He was born July 28, 1912, in East Peru, Iowa, the son of Martin Beatty Travis II and Nellie Francis Hoover. He married Evelyn Lorraine Brooker-Finch on February 22, 1953, in Winterset, Iowa. She preceded him in death in 2002. He was employed by the Union State Bank of Winterset, Iowa, for10 years.
On February 12, 1951, he was publicly ordained in the ministry by the Grace Baptist Church of Winterset, Iowa. He ministered in churches throughout Iowa, Missouri and Illinois. His last full time pastorate was Bethel Community Church of Fort Scott, Kansas, where he retired in 1983. He then continued as interim pastor for churches in Missouri for 10 years.
Survivors include his two daughters, Janet Ruth Miller and husband, Roy, of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Shirley Brooker Pitman and husband, Don, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri; Four sons, Richard Brooker and wife Barbara, of Cedarville, Ohio, William Brooker, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Timothy Travis and wife, Kerri, of Fort Scott, and Paul Travis, of Roeland, Park, Kansas; and one sister, Wilma Carter of Winterset, Iowa. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Mark Allen Travis of Clarksville, Tennessee.
Pastor Greg Stine and Rev. Roy Miller will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m., Monday, September 25, 2006, at Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. A visitation will be Sunday afternoon from 4-6 p.m. at Cheney Witt Chapel.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bethel Community Church and may be sent to the church or Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main St., P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701.