Richard Dean Troudt

richard troudt


Richard Dean Troudt


Richard Troudt was born on May 2nd 1940 to the parents for Louie and Josepha Troudt in Fort Morgan, Colorado. He is survived by siblings Hank Troudt, Dorothy Wann and Patricia Sierra. Richard (Dick) grew up in Fort Morgan Colorado. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy where he served for 2 ½ years and was honorably discharged. Dick worked for ArmCo Steel for several years. In his early 20’s he met and fell in love with Ruth Kaus from Weldona, Colorado. They married on April 20th 1963 and moved to Denver. They had three children, Doug Troudt, Sheryl Flores and Teresa Collier.


Dick followed his passion of cars and owned a service/gas station for several years. He worked at George Irvin Chevrolet as a mechanic for the majority of career and then owned his own shop again, Colorado Car Care. He finished his career working on vehicles out of the 6 car garage that he built at his home. During his late twenties he built his own dragster and raced at Bandimere Speedway. He had built several other cars as well. Dick led a full and adventurous life. Some of his passions and highlights in life were going fishing, camping, 4 wheeling, elk hunting, attending Denver Bronco games, going to a Bronco’s superbowl, going to the Daytona 500, watching his son race at Bandimere Speedway, fishing in Canada, watching Nascar and cruising lakes in his boat. He even tried down hill skiing once.


Dick had an amazing talent for fixing just about anything. He always said it wasn’t broken because he knew he could fix it. He was always the one to call when someone’s car broke down and needed help fixing it and he was always willing to help.


He was a wonderful father, husband, father in law, uncle, brother, friend and finally a grandfather at the age of 70. Dick shed tears of joy the day his granddaughter Isabella was born and she has had him wrapped around her finger ever since. Family and friends have always been a big part of Dick’s life. He has remained friends with several his entire adult life. Almost every holiday, vacations and summer camping trips were shared with family and friends.


Dick was also the strongest man. The last few years he 3 fought and beat lung cancer 3 different times. There were many days that he felt horrible, but he kept fighting the fight and would never give up. He even had 2 total hip replacements this last year and amazed his doctors at how well he recovered.


Dick had many admirable qualities and was loved by many. He will be greatly missed, especially by his children and granddaughter. Until we meet again…..Cheers!!!!


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  1. Our hearts are saddened at your loss.  While we did not have opportunity to know Dick well we feel we knew him through his three special children.  It is obvious he loved his children, son-in-laws and granddaughter.  May you find comfort in your cherished memories.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Our hearts are saddened by your loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Troudt family during this very tough time.

  3. Dearest Sheryl and Family,

    I was shocked to hear of your dad's passing and so sad, as I lost my father a little over 4 years ago.  Our dad's are and will always be special to our hearts.  I'm so sorry I'm not able to be there for the services, but want you to know that those special memories will always be a part of your lives, always. You are in my thoughts and prayers, God Bless you!

  4. I'm sorry that your dad passed away.  When I was first married, I used to help him at his service station and in return, he taught me almost everything I know about auto mechanics.  I remember the first time he asked me to tear a Holley carburetor apart, clean it and then he'd show me how to rebuild it.  Awhile later, he came back to check on me just as I stuck my hand holding the cleaning brush into the vat of carburetor cleaner.  He immediately started yelling at me to get my blankety, blank hand out of that cleaner NOW and get it under the water.  I understood right away why he was yelling at me because my entire hand quickly started to feel like I'd just stuck it into a fire.  Dick always wanted to teach me how to repair something rather than just fixing it for me, so I'd learn to do it myself.  I used that same philosophy with my kids.  I could go on and on about the fun & sometimes crazy times we had together, but I don't want to hog the comment page.  I'll miss him!

  5. Well Daddy it's been almost exactly a year since I've heard your voice or felt your arms hugging me. And I still am missing you so much. My life has not been the same without you in it and it won't ever be. You were my best friend, especially the last 5 years, and I would give anything to talk to you again. I loved your stories, even if it was just a recap of the race the day before. I know I didn't always seem grateful but I am. You taught me so much and you probably don't even know that. I was always amazed how you could fix anything. You really were my hero! If I ever needed anything, anything at all, you were there. I may have gotten an ear full about my faults, but you were always there whenever I needed you. Thank you! I don't think I ever told you thank you enough. And for that I will always feel regret. And I'm so sorry that I was such a pain the ass and had such a short temper. You didn't deserve that. I am so sorry that we fought the day before you died. I was being typical Teresa and blew everything out of proportion. And that guilt is something I have to live with now. I am so sorry. I am so sorry that I didn't hug you when you reached out to me. I am so sorry that I didn't tell you I loved you when I left. I was being very selfish and only thinking of my own problems and not realizing the pain you were in. And for that I will never forgive myself. I don't want you to think that I ever felt burdened taking care of you and Momma the last few years. I know that there were so many times that I got angry and acted horrible, and I am so sorry for that. But if I had a choice to do it over again, I would do it all again. But I would try to be more gentle and loving towards you both. And show you how much I truly loved and admired you. You were never a burden to me. I wish I could still be taking care of you and be with you every day. My heart aches for that. I miss you so much Daddy. I pray that you didn't suffer alone for very long. And I know that you are in heaven now and able to breathe. I know that you are watching over all of us, like you always have. Please reach out to Momma and let her know you are waiting for her. She is suffering so much and I think she is scared. She misses you terribly. We all do. Bella misses you so much too. And I promise you, that we won't ever let her forget you. She misses her Grandpa! But Sherry does a great job being her Mommy. I know how proud you must be of both of them. Even though she is young, she will always remember how much her Grandpa loved her! She just said a few days ago how much she misses you. It breaks my heart a little every time she says it, because I so wish she had you in her life longer. I wish I had you in my life longer. I wish we could have gone to a Nascar race like we talked about. I just miss you so much. I'm really having a hard time without you. I keep looking for signs and I did have one finally. I know you are with me. Ok, I'm starting to know you are with me. I think the grief and sadness has consumed me so much that I forgot to feel your presence. But a few weeks ago, I know that was you with me! I smelled you. I felt peace for the first time in so long. Although it didn't last long I am working on it. I know you would want me to be happy and get on with life. But as always, I need you to know that I need your help. Please be with me and visit me often. I will try to be better. I want you to be proud of me. But I will always be Daddy's Girl and I will always need you by my side. You are the best Daddy in the world! And you are missed by so many. But no one misses you quite like I do. Thanks for always loving me and giving me butterfly kisses ~

    I miss you and love you always,
    Your Tootsie

  6. Momma was laid to rest today right next to you Daddy. And this would have been your 54th wedding anniversary! I think it is so wonderful that you two were rejoined today. And it wasn't even planned this way. God was just showing us again of the strong bond you and Momma had and the love you two shared for each other. And I will be forever grateful of witnessing that love, knowing that it wasn't always easy, but you never gave up on each other. You two will forever be in my heart. I'm sure you had everything prepared for Momma, as you always did. Thank you! Now I've got two amazing Guardian Angels. I miss you both so much, but I take comfort knowing you two are with each other once again. Save a place for me. I love you Daddy ❤

  7. I along with my dad Bill Yribia and my brother Larry had the absolute pleasure of knowing Dick. He was a kind and fearless man. We so much enjoyed our hunting trips together. RIP Dick. Say hi to my dad for me. This world is just no the same without you two. Love – Richard Yribia

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