Alvin C. Travis
January 19, 1928 - August 4, 2017
Burleigh Township Hall
A celebration of Al's life will be held at the Burleigh Township Hall for family and friends on Saturday August 12th from noon to 4:00 with the eulogy beginning at 1:00 and lunch served shortly after.
Alvin C Travis passed away in his home August 4, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Judy Travis and his children Randy and Sharon Travis, Connie Ott, David Travis, Sirena(Travis)and husband Doug Cox, step-children Kim Payea and Karen Velasquez, Jodie(Robarts)Stroebel, Robin(Robarts)and Bill Gooch, Charlie and Denise Robarts, Jim and Joy Castonguay, Greg Castonguay and Barb Baldyga. Al is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren and his close friend Neil (Slick) Jordan. Al was preceded in death by his mother, Opal and father Carl Travis, brother Norman Travis, grandson Austin Robarts, son-in-law Gene Ott, step-son Rob Castonguay and dear friends Dale Thompson, Terry Winchell and Mel Tressler.
Al was born in Alma and was raised in the little town of Taft where he attended school in the little one room schoolhouse. At age 16 Al left the farm in Taft and hitched-hiked down "Route 66" all the way to California picking up jobs along the way and joined the service after reaching his destination. Al honorably served in the US Navy from 1946 through 1948 and then returned to his hometown area. Al was very talented and well known for playing his trumpet. He had his own band (The Alley Cats) and played in many local bars and town halls and also for wedding receptions. He played with other bands throughout the years and was in great demand to play "Taps" for funerals. Al was a steeple-jack and painted flagpoles, he also worked for Jefferson Trucking for over 12 years. Al owned a successful drywall business for over 20 years until he retired at age 65. After retirement Al still continued to drive semis for Peterson Trucking and Brooks Scrap Yard until 2002. During his life Al rode motorcycles, dirt bikes, bicycles, and loved to kayak down the river, but his favorite pastime was spent in his workshop tinkering and inventing or modifying things. Al loved to take long bike rides and was known to ride his bike from National City all the way to Mio, Bay City or Harrison until the age of 85. Al battled and suffered with heart failure for the past 4 years until the good Lord took him to his heavenly home.
Breaking with tradition (as Al was typical of doing), Al wished his memorial be held with a luncheon at a local hall. Therefore, a celebration of Al's life will be held at the Burleigh Township Hall for family and friends on Saturday August 12th from noon to 4:00 with the eulogy beginning at 1:00 and lunch served shortly after. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Legion or VFW.