Alvin C. Travis

Whittemore, Michigan
January 19, 1928 - August 4, 2017

Service Location

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.

Obituary Notice

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.


Hi grandpa, although I didn't really know you, I've seen many pictures of us when I was a little baby. The one that stays in my memory is we were sitting on the front porch together, I was in a diaper eating on a pork chop bone. You had a big smile on your face and that's how I will always remember you. From what I read about you, you were an outstanding man. So I'm keeping you in my heart, as I have always done, I love you grandpa, till we meet again, your Granddaughter, Vanassa Travis
— Vanassa Ouimet
Al and I played in a Band at Whispering Pines during Deer Season in 1960. We had so much fun. Al could play that horn like you would not believe. He played anything and everything. He would stand next to the Jute Box and play right along with any song that came up. He will be missed. What a great guy.!!
— Dorothy Lehman
Grandpa Al, I remember growing up on the farm and watching you enjoy life and having fun with all of us kids. From taking us sledding, teaching us how to drive the tractors and semis on the farm. Your smile and big heart was always a welcome site. R.I.P. Grandpa you will be missed (Randy's step son)
— Rodney Harper
I had the privilege of knowing Al who was high energy always smiling and very active and some what of a kid at heart always looking for adventure or working on some project he was doing proud to show what he did we had many talks for times we meet up and it would always lead to the love he had for all his family and he will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him . Bye my Friend Rest In Peace Brother Fair Winds Following Seas Sailor !
— Dan Dietz
Al's daughter Connie and I have been friends all our lives. We spent lots of time at Als place together. He always had a big smile and was always happy around us kids. May it help all the family to know he is with God now and in no more pain, Rest in peace Al. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
— Julia Bellor
Judy, So sorry to hear about Albert. May he rest in peace.
You cross my mind quite often. Every time I light a BP candle!

Terri Trudell
— Terri & Tom Trudell
Grandpa was truly one of kind. He had a love of life and having fun. I remember him taking us sledding and ice skating at his house on the river. He taught me how to ride a dirt bike and drive a stick shift. He played the trumpet like no other.... even played at our wedding reception. Thank you for all of the fun memories Grandpa! I love you!! Rest in Peace.
— Tammy DeWyse

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