Craig Richard Travers(1984 - 2014)

CRAIG RICHARD TRAVERS He kept a stockpile of mustard and took his coffee black. He smiled while looking at you from the corner of his eyes, which were always warm blue and always twinkling. He was loyal to the bone, the most stand-up guy you could ever hope to meet. If you had known him for years, you loved his good heart. If you had known him for days, you loved his good jokes. If you had known him for minutes, you already liked him even if you weren 't quite sure why. Craig Richard Travers was born in 1984 in Somers Point, N.J., on November 2 - a day he tried to celebrate annually from the minute Halloween ended until a week before Christmas. He spent the other ten months of the year making his father Rick proud and his mother Cindi laugh, protecting his little sisters Allison and Elizabeth from boys and one another, teaching his little brother Brian how to be a smartass, rooting on the Illini with his Granddad Al and Grandma Kay, teasing his Grandpa Don and Grandma Carolyn, and trying to beat the rest of the family in pinochle. After being an honors student at Ocean City High School in his New Jersey hometown, Craig went on to graduate from the University of Illinois in 2007 with a degree in economics, and spent the following years "globetrotting," as he called it, backpacking with his favorite college pals throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, and Central America. Danimal, as his friends called him, had a fun-loving soul and was intelligent, adventurous, and cultured, yet he was always calm and poised, patient and fair, gentle, considerate, and kind. Craig passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 29 on January 10, 2014 in the arms of his best friend and the love of his life, his wife Amanda. Craig and Amanda were wed on a hot summer Sunday on September 2, 2012, and shared a marriage filled with relentless laughter, kisses as they passed each other in the kitchen, "I love you" every other hour, and a happiness that will last until the end of time. Craig spent the last months of his life traveling worldwide with his wife, fixing up the house they had recently purchased in Batavia, Illinois, cooking fantastic meals for whoever came to visit, and proving that he was going to be an amazing father as he took care of his little puppy, Paisley. He spent the last week of his life in a place he enjoyed most in the world - the Colorado mountains, snowboarding with his family. Craig was treasured for his selflessness, his friendships were enduring, and he loved his family with such strength that it lives deeply in us forever. He made all of us better. And to my dearest Craig from your adoring wife: i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart) Visitation will be Wednesday, January 15, 4:00 until 9:30 PM at the Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Plainfield. A Celebration of Craig 's life will be held on Thursday, January 16, 12:30 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be private. Craig is survived by his loving family: his wife, Amanda Travers (nee Cecchi of Plainfield, IL); his parents, Cindi Colangelo and Rick Travers; his siblings, Allison Travers, Elizabeth Travers, and Brian Nevitt; his grandparents, Kay and Al Travers, Carolyn and Don Good; his step-parents Brenda Travers and Bill Colangelo; his step-siblings, Nicole Mounce, Christopher Nevitt, Kelly Abdrabouh, and Billy Colangelo; his parents-in-law, Shari and Scott Cecchi; his brother-in-law, Anthony Cecchi; his grandparents-in-law, Don Anderson, Kathy and Bob Cecchi; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandmother-in-law, Phyllis Anderson and his uncle, Steve Good. OVERMAN-JONES FUNERAL HOME &CREMATION SERVICES 15219 S. Joliet Road (Corner of Rts. 59 & East 30) Plainfield, IL 60544 Info:(815) 436 -9221 or

Published in The Herald-News on Jan. 14, 2014