Travis Riddick
Travis William Riddick

Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii

Master Sergeant Travis William Riddick age 40 of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii formerly of Centerville, died Thursday, January 19, 2012 in Afghanistan.

Travis was born June 26, 1971 in Centerville, Iowa the son of John and Barbara (Buchanan) Riddick. He graduated from Centerville High School in 1990. Travis married Jennifer Cowherd on April 25, 1998 in Orange County, Virginia.

Following in his family's military tradition, Travis enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. He served his country faithfully for more than twenty years. He currently held the position of Crew Chief with the Marines. Travis was part of the squadron HMH 363 Red Lions, which had the mission of deploying from Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, HI, wielding CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopters to provide heavy -lift capability to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), moving cargo and troops across the battlespace.

As the aviation combat element for the southwestern regional command of NATO's International Security Assistance Force, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) offers air support for coalition forces operating in Helmand and Nimruz provinces.

Travis is survived by his wife Jennifer Cowherd Riddick of Kailua, HI; five sons, BM3 Charles Branch Lovelace of Fort Macon, N.C., twins James Quarles Lovelace and Matthew Ora Lovelace of San Diego, CA, Zachary Cowherd of Kailua, HI, and Levi Mikel Riddick of Bloomfield, IA; a daughter Victoria Grace Riddick of Kailua, HI; his parents, John and Barbara Riddick of Mt. Pleasant, IA; two brothers, Troy Riddick of Kokomo, Indiana, and Tim Riddick of Fort Worth, Texas; his grandmother Beverly Buchanan; two aunts, Pam (Richard) Winegarden of Seymour, Indiana and Theresa Samuel of Melrose, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Tom and Alice Riddick, and Red Buchanan; an Uncle Tom Riddick; and an aunt Patricia Clarke.

Funeral services with full military honors will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, January 29, 2012 at the Simon Estes Auditorium at the Centerville High School in Centerville. A visitation will be held on Saturday at Lange Funeral Home with the family present from 1 to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Riddick Children College Fund and may be given to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at

Published by the Des Moines Register on Jan. 28, 2012.
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We would like to express our deepest condolences and to also let the Riddick Family know that we recently sent Care Packages to American troops in the war zones. Each box carried a dedication sheet that includes the name, service information and a photo of your loved one. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charlie Gili
May 19, 2013
To the family of M.Sgt. Travis W. Riddick:
Travis gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
January 19, 2013
Together...We Will Not Forget...My name is Debbie Elam and I am the Chairman of the Virginia Memorial Quilt Project. Our group is making and presenting a numbered memorial quilt to the immediate family of each soldier killed in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terror with ties to the Commonwealth of Virginia. We have a website at if you get a chance to see the quilts. We have sent 207 quilts as of this date. Please contact me via email or phone at 804-598-0465 and I will get the information from you so we can send you a Memorial Quilt in honor of your soldier. Thank you.
Debbie Elam, Chairman
Virginia Memorial Quilt Project
P. O. Box 534
Powhatan, VA 23139
Debbie Elam
July 2, 2012
To the family of Msgt. Travis W. Riddick:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday 27 May 2012. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served the United States and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Lest We Forget Freedom's Cost.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email ([email protected]) the office, and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 26 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday 27 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
April 30, 2012
I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. I truly feel your loss and pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Travis will never be forgotten.

For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I'm home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I'm only a civilian
And I don't even know if it's allowed

But I salute you; allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
My humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.
I salute you.

For those missing in action;
for those who didn't make it home.
I know you're in God's presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;
for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you .

I Salute You.

Suzanne MacDaniel - A Proud Aunt

SGT. David M. Fisher
KIA 12/1/04 - Iraq
February 12, 2012
We salute your veteran. Our condolences for your loss and gratitude for your loved one's service to our country. God Bless you and your family.

Semper Fi
SSgt USMC (Ret.)
M Haines
February 8, 2012
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your Hero, and my sincerst gratitude for his service. May God grant you peace and strength. Semper Fi MSGT. Riddick.

