It is with great sadness that we announce that our father, Charles Fredrick Travis has passed. It has been a couple of days now, but it has been difficult trying to form the right words or thoughts. So many good thoughts and many emotions have formed in our minds. He passed on Thursday February 13, 2020; just a few days before his birthday, February 16th. Dad was ill for some time and has been in and out of the hospital with various issues. Most of the family was here when he passed; my brother Chuck and his family and my daughter Stephanie and her family. He is survived by his wife Anita, his son Chuck and daughter Holly, 4 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and 3 step grandchildren and 3 great step grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Bill and his sisters, Janie, Babe, Tootie, Tobie, Sharon and Kay Francis.
Thinking of some great memories that crossed through our minds, my mom remembered that she would always pack Dads’ lunches in brown paper bags. His work mates called him the Brown Bagger and Dad always called mom Big Red.
So many thoughts go through my mind. One day after he was home from the hospital about a year ago I was visiting and playing around with filters for pictures. I took a few of Dad and he had so much fun with it.
My daughter Stephanie was looking through Dad’s hobby shop yesterday and took a picture of something that Dad had on the wall; this just about sums up Dad’s philosophy.
My brother Chuck said something to me today and it is like he pulled the words out of my mind.
“I’m okay with Dads passing; he fought hard for so long. He would get better and then something would come along and try to bring him down; but it didn’t and he just kept fighting until his body just couldn’t fight anymore. I’m of course saddened, but I’m more proud of him for being so strong willed and never giving up. I’m proud that the blood that ran through his veins is the same blood that runs through ours; making us stronger and fighters ‘til the end. We will always love you!!
Services will be held on Thursday February 20, 2020 at 9:00 A.M. at the:
Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery – Marana