Michael “Pete” Troxel


Michael “Pete” Troxel, of Erie KS passed away unexpectedly Friday, February 5, 2021.

Pete was born February 12, 1956 in Wichita, KS to Floyd & Francie Troxel. He grew up and spent most of his adult years in the La Harpe / Iola, KS area. 

Pete’s quick witted, adventurous, and free-spirited personality has shined since childhood. He was born to soar. February 21, 1973 (at the age of 17) his parents agreed to his wishes of joining the United States Navy. He wanted to roam throughout life “his way”. This was the beginning (of what became) one of the most memorable chapters in his life. His adventure took him upon the USS Midway between 1973-1975. He traveled to California, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, and many other areas around the world. He was extremely proud of his achievements and anyone that knew Pete would agree that the Navy was forever in his heart! He was full of endless amazing stories. March of 1979, Pete was honorably discharged from the United States Navy.

After the Navy, Pete worked for the City of Iola, the Iola Fire Department and later ended his career path as a Long-Haul Truck Driver. He lived a full life that was overloaded with music, family, love, and many amazing “good ol’ times” (like a perfectly grilled steak with a cold beer)! He had three daughters and eight grandchildren that he loved dearly and cherished throughout his life. Another wonderful achievement in his life that he was extremely proud of.

Pete was a very talented man. His true love (without a doubt) was music! He enjoyed sharing his passion with his family and friends. Playing in bands, making records, or simply adding music to the background of his daily life and travels. He expressed himself through his silly jokes and twisted humor, but if he needed to be serious, you could find that within his music or his writing. He could pick up any instrument and bring magic to the room without direction. His ears and soul led the tune. He was fluent in any instrument, but he definitely favored his guitar and piano.

Pete is survived by his three daughters and their spouses: Angie and Bill Bailey of Lansing, KS, Stephanie and Kris Koerperich of Hiawatha, KS, Libby and Jason Clark of Spring Hill, KS. One sister and two brothers: Cindy and Bill Beckmon of Carlyle, KS, Kerry and Donna Troxel of Adams, WI, Jimmy Troxel & Tammy Johnson of Erie, KS. 10 grandchildren: Brendan, Brandt, Rachelle, Makena, Seth, Hunter, Paxton, Kyra, Breckin and Brinley. Pete is preceded in death by his parents: Floyd and Francie Troxel, and brother Kelly Troxel.

Pete was one of kind and loved by many. He left his mark, that is for certain.


A celebration of life will take place at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the Elks Lodge, 110 S Jefferson Ave, Iola, KS 66749. Family and friends are welcome. We ask that you practice social distancing and masks are required. In the early summer of 2021, Pete’s three daughters will honor his wish of spreading his ashes in San Diego, CA near the USS Midway Museum.


  1. Jerry Hampton on November 1, 2022 at 12:12 am

    Pete was my best buddy from Laharpe. I met him for the first time at Marmaton Valley High School in Moran, Kansas during our freshman year in 1970. We ran together for many years including a year in California while he was serving in the Navy and I in the Army. I saw him the last time when I drove through Iola in 2006. Lots of memories of Pete back in the 70’s. He was my good friend and I will miss him.

    • Libby Clark on November 1, 2022 at 12:13 pm

      Hi Jerry! We appreciate you sharing your story. We miss our dad dearly. Your post brought smiles when we read it this morning. Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun!

  2. Wilma Wintjen on February 27, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    He was a kind friendly neighbor– he enjoyed my goodies and always had kind words– his sense of humor was always present even when he fell and couldn’t get up– RIP my friend — I sure miss you

    • Libby Clark on March 5, 2021 at 9:20 am

      Thank you for your kind words Wilma! I enjoyed meeting you and hearing your stories about my dad. Thank you for being his friend!

  3. Tim Michael on February 17, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    I played in a band many years ago and needed someone to fill in for our lead guitarist, we got in touch with Pete and he jumped at the chance. Absolutely the best guitar player I have ever had a chance to jam with. Take it easy my friend

    • Libby Clark on February 22, 2021 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you for your kind words! He enjoyed his music and everyone else that shared the same passion.

  4. Norman and Rachelle Craig on February 16, 2021 at 6:54 am

    What a beautiful tribute to an obviously extraordinary man- your Dad! May you be filled with peace and love.
    Our sincerest condolences for your great loss.

    • Libby Clark on February 22, 2021 at 3:43 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Norm & Rachelle!

  5. Andy Evans on February 15, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    Bless Pete. We will always be indebted to him for the service he gave to keep America free!

    • Libby Clark on February 22, 2021 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you, Andy!

  6. Barb Troxel on February 15, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    I have many memories of Pete and he will be missed by many.

    • Libby Clark on February 22, 2021 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you for your kind words.

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