The Land of the Free, Because of the Brave

Proud aunt of a Hero
PFC Chase Edwards, USMC
KIA 06Apr2006
Renee Owens
February 7, 2012
To the Family of
MSgt. Travis W. Riddick

I wish I had the right words to say at this time, but I know there are none. I grieve for the loss of your beloved son and I know that I cannot fathom the pain you must be feeling. Your son will not be forgotten and what he did to help protect our homeland and our freedoms. It was his life that made him a Hero. It was his noble path that made him an American Hero. It was his ultimate sacrifice that made him a Fallen Hero. May God carry him to Heaven on His precious wings and give him a palace to live in. I pray that our Heavenly Father above will grace you with His love, His comfort and His peace. Heaven's Gates now has a new handsome Marine standing guard. Amen.
D J Sims
February 6, 2012
Travis, our nephew we helped bring home from the hospital when your were born. You will always be in our hearts and lives. We can not find the words to express our grief and how much we miss you. Our lives are forever changed. We love you so much.
Aunt Pam & Uncle Richard Winegarden
February 4, 2012
Rest in peace with our deepest thanks and a promise that you remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Henryk Zaleski
February 4, 2012
OUR son we miss you beyond words.Our hearts are broken. Just to see and hug you one more time time. We would take your place in a heartbeat just to haveyou back!,
John and Barb Riddick
February 3, 2012
My deepest sympathy to u and John. He was a son to be proud of. Bless your family and God grant him peace.
janette Donald Barber
February 3, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the his family and friends. I have had the pleasure of being a Marine alongside of him at various locations. He loved what he did and he will be missed.
Freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.
Hans Heerema
February 2, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the family & friends of MSGT. Travis Riddick. Please know in the days ahead many will be thinking of the sacrifice he made as well his family. A special prayer will be said for his precious little girl.
January 31, 2012
Please accept my deepest sympathy
for the loss of your loved one and
Hero Travis, and my sincerest
gratitude for his service.
God Bless you Msgt. Travis W. will not be forgotten.
Sylvia Kronenwetter
January 30, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to the Riddick family. Travis was a brother who taught me how to be a better Marine. I had the honor of serving with him at HMX-1 and MAG 24. He will surely be missed.

Semper Fi!
The Schram Family
Michael Schram
January 29, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to the Riddick family on the loss of your hero.

Ewing family
Marilyn Ewing
January 28, 2012
My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to you on the loss of your beloved hero.....and my pledge to remember.

Marine Mom
January 28, 2012
The Flag is at Half Staff this Sunday at Vinson Hall, McLean VA
Commander Gaskell
January 27, 2012
Going to miss you brother. You kept the boat fun and taught me alot along the way. You kept me company on night crew, talking about our families and children and how much you missed them while in Okinawa. You'll be missed, they didn't make many like thoughts and prayers go out to your family. God bless.
Jeff Schoen
January 27, 2012
You are my Hero may God keep you in his arms forever.
Gary Allain
January 27, 2012
The Riddick Family,

I am so sorry for the loss of Travis, he is a true American hero. I thank you for the scarf ices your entire family has made.
D Cowling
January 27, 2012
Mel & Vinita Smith, Panora, IA

Thank you to your whole family for your sacrifice.
January 27, 2012
Your light will forever shine in our hearts.

The Woodard Family
Sandra Woodard
January 27, 2012
Dear Riddick family,
Our family grieves the loss of Travis. A true hero. He will not be forgotten. We are deeply humbled by his service and sacrifice. May the love of family and friends carry you through your grief. You are in our thoughts and pryaers.

