George Trobaugh of Barnett & Ramel Dies at 59


OMAHA, Neb.—George Trobaugh, special projects manager for Barnett & Ramel Optical, died in an automobile crash near Omaha on Nov. 21. He was 59 years old.

Trobaugh was driving a pickup truck which skidded off the road and hit a tree, killing both him and friend and colleague, Frank Besch, president and CEO of Barnett & Ramel. There were no other passengers in the car. Local authorities said icy road conditions were a factor in the accident.

Trobaugh was born June 9, 1954. He served in the U.S. armed forces in Vietnam.

Trobaugh started in the optical lab business in 1996, working for Dr. Jerry Larsen in Casper, Wyo. 1996. Larsen introduced him to Frank Besch. He continued to work with Larsen until he opened his own lab, Activision, in 2000 in Casper. Besch then bought Activision, and Trobaugh began working for Barnett & Ramel. He acquired his ABO in 2002.

Trobaugh is survived by his daughter, Bailee Trobaugh; stepson, Blake Stevens; father, Don Trobaugh; sister, Anne (Craig) Carlsen; nieces and nephews; girlfriend, Lisa Stasi and her family; and former wife, Ricky Trobaugh.