Lillian “Lolly” Troff, 75, of Trent passed away on Friday, April 10, 2015 at her home. Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in the Messiah Lutheran Church of rural Flandreau. Interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery near Egan. Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids. The family will be present to greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Condolences may be left at www.kahlerfh.com.
Lillian Olson was born on April 4, 1940 at Jackson, MN the daughter of Otmer Levinas and Mable Evelyn (Nagel) Olson. She attended Jackson High School and graduated cosmetology school. Lolly married Robert “Bob” Troff May 24, 1965 in Sioux Falls, SD. Bob and Lolly made their home in Trent, SD with Bob’s job in the grain business. Later the couple established “Troff’s Corral” both training horses and hosting numerous professional level horse shows. Lolly’s passions for horses as a young girl lead her into barrel racing, square-dancing on horseback and chuck-wagon racing. Later, Bob and Lolly purchased the first farm east of Trent and raised beef cattle and horses. Lolly was always actively involved in the livestock, farm management, gardening, and her family. Lolly also worked in and out of hair styling. She was known to cut many local’s hair and keep many ladies looking “pretty” in the community.
If you ever knew Lolly, she was truly “one-of-a-kind”. She had a quick wit, was trustworthy and was known for her sharp tongue. She was always ready to pour a cup of coffee and offer a meal. She was a seamstress, gardener, and canner. Lolly was a sharp-shooter with a rifle and much to her surprise, once became the SD State Arm-wrestling champion when she was 48 years old! She had no grey zones; if you didn’t know where you stood with her, she told you.
Lolly was an “oak tree” as a mother. She stood strong and loved her children, grandchildren, niece and nephews and others she encouraged and mentored. She was incredibly passionate and compassionate for all animals. Lolly is preceded in death by her husband Bob and her parents, Otmer and Mable. Those left to cherish her memory are her sister Nancy Gravley of Jackson, MN, children, Todd Fisher of Sioux Falls, Robin (Fisher) (Jon) Rowe, Kalamazoo, MI and Rodney Troff of Trent, SD; six grandchildren, Chelsea Cullen (AZ), Caitlin Cullen (AZ), Kasey Fisher (OK), Rachel Bedell (OR), Shelby Summers (CA) and Natalie Rowe (MI); and her niece and nephews.