Troy Pagano Obituary

Troy  Pagano
Troy Pagano
Troy Pagano

September 21, 1972 - July 29, 2022
Born in Des Miones
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Troy passed away peacefully at home late Friday night, surrounded by his family. Troy was born a healthy and happy baby on 9/21/1972 to Martina and Leonard Pagano in Des Moines, Iowa. At the age of 6 months old, Troy suffered a massive seizure that would change the course of his future forever. The seizure left him profoundly mentally and physically handicapped and the doctors said that he would only live 2-3 years. As the years passed by, it was clear that the doctors were wrong and he would end up living almost 50 years past their expectations. Troy attended school at Smouse and Ruby Van Meter until he was 21. After school, Troy lived in Des Moines at a home that cares for special needs people.

Although Troy never spoke a word, his life had a tremendous impact on his family and caretakers. He taught acceptance, patience, empathy, compassion, and love which helped to shape the lives of the people closest to him. His life's purpose was to enrich the people's lives that cared for him, and he did just that. If you asked any of his family members what they learned most from Troy, you would hear the phrase "don't sweat the small stuff". A quote from his favorite musical artist, Bob Marley, sums things up well, "Don't worry 'bout a thing...because every little thing is going to be alright". His work here is finished, the lessons he taught are going to live on through our memories and our hearts forever.

Troy is survived by his mother Martina and four siblings. Tony of Waukee and sons Nicholas and Christopher, Gina Pagano-Rude (Jeff) of West Des Moines and daughter Emma and sons Jack and Leo Rude, Frank (April) of Waukee and son Frankie, and Angelina Fisher (Matt) of West Des Moines. He was preceded in death by his father Leonard and brother Joe.

The funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 3rd at 11am with visitation immediately prior from 10-11am at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3663 66th Street, Urbandale. Internment at Glendale Cemetery.




St. Pius X Catholic Church
3663 - 66th Street
Urbandale, IA US 50322
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. Pius X Catholic Church
3663 - 66th Street
Urbandale, IA US 50322
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
11:00 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
12:30 PM