Trojan, Gregory Charles
A beloved husband, son, godfather, cousin, nephew, friend and "uncle," Greg passed away peacefully on Dec 15, 2012 in Colorado Springs, CO. His grace and strength of character while he battled an aggressive cancer for a year and half, was an inspiration to those who knew him. Greg was born in Omaha in 1953 to Charles and Marie Ann (Masek) Trojan, an only child. He graduated High School in Omaha in 1971 and joined the United States Navy in 1980. The Navy sent him to graduate school to earn his Masters of Business Administration and also to numerous other government schools. Of note, he was a member of the first crew (plank owner) on the ship USS Fort McHenry. Commander Trojan was a superb manager and auditor but his real love was leading sailors at sea. Lymphoma in 1998, though in successful remission, meant elimination from sea duty and Greg retired from the Navy in 2002 as a Commander. Greg volunteered to be the primary care giver to Roslyn's mother Betty. Upon Betty's death he opened Trojan Associates, Inc, a management consultant company when the couple moved to Colorado Springs in 2006. Greg focused on his beloved family and friends, especially his fellow musicians. A great supporter of Polka music, he was inducted into the Omaha Sokol Hall of Fame in 2007. He was a professional piano and button accordion player and also played drums and the piano. He played with several bands: Basement 3, Ron Nadherny, Dick Janak, Ernie Kucera, Frankie Remar, Eddie Janak, Al Grebinek, Jim Bochnicek, Studio Trio, Leo Lonnie, Coppersmiths, Bored of Directors, Dean Hansen, Lincoln Czech Choraliers, Omaha Czech Brass Band, and many others. He recorded with Frankie Remar, Ernie Kucera, Ron Nadherny, a Tribute to Jerry Mazanec, Studio Trio, and Leo Lonnie. He was also a loyal Corn Husker! He loved playing music. While in the Navy, he would fly into NE from Washington, DC or wherever stationed to play dance jobs, and while in CO, he would drive to NE just to play with bands. He was well known for his great accordion playing and being a wonderful friend to so many. He will be missed. Greg leaves behind his wife, Roz; his dad, Charlie; and so many beloved relatives and friends. His last wish was for everyone to know he went to eternal happiness and peace.
VISITATION Friday, December 21, 2012 6-8pm at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 9 El Pomar Road, Colorado Springs. A CELEBRATION OF LIFE Saturday, December 22 at 10am at St. Paul's. Greg will be cremated and his remains will be laid at rest sometime in late spring with full military honors. An announcement will be made well prior to his burial. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. SWAN LAW FUNERAL DIRECTORS
501 N. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 471-9900 swan-law.com
Published in Omaha World-Herald on Dec. 20, 2012