Travis Owings, 60, passed away Nov. 8, 2012, from complications following esophageal cancer surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Ore.
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Travis was born on Oct. 29, 1952, to John Carl and Jo Ann Owings in Exeter, Mo.
Growing up in the muscle car era, Travis had his fair share. His favorite was his maroon, crinkle-top '64 Chevelle Malibu that people came from all around to get a crack at.
In 1972, he was drafted into the Army and served two years with Alpha Company of the 16th Armored Engineer Battalion in Furth, Germany.
Travis had a love affair with the road. He drove in every industry possible, driving for Cran Trucking, U&R and Circle DE, but his passion was in the woods. He logged in just about every place imaginable in Southern Oregon driving for Janco, Yantzer, Bearcat and CTC. Prior to becoming ill, he drove for Knife River Products.
Beginning at a young age, Dad loved to hunt and fish. He was always looking forward to deer and elk season and imparted his passion for hunting and fishing in all of his kids. He treasured that quality time he spent with his kids, family and friends the most.
From childhood, Travis loved motorcycles. His dream was to one day own his very own "hog." Finally, in the summer of 2011, his dream came true and he bought a new Harley. Rain or shine, he could be seen riding his "hog."
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law Cody and Cherryle Owings; daughters and sons-in-law Melissa and Issac Marholin and Sarah and Patches Dee; grandsons Travis James Owings, Andrew Owings and Issac Marholin, Jr. and Jacob and Jaydin Kollmar; granddaughters Talia and Kaylin Dee; sisters and brothers-in-law Carla and Rick Chavez and Leigh and Floyd Frisk; nieces Becky and Michelle Crumrine and families; nephew Jessy Frisk; and numerous great nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John Carl and Jo Ann Owings.
Dad requested a casual celebration of life be held with laughter and shared memories. The celebration will be held at the VFW, 515 Klamath Ave., in Klamath Falls, Ore., on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Published in Herald And News on Nov. 14, 2012