Robert Jay Troxell

Lt. Colonel Robert Jay “Bob” Troxell, 83, Englewood, Colo., died at his home on Thursday after a long and courageous battle with cancer, heart disease and COPD.

He was born in Altoona, son of Robert C. and Verna E. (Coy) Troxell. Robert was a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in agricultural engineering and Kansas State graduate with a degree in nuclear engineering. He spent more than 22 years in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot of multi-engine aircraft. He served a tour in Korea in the late 50s and in Taiwan flying many missions into Vietnam during the mid 60s.

Bob also worked in research and development and was Chief of Test and Deployment of the Short Range Attack Missile (SRAM) and Air Launch Cruise Missile (ALCM) programs. After retirement from the Air Force, he spent 10 years with Stearns Rogers Engineering Company in Denver.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Nell; a daughter, Suann (Strider) Ditzler; and a grandson, Robert (Julia) Bonner, all of the Denver area; and a brother Merrill (Rose), his three children and their families.

Our cherished Bob had many hobbies, including woodworking, jewelry making, fishing and hunting. He also spent several years researching his family genealogy. Bob was a beloved friend and an especially loving husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed by his family and all those touched by his presence.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 11150 E Dartmouth Ave, Aurora, Colo. Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, national processing center, P.O. Box 758541, Topeka, KS 66675-8544. Please share cbondolences at