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Stan Travis - August 30, 2009


Thomas Stan­ley Travis, known as Stan, died from heart failure in his home at 605 S. Sherman Ave., Holyoke, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009.

Shirley Ann Travis, his wife, preceded him in death on March 22, 2008. He is survived by his three children, 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, as well as his three brothers and four sisters.

Stan was born in Imperial, Neb. to Percy Thomas and Winnie Marie (Lorenzen) Travis on Nov. 7, 1926. While growing up, he first lived in Imperial, then on a farm southwest of Imperial, before finally settling on a farm east of Holyoke.

After graduating from Phillips County High School in Holyoke, he joined the Navy in 1944 and served as a Radarman in USS Charles Bronson (DD 668). He served during World War II and then until June 1946.

While attending the University of Colorado, Stan married Shirley Sagehorn on Sept. 12, 1948. Stan and Shirley ranched in the sand­hills southeast of Holyoke for two years, then moved to a farm and ranch near the Percy Travis home-place where they farmed and raised livestock until 1961.

During these years in Holyoke, Shirley gave birth to Tom, Lanette and Jon Before returning to farm on the home-place with his father, the Travises lived in Brush and Fort Morgan, where Stan worked at various jobs and Shirley taught school.

Stan returned to Holyoke in 1975, where for the rest of his working life he farmed at the Percy Travis home-place before retiring in 1996. Since 1984, Stan and Shirley lived on Sherman Ave. in Holyoke. They were members of Zion Lutheran Church.

In both Holyoke and Brush, Stan served as commander for the VFW and American Legion.

Stan will be remembered for his generosity, his unwavering support for young people and their activities, his remarkable kindness to everyone he knew, his unusual mental and physical strength and his love of family.

Funeral service was held Sept. 4 at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke, with Pastor Gary Rahe officiating. Interment followed in Holyoke Memorial Park.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.