William Charles "Bill" Traweek formerly of Denison went to be with his Almighty Lord and Savior after a courageous battle with cancer.|
Bill, fondly referred to as 'Papa" was born in Selma, Alabama to the late Jackson Bernard Traweek and Mattie McKnight Traweek of Forrest Home, Ala.
Papa is survived by his loving bride of 54 years, Patricia A. Traweek, daughter and son in law Debbie and John Little of Denison; son and daughter in law, Darryl and Marta Traweek of Austin; son and daughter in law, Don and Lori Traweek of Seabrook. He is also survived by his sister Carolyn Helen. He is preceded in death by his sister, Sally Sellers; and brother, James Traweek.
His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were precious to him. Grandchildren: Courtney Traweek Rau (husband Stewart) and Austin Traweek of Houston, Nick Traweek (wife Brittainy) of Katy, Texas and Jenna Traweek McDonald (husband James) of Houston, Lori Little Whitley (husband Jason) of Denison and John David Little (wife Michelle) of Colbert, Oklahoma. He has four great-grandchildren Tyler, Tana, and Trinity of Denison, Jaryn of Colbert and Liam of Katy. He also was fortunate enough to have many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews all of whom he loved and cherished so very much.
Bill graduated Port St. Joe High School in 1948 as a three-sport letterman in baseball, football and basketball. He attended Vanderbilt University. Following his college days he bravely served his country during the Korean War as a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force and was Honorably Discharged in 1952.
In 1954 he came to Wichita Falls for a short visit with his sister, Sally. While there, he went to work for the Missouri Kansas Texas railroad (Katy) as a Switchman. Shortly thereafter he met the love of his life, Patricia, on a blind date, and they remained inseparable for 54 wonderful years. He retired from the Union Pacific Railroad (formerly Katy Railroad) in 1991 after 37 years of loyal service.
Bill was a bright and witty man who portrayed an enormous positive attitude. He was also extremely strong in his faith. He believed in God with all his heart and loved singing by making a joyful noise unto the Lord. He also loved the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys and The University of Texas Longhorns. One of the many highlights of his life was attending two World Series games, where he watched his beloved Texas Rangers. His positive attitude was contagious! One of his favorite sayings was "if you wake up in the morning, then you have a chance." He never met a stranger; in fact while attending a UT/Texas A&M football game in Austin, he was asked by a Secret Service agent to step aside for the President of the United States. In his natural way, Papa stepped in front of the former President George H.W. Bush and said "Hello Mr. Bush!" The two spoke for a few minutes as if they were childhood friends. He always believed there was no such thing as quitting, and he lived that very thought to his last breath. He always took it upon himself to make people feel better, and he never had a mean word to say. He always had a new joke to tell; those famous "Papa-isms" will remain in our hearts and minds forever.
Bill, Uncle Bill, Dad, Papa, Pop was a Great Man and a tremendous influence on so many people; this world is a much sadder place without him. He will be very deeply missed.
Visitation will be held 6 -8 p.m. Sunday January 19, 2014, and services 11 a.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014. Both visitation and services will be held at Bratcher Funeral Home, 401 W. Woodard in Denison. Graveside services will follow at Cedar Lawn Memorial.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the
or a Youth
Published in The Herald Democrat from Jan. 17 to Jan. 19, 2014