K. Collins family of Colo. Sgs., CO
proud parents of a U.S. Marine
January 26, 2012
My heart felt sympathies go out to you and your family in this time of grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Georgia Bailey
January 26, 2012
January 26, 2012
My heart goes out to you for the loss of a noble and honorable man. There are no words to describe the loss and hurt we feel when we lose someone suddenly. I will light a candle in his honor.
Kimberly Firtamag
January 26, 2012
The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to MSgt. Travis W. Riddick our Brother in Arms. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Travis. And to Travis it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the supreme sacrifice he made for his country while opposing enemy forces in Afghanistan. No greater love is shown than a man lay down his life for another. Travis, you are a brave Marine Warrior, a true Patriot and a national Hero. With your passing, our Country has lost a National Treasure. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,307 Legionnaire Veterans of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport, Louisiana, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Travis's family and loved ones. Semper Fidelis !

Dennis N. Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
For the Commander, Carroll R. Michaud, USAF Pilot Tng Class 56-U
January 25, 2012
I didn't know you for long but I knew you long enough to know that you had an impact on so many people around you. You are loved by so many. I don't have a picture but I can see you and your wife, daughter and her best friend lounging at the beach on a beautiful Hawaiian summer day.
Patsy Lee
January 25, 2012
It was an honor to serve with you brother

Ryan Condry
January 25, 2012
My heart is breaking and my condolences to Travis family and friends and all the others who lost their lives. As the wife of a Retired Marine, and the mother of a Marine who is currently serving here in Hawaii, every time this happens a piece of us is lost. Thank you for your courage and service Travis you will be missed! Semper Fi Devil Dog!
Sandra Woodard
January 24, 2012
It was an honor serving with you at HMH-462. You were a great mentor and a great boss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. You will be greatly missed!
SSgt Roxanne Edgecomb
Roxanne Edgecomb
January 24, 2012
I wish that there was something I could say that would ease your pain. I can only let you know the pain I feel in my heart for you. I am sorry that I never got a chance to personally know Travis but he will always be in my heart and in my prayers. I will also keep you and your family in my heart and in my prayers. Thank you for raising such a fine young man and a true HERO.
Debbie Nagy
January 24, 2012
From 362 in New River to Hawaii then HMX-1 and back to Hawaii, it was an honor to have known and served with you. You will never be forgotten. My family's thoughts and prayers are with your family. We do what we do because we love it, and that gives me a little peace knowing you were doing what you loved to do, protecting our freedom and training younger Marines to follow in your footsteps. Semper Fi!! You will never be forgotten.
Ryan Warner
January 24, 2012
A honor to have served with you. The world has lost a great leader friend and Marine. Thanks for everything Semper Fi. And god bless
Daniel Horton
January 24, 2012
Such galantry! For his service, his valor, his skill, and his love for his family and country, I say thank you! What a wonderful legacy MSgt Riddick leaves with us. To his famly, I must say I ache for you. I pray God will give you strenght and peace.
June Moody
January 24, 2012
Our family is so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

The Kirton Family
Army CPL Brandon Kirton
KIA May 18, 2011 - Afghanistan
January 24, 2012
Msgt. Riddick, thank you for your ultimate sacrifice to our Country. Our Prayers go out to the family at this time. Peace be with you.
Tierney Family
January 24, 2012
I just want to let you know how saddened I am by the loss of MSgt. Riddick. Although I never met him, just knowing that one of our heroes has fallen causes me to feel the loss also. We are grateful for men like him and all that he sacrificed for us in the service of his country.
This must be such a difficult time for you, and I pray you will receive the peace and Grace that you need to see you through it.
Gloria Foster
January 24, 2012
In recognition of Master Sergeant Travis W. Riddick's Honorable Service in the United States Marine Corps, the members of the SSgt Walter F. 'Trae' Cohee III Detachment # 115, Salisbury, MD as well as the members of the Tri-Cities Detachment # 969, Gray, TN of the Marine Corps League would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude for his service to God, Country and Corps as well as our sincere condolences to his family.


Don Elseroad
Staff Sergeant USMC (Ret)
MCL Detachment # 115 & # 969
Don Elseroad
January 24, 2012
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