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Troy N. Valentine

Thursday, January 31, 2008

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Troy N. Valentine
Troy N. Valentine, 68, of Sioux Falls, S.D., died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008 in the Veterans Hospital in Sioux Falls due to complications following surgery.

Services were held on Jan. 28 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. Rev. Armand Bertrand officiated. Burial was held in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee.

Troy was born on May 12, 1939 in Spencer, to Edward and Ruby (Floodman) Valentine. Early in Troy's life he acquired a stepfather, Lee Howe, who raised Troy and was a great influence in his life. Troy graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1956. Following his graduation, Troy served in the United States Marine Corps from 1956 to 1960. On Dec. 5, 1959 he married Jeanine Struck in Van Nuys, Calif. In January of 1961 he was hired by the Cherokee Police Department, and during his career at the CPD he attained the rank of Captain and also became the Chief of Police. He retired in 1993, and Troy and Jeanine have been residents of Sioux Falls, S.D. since 1994.

Troy's greatest comfort was his wife, Jeanine; his greatest satisfaction was his law enforcement co-workers and friends; and his greatest joy was his children and grandchildren. Troy greatly enjoyed watching them in all of their activities.

Valentine was a member of the Iowa State Police Association and the Iowa State Reserve Police Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather; and his father-in-law, Ray Struck.

Troy is survived by his wife, Jeanine; a son, Troy Valentine and his wife, Leanne, of Cherokee; two daughters, Lori Bruder and her husband Steve, of Sibley and Lisa Hoover and her husband Jeff, of Marshall, Minn.; seven grandchildren - Joe and Karlee Bruder; Alanna and Trey Valentine; and Collin, Cami, and Cassie Hoover; his mother-in-law Helen Struck of Cherokee, and the entire Struck Family.