Richard 'Dick' Travis -- Grand Meadow

GRAND MEADOW -- A memorial service for Richard "Dick" Travis was today at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Minn., with the Rev. Shelly Olson officiating.

Mr. Travis, 68, of Alexandria, formerly of Grand Meadow and Racine, died Saturday (May 11, 2002) following a long illness with cancer.

He was born Dec. 30, 1933, in Grand Meadow, attended a country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Stewartville High School in 1951. On July 6, 1952, he married Lavonne Swygman at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They lived on a farm near Racine and was a cattle buyer. The family later lived in Cheyenne, Wyo., Gering, Neb., Huron, S.D., and Worthington, Minn., before settling in Alexandria in September 1983. Mr. Travis was a cattle buyer for Packerland Packing until a week ago. A Shriner for 40 years, he played in the Osman Oriental Band and was active in Masonic Constellation Lodge 81 of the Osman Temple. He was also active in the Lions Club and Elks Lodge and enjoyed golf and playing cards.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Pamela (Bill) Beckwith of Fort Myers, Fla., and Kristine (Robert) Brown of Corte Madera, Calif.; three sons, Brad of Omaha, Neb., Randy (Debbie) of Plattsmouth, Neb., and Greg of Southborough, Mass; six grