J.D. Trotter | 1924-2017

Published Saturday, December 16, 2017

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J.D. Trotter

J.D. Trotter, 93, of Bivins, died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Bivins.

Graveside service is 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, at Aurora Cemetery in Aurora with Dwight Trotter and Burch Wallace officiating.

Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

J.D. was born Oct. 26, 1924, in Coleman County to Delmar and Josephine (Kelley) Trotter. He served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1945. As a young man, he earned The Presidential Unit Citation, A Sear Service Deployment Ribbon, the Navy Overseas Service Ribbon, The World War II Victory Medal, The Asian Pacific Campaign Medal, The American Campaign Service medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon for his courageous service during World War II on the USS Aaron Ward, including the rescue of his fellow seamen after the destruction of the destroyer by kamikaze pilots off the coast of Okinawa. He refused to abandon ship and was responsible for the rescue of untold numbers of his fellow servicemen from the Pacific Ocean. He served courageously, faithfully and selflessly.

J.D. was employed for 27 years until retirement from Bell Helicopter where he worked as an aircraft assembler.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Barbara Lou (Sammy) Jeffrey Trotter and Christine Brewer Trotter; and children Cecil Brennan Trotter and Candice Pierce.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Rheid Rice of Fort Worth; numerous children, stepchildren, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; along with many other family members and friends.

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