Jefferson “Karma” Troester lived life with a zeal that was hard to capture, said his family.
Mr. Troester, 43, of Claymont, Del., who fulfilled a childhood dream in 2010 by becoming a train engineer, died Friday, May 18, when a roll of newsprint fell on him as he opened a railcar door at the Inquirer and Daily News’ printing plant in Upper Merion.
Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Troester grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania, where he was involved in the Boy Scouts and graduated from Oxford Area High School in Chester County.
Mr. Troester served in the Air Force in the late 1980s. After returning, he went into automotive repair, specializing in Volkswagens and kit cars. He went on to become a welder and millwright before he was hired by the Upper Merion & Plymouth Railroad.