Delbert Allen Travis, age 73, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.
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Delbert was born on Sept. 2, 1939 in Harrisville to Carrie and Glen Travis, the youngest of three boys. He grew up in Mikado, graduating from Oscoda High School in 1957. Delbert worked as a foreman at Starboard Industries, retiring in 1994. He worked construction for a couple of years until he accepted a position in maintenance at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital, where he worked until retiring.
Delbert married Carol Indreica (nee Schmidt) on Oct. 11, 1985 and resided in Tawas City. Carol was his best friend and the two of them were inseparable. Delbert was happiest when he was spending time with his family. His wife, children and grandchildren meant everything to him. His face would light up when he saw his grandchildren and never passed up an opportunity to brag about them. He enjoyed attending all their events and cheering them on.
Delbert enjoyed many years hunting with his sons and grandsons and especially loved going to deer camp. He also was an avid gardener, loved his John Deere and was known to have the most immaculate lawn in the neighborhood. Other hobbies included fishing, canning and just being in the outdoors. He attended New Hope Church, where he volunteered his time maintaining the lawn.
Delbert is survived by his wife; sons, Richard Travis (Kim) and Doug Travis and daughter, Denise Lee (Mike), all of Mikado; stepchildren, Teresa Blust (Paul) and Jim Indreica (Theresa), both of Tawas; brothers, Clifford (Cathy) and Leo (Mary) Travis of Mikado; grandchildren, Joanna Griffin, Johnnie Smith, Brooke, Melody, Harmony and Brilee Travis, Sara and Andrew Blust, Ashley, Jimmy, Katie and Kyle Indreica; one great grandchild, Addison Griffin; and nieces nephews He was predeceased by his parents; several aunts, uncles and cousins; as well as a very special cousin, Katherine McNeill.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with service to follow at Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City. An on-line guest registry is available at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com. Per Delbert's wishes, cremation will take place after the funeral service. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.
Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Nov. 26 to Dec. 4, 2012