Apr 5, 2017 - From staff reportsLeAnne Jane Trosper passed away at her home in Evanston on March 22, 2017. She was 74 years old.
She was born Sept. 27, 1942, in Freeman, S.D., to BenRatzlaff and Alice (Thomas) Ratzlaff. She grew up on the family farm withtwo brothers and two sisters.
She graduated from Freeman Junior College in 1960. She married her college sweetheart, Kenneth L. Trosper, from Wyoming, in 1961. She was the proud and devoted mother of Lesa, Holly, Jevon, Jamie, James and Robert.
A lifelong believer in the power of education, she later in life returned to school to earn her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Wyoming in 1986. She began her 31-year career in nursing soon after and continued to follow her passion for nursing until the day she journeyed home.
During those 31 years, many of which were spent in Evanston, she co-owned a restaurant, supported her children, welcomed her grand- and great-grandchildren into the world, befriended many people and traveled the world.
She also was in the Army Reserves as a field nurse in the 98thGeneral Hospital in Nuremberg, Germany, during Operation Desert Storm. She was awarded an Army Service Ribbon and a National Defense Service Medal for her service.
"She was the foundation of her family and was the personal confidante and safe space for children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren," loved ones said. "She was the cheerleader of their triumphs and the balm for their failures. She was a model of strength and compassion for many. She showed unconditional love, gracefulhumility and infinite compassion, indomitable resolve, unquestioning devotion, and always putting the well being of family, friends, her patients and even her pets at the center of her life."
Her pets were cats Snickers, Alley Cat and Lucky and her poodle, Bucky.
She had many hobbies, including collectingFenton glass lamps, novels, movies, and items from around the world.She also enjoyed gardening and watching basketball - particularly her favorite team, the Utah Jazz. She was the historian and archivist for her family, amassing a large collection of family photos and various chronicles of her family's history. She was an Elvis fan, enjoyed making porcelain Christmas Villages, and loved Ford Mustangs.
She is survived by her ex-husband, Kenneth L. Trosper and his wife, Karen; daughters Lesa and husband Travis and Jamie and companion Dave; sons Jevon and wife Glenda and James; grandchildren Joshuah, Chloe, Ronald, Shaina, Skyy, Steven, Wyatt, Natiun and Wakiza; great-grandchildren Jamien, Namba, Nakoa, Nuriah, Alexus, Azlynne and Andreas; her brother, Willis; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives in South Dakota.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Alice Ratzlaff; brother,Glenn Ratzlaff; sisters Lois Massey and Marjorie Roesler; daughter, HollyTrosper; son, Robert R. Bell; grandson, Christopher Trosper; and niece, Geraldine Hendrickson.
Her wishes were honored, and she was cremated with a small ceremony with close family present. The family will be holding a celebration of life in Fremont County, where she raised her family, and in Evanston where she made the last part of her life. The dates will be announced at a later time. Anyone wishing to stay up to date on the memorial or to contribute pictures, stories orany memories for the memorial may do so by sending them to email@example.com
Services are provided by Wind Dancer Funeral Home.
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