Wilbur W. Trowbridge

Mar 31, 1918 - Dec 23, 2011


He was born Wilbur Winfield Trowbridge on March 31, 1918, at home in Logan, Iowa. He passed away in his sleep on December 23, 2011 in Sacramento, California. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Sarah, in July; his daughter, Nancy Anne Trowbridge-Stewart; his father, Claude Eugene Trowbridge; his mother, Lois Sophia (Stacy) Trowbridge; his brother, Duane Eugene Trowbridge; and his sister, Phyllis Maaske. He is survived by his sister, Arlene Bloom and brother-in-law, Gerald Bloom of Las Vegas, Nevada, and brother-in-law, Irwin Maaske of Council Bluffs, Iowa. He is also survived by his daughter, Susan Wohle and sons-in-law, Rick Wohle and David Stewart; grandchildren, Eric and Crystal Wohle, Heidi and Mark Souverville; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Kevin, William (Liam) Wohle, Mason, and Claire Souverville; plus several nieces and nephews. He graduated from Logan High School in 1936, where he played football, basketball, and was a member of the school band. After graduation, he traveled to California to live with his uncle and obtained a job in the steel mill. He later got a job at Johns Manville working as an assistant accountant. In 1940 he enlisted in the Army and served until 1946. In 1941 he met his future wife at Mather Air Force Base. During World War II he served as an Advanced Flight Instructor in Marfa, Texas. He later served as a staff pilot for the Western Training Command headquartered in Santa Ana, California. After the war he became the bookkeeper for Superior Meat Packing Company and worked at his wife’s family ranch. When the meat packing company closed, he became interested in air hydraulics. He worked at B and T Hydraulics until his retirement at age 75. He continued working at the family ranch even in his nineties. He was a Mason and a member of Union Lodge #58. He served as a Master of Union Lodge in 1953 and was awarded his 50 year pin. He was the Treasurer of Clay Water District for many years. He also was a member of Cal-Western Seed and member of the Sacramento County Water District Advisory Board. He and his wife also hosted many foreign exchange students. He was a hard worker and had a workaholic disposition. He was an ”All-American” guy who was very adept in many areas: farming, mechanics, cement work, woodworking, electronics, and bookkeeping. He was always there to help a friend in need. He had strong family values and beliefs.He will be missed by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Susan G. Komen Foundation , 2443 Fair Oaks, Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95825, or to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817 or to a charity of your choice . His memorial service will be held Sunday, January 29, 2011, at 11:00am, at the Harry A. Nauman and Son Funeral Chapel, 4041 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95833, with reception following the service at Vizcaya Pavilion, 2019 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95818. Interment will be private.

Funeral Home:
Harry A. Nauman & Son
4041 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA
US 95822

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