LeRoy S. Troyer

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LeRoy S. Troyer

November 23, 1937 - December 02, 2018

LeRoy S. Troyer LeRoy S. Troyer, 81, died at 7:19 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at his home in South Bend. He was surrounded by 13 family members offering memories, love, prayers and song.
Born Nov. 23, 1937, in Middlebury, 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 more than 60 years.
Survivors include his wife and three sons, Terry (Cyndi) Troyer, Dr. Donald (Beth) Troyer and Ronald Troyer, all of South Bend; seven grandchildren, Kendra (Josh) Drake, Seth (Abby) Troyer, Luke (Macy) Troyer, Weston (Collette) Troyer, Will (Abby) Troyer, Wade Troyer and Sophie Troyer; and seven 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.
LeRoy provided professional services to clients throughout the U.S. 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 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Kern Road Mennonite Church, 18211 Kern Road, South Bend, where LeRoy was a founding member and architect of the church itself.
Celebration services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 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
Published on December 5, 2018
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Neil & Herta Janzen
Dec 13, 2018
Dear Phyllis and family,

We just became aware of Leroy's death and want to pass on our condolences. We pray that you may experience comfort and peace through the support of family, friends and God's presence as well as fond memories.

Leroy was an incredible mentor to me (Neil) during my tenure with MEDA. His wisdom, creative thinking and affirmation while Chair of the MEDA Board was outstanding. I'll be forever grateful.
Kevin J. Fry
Dec 07, 2018
LeRoy taught me so many things in the 15 years I worked for him that became invaluable on the mission field. He was a passionate tutor, and his boundless enthusiasm has been an inspiration. Susan and I have enjoyed many successes in our 20 years of ministry in Zimbabwe, and many of those successes I have to attribute to LeRoy. His determination to deliver a quality product that would advance God's Kingdom became a template for ministering to AIDS orphans and the poor in Zimbabwe. Because of his tutoring, we are able to minister to literally thousands of Africans whether at our orphanage, our medical clinic, farm, or private school. LeRoy has been a tremendous blessing in my life. Famba...i zvakanaka, shamwari yangu! Travel well, my good friend!Read more