Frederick Edwin Trogdon
Saturday 5th of December 1936 - Saturday 18th of December 2021
Milward - Southland
391 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY
Frederick Edwin Trogdon, beloved dad and friend, passed away December 18, 2021, after a long and hard-fought battle with heart disease at the age of 85. Fred was born to the late Alfred Isaac and Florrie (Flanders) Trogdon on December 5, 1936, in Waycross, Georgia.
Fred graduated from Waycross High School in 1955 where he excelled in sports. He lettered in 4 sports: football, baseball, basketball, and track. He was the captain of the football team his senior year and received the Most Valuable Player and Outstanding Blocker trophies. Fred was also an outstanding baseball player. He received All-Star recognition and played in the North-South All-Star game in the Atlanta Braves Ball Park in 1955. Fred went on to graduate from Southern Tech University and made his way to Lexington as a civil engineer and draftsman.
Fred, a loving father, devoted husband, and friend, was a man committed to service throughout his neighborhood, his Lexington community, and his state. Once Fred met his bride, Jean, he adopted Lexington, Kentucky as his hometown. He never looked back, putting down deep roots in Lexington, raising his family and seeking ways to serve. He was an active member of the Jaycees, dedicated his cause to children, and led the way to the construction of the playground at Shriners Children’s Hospital on Richmond Road. Fred became a constant in the Grassroots Chapter of the Democratic Party as he worked tirelessly in his district for candidates.
Fred gave selflessly as a Scout Master. He watched the members of his troops become incredible young men over the years, and they kept in touch. Several came by the house around the holidays to visit with Fred and Jean and this brought them so much happiness. Later, after Fred retired from Quest Engineering, he devoted time to the children of Harrison Elementary as a member of Kiwanas and their vision of pairing members with classrooms of younger students in order to promote literacy. He also volunteered at multiple soup and chili benefits for the students and worked with fellow Kiwanians on the Backpack Weekend Project, which ensured the children would go home with a backpack of food and essentials for the weekend.
Fred was a man dedicated to his family, his friends, and his community. He was a true believer in service and until his body betrayed him, he volunteered and tried to serve those that meant the most to him. He was active in the Stonewall Community Association, past recipient of the Steve Banahan Award, served on the State Board of Elections, and had been active in the Fayette County Democratic Party.
Fred loved the tangible feel of a newspaper and then discussing all he had read, along with an extra cup of coffee. He loved books and maps. Even though his sight was leaving him, Fred loved deciphering and learning. He loved his wife and spoke with her every night. Though Jean had passed away in 2019, Fred said they had many long talks and he missed her so very much. He no longer needs to miss her as they are walking hand-in-hand with God as they did here on earth. Only our hearts are broken, and he is healed for eternity. We love and miss you so much.
Left to cherish his memory and survive this great loss is his daughter, Mary Grace; beloved son-in-law, Todd; daughter-in-law, Pamela (Jim) Lawless, and his brother, Robert E. Trogdon. His dear friends and wonderful neighbors also survive him. In addition to his parents and loving wife, Jean, his son, Edwin and brothers, Sam and Alfred, preceded Fred in death.
A memorial gathering to celebrate Fred’s life will be from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Friday, January 14th at Milward – Southland located at 391 Southland Drive.
In honor of Fred’s legacy and in lieu of flowers, please direct memorial contributions to Bluegrass Care Navigators, 1733 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY 40504 or to the Lexington Humane Society, 1600 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40504.
To share a remembrance of Fred or to offer condolences to his family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.
Dear Mary Grace, I was shocked and saddened to learn from the paper yesterday of the passing of Fred. Mona and I considered both he and Jean among our closest friends. They will be missed. You have my sincerest condolences. We always looked forward to our periodic group eat outs. I also enjoyed Fred at the weekly Kiwanis meetings before CONVID. We had a lot in common. I will not be attending tomorrow but my thoughts will be with you. Please express my sympathy to your other family members also. Sincerely, George
Mary Grace and Todd and family members, How very sad to read of Fred's passing. He was such a delightful man. I spoke to him last fall and he was thankful to be at home receiving care and having Mary Grace and Todd on hand to visit and help each day. He and Jean together made a memorable pair with their love of life and sense of fun. I had the pleasure to be a member of the former Stonewall Garden Club of which Fred and Jean were active participants. Fred will be missed. With my condolences and best wishes, Liz Pattengill.
Alisa Richardson and Shirley Hughessays
Mary Grace, We just recently learned of your Dad's passing & want to send our love, support and sympathy at this sad time. Fred was always so full of happiness, joy & smiles! Being next door neighbors for over 50 years with he & Jean has enriched us with many happy, fun memories of them. They were always there for us no matter what, and we feel truly thankful and blessed to have shared in their lives. We will keep them close in our hearts always. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. With our love, Shirley Hughes Alisa Richardson
To my cousin who was kind spirited and had a big loving heart. I didn’t get to visit him and Jean very often but enjoyed every minute of our visits when I did . He truly loved his family and when ever we talked on phone he never hung up with out telling me he loved me. Will miss you Cuz.