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Philip Troester

Philip Troester, age 67, of Hampton, was called home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on October 12, 2022.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 17th at Monroe Evangelical Free Church, with burial at Salem Lutheran Cemetery prior to the service at 9:30 a.m. Visitation will be from 4 - 6 p.m. Sunday at Monroe Evangelical Free Church. The service will be livestreamed on the Monroe Evangelical Free Church website, https://www.monroefree.com Phil wished memorials to go to Samaritans Purse, Jesus Film Project, or SAT 7. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Philip Clarence Troester, was born on February 28,1955 in York, NE to Kenneth and Gretchen (McCray) Troester. Phil attended St. Peter Lutheran grade school, and graduated from Hampton High School in 1973. He then attended Kearney State College graduating in 1977 with a degree in Economics. Phil married Linda Wessels on January 8, 1977 in Red Cloud, NE. They had four children: Blake and his wife Karisa of Clay Center, NE, Jacqueline Troester of Arvada, CO, Ryan Troester of Chicago, IL, and Blair Troester of Arvada, CO. He passed away of ALS in Aurora, NE.

His love of the land led him back home to farm with his father, and he always said he had the best job in the world. He lived most of his life in the house he grew up in.

Phil's passion was sharing the gospel message, and the joy of his life was his ongoing prison ministry of over 20 years.

Phil leaves behind his wife and children, mother, Gretchen Troester of Hampton, brothers, Gene & Deb Troester of Lincoln, NE, Chris & Jan Troester of Lee’s Summit, MO, Matt & Diane Troester of Mokena, IL, sister, Anne & Dan Daly of Aurora, sister-in-law, Cindy Troester of Grand Island, NE; sister-in-law, Judith & Steve Mangers of Hastings, NE, sister-in-law, Carol & Pat Duncan of Lincoln, NE, cherished nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Troester, brother Richard Troester and sister-in-law, Elaine Schall.

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