Bena and Kathleen,
I am so sorry for your loss. Nothing I say can take away your pain, but just know that I am praying for Travis, the both of you, and your entire family. Also know, with God, you will all be reunited again. Until then, take solace in the special memories of Travis you hold so dear.
Kathleen and all, My prayers are with you. Travis was a good man, good to work with at church, and devoted to God. Thinking of you, Angie
Trav was a quiet and deeply faithful person who truly will be missed by all of us. I always would tease him and he would give it right back to me in his own quiet little ways. During the last months, every time I’d leave from a visit or call I’d tell him “don’t take any wooden nickels”. His response would always be the same “I won’t”. When I’d come the next time he’d tell me he hadn’t taken any. On the last day I reminded him again of our standard greeting and he mouthed OK. I know the Lord has a special place for such a special man. Rest in peace Trav and enjoy the music, and keep that tenor section in line.I’ll keep watching for the wooden nickel!
Love Ginny Strueder
When I look back on the life of Uncle Travis there is a huge part of me that feels empty because I didn’t understand him as a man until the last few years. I missed out on 45 years of really getting to know him as a person. Sure, we spent many times together at family reunions, family gatherings, playing golf, bowling, etc but I didn’t take the time to really know him. He had so much to offer me and I didn’t take advantage of that. For that I am deeply saddened. However, when you are in Christ and following Him, things begin to be more clear. Although I missed out on real personal intimacy with Uncle Travis, Christ worked in his life to show me an example. I can look back and remember the steadiness of Uncle Travis. The commitment to his family. His level approach to life. His love for the Lord. I am sorry that I didn’t take advantage of that, however, I am blessed that I can now see that he was an influence in my life and Christ used him in ways that only now am I able to recognize. The scales have been removed from my eyes and I praise the Lord for that and I thank the Lord for allowing me to understand the true impact that Uncle Travis’s life has had on me. Thank you Uncle Travis for being a silent example of Christ and thank you Lord for receiving Uncle Travis into your loving eternal arms. Praise be to God.