John Troutwine Jr.
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1919 - 2013
John was born December 27, 1919, in Sacramento, California to John and Augusta Troutwine. He was raised in Auburn, where he assisted his parents in running the family service station. He also attended Placer High School and Placer Junior College.
He joined the Navy in 1941 as a pilot. When the U.S. entered World War II, he served as a flight instructor for fighter pilots in Corpus Christi, Texas and Pensacola, Florida.
Later in the war, he served on the Carrier, USS Nehenta Bay, in the South Pacific, where he fought primarily in the Mariana Islands, Tinian, Saipan and Guam.
After the war, he met and married Kerry Luhta, in New York. John and Kerry lived on the island of Guam and in Coronado, Calif., before he retired as a Lieutenant Commander.
They then moved to Nevada City where they sold Packard cars until 1956. The Packard sign can still be seen on the same building that now houses Packard Discount Carpet.
In the 1960s John and Kerry opened Troutwine Real Estate in Grass Valley. They sold homes and properties to folks in the area until 1975 when they retired.
John was preceded in death by his wife Kerry and son, Craig. He is survived by his children, Jack Troutwine, Linda Derick and son-in-law, Mitch Derick.
A memorial service for John will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 2 p.m. at The Love Building, Condon Park 660 Minnie Street Grass Valley, CA 95945.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Mar. 6, 2013