales. Influenced heavily by an Amish upbringing and Christian faith, he focused his architectural training on such goals as meeting the basic human need for shelter, the elimination of poverty housing, the advancement of global living standards, and increased awareness of environmental, economic and quality of life challenges.
LeRoy was especially committed to eliminating poverty housing. His work with Habitat for Humanity International and his close working relationship with former President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have drawn national and international attention to housing needs in the United States and around the world. A pioneer in the area of Intergenerational Living, he led the planning, design and development of Southfield Village, a neighborhood that serves as a national model for intergenerational living in South Bend, Indiana. LeRoy provided professional services to clients throughout the US and the world and continued his philanthropic work with organizations that promote peaceful, humanitarian support, encouragement and education in a way that empowers individuals to make a better way and life for themselves and their families.
Mr. Troyer was extremely passionate about his family and loved them all dearly. He generously dedicated time serving on many organizational boards such as Bethel College, Fourth Freedom Forum, The Fuller Center for Housing, Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County, MEDA, and Nazareth Village, to name a few.
Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday December 7th and 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday December 8th at Kern Road Mennonite Church, 18211 Kern Road, South Bend, where LeRoy was a founding member and Architect of the Church itself. The Celebration services will be conducted at 3:00 pm on Saturday, also at Kern Road Mennonite Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the following organizations: The Fuller Center for Housing, P.O. Box 523, Americus, GA 31709, Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County 402 E. South St, South Bend, IN 46601 and Hope Ministries 432 S. Lafayette Blvd, South Bend, IN 46601. Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, South Bend is assisting the Troyer Family. Online condolences may be offered at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com
Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County
402 E South Street, South Bend IN 46601
P.O. Box 4488, South Bend IN 46634
The Fuller Center for Housing
P.O. Box 523, Americus GA 31709