Travis A. Colton
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Travis Alexander Colton, 29, of Russellton passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, April 27, 2016. He was a beloved son of Terry A. Colton and Frances Gale Colton; brother to Mindy (Adam) Reese, Mark (Ashley) Clover, Jason Clover, Melina Colton, Christian Colton, Levi Colton, Seth Colton and MaryRose Colton; uncle to Abigale, Sebastian and Caleb Reese, Jonah and Penelope Clover and Kaya Rayne Jackson; also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Travis was the fourth of nine children, grandchild to Floyd and Rose Winningham and the first Colton grandson to Frank and Patricia Colton. His talents, like his smiles, were endless. A graduate of Deer Lakes High School, Travis was an entrepreneur with his own roofing company, musician, writer, storyteller, architectural artist and stand-up comedian. Travis battled a demon for roughly the last seven years. She made him feel inspiration for only a brief moment in time and then she was gone. Travis chased her and she had his heart. He fought to leave her and eventually left her many times and was better, but she always made her way back into his presence and the cycle would repeat itself. Eventually she took Travis's life. Heroin. She has taken the lives of many. We are not alone. This is an epidemic that is in fact a disease and it needs to be treated as such.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer, where parting prayers will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, followed by Catholic funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, Russellton, with the Rev. James P. Holland officiating. He will be privately laid to rest next to his grandmother, Rose.
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Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Apr. 30, 2016.
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May 4, 2016
to the colton family iam sorry for your loss I lost my brother the same way on 12/25/11 Christmas morning
May 2, 2016
My deepest sympathies to your family for your loss of Travis from this disease. Some of us are doing what we can to help people with the same and similar ailments. Addiction is a horrible disease!
Allegheny Valley HOPE
May 1, 2016
Our rosaries and prayers are for all of you and Travis.
And for all who suffer in this way. Thank you for caring for others by sharing. May His peace come upon you as you continue. Much heart felt love Curtis&Amy McQuaidefamily from cheer homeschool SMI group
Curtis&Amy McQuaide
May 1, 2016
Our prayers are with you and your family.
Barbara and Bill Brazer
May 1, 2016
Although I didn't know Travis personally, I've known many like him and I feel deeply for their struggle. May he find peace now. And may his death not be in vain. The fight to recognize his "demon" as a real health crisis is critical. Rest in peace, Travis.
Veronica Brestensky
April 30, 2016
I didn't know him but I'm so very sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace
Alecia Staudenmaier
April 30, 2016
we'll all remember your laugh and smile and the brave fight you endured, let god comfort you in your journey. luv you
uncle frank & family
April 30, 2016
I didn't know Travis or your family, but I know of this demon that also took my cousin's son last year when he was just 26. God Bless you for sharing Travis's story.....I pray your courage in sharing will prevent others from having to feel this pain
Lynda Davis
April 30, 2016
Beautiful, beautiful boy.
Vicki Gordon
April 30, 2016
My Thoughts and Prayers are with you all. God Bless! ♡
Rhonda Evanson
April 30, 2016
To the Colton Family: My sincere condolences for your loss.May God
give you healing because He has already given you courage to speak about this epidemic. Blessings to all- Dianne LeSueur
April 30, 2016
I didn't know Travis but I know of the struggle. I light this candle for him and his family and all the family's who have lost someone they loved.
April 30, 2016
So sorry for your loss of Travis no words can ever make it easier. I hope that the honesty of his obituary is able to prevent even one family from what yours is feeling and living. May you find peace one day again. Thoughts and prayers for comfort our being sent for your family.
Elaine & Russ Plumbo
April 30, 2016
Yes you are so right she (heroin)is the devil .my heartfelt sympathy.everyday we lose precious people to this disease. This can happen to any family holds no predudice. I'm a mother who knows and cares ( tears) God Bless you.
April 30, 2016
I am truly sorry for the loss of your son. Thank you for the honesty in his obituary. My brother was stolen from my life due to his addiction to herion. I share your pain
Paige Barckhoff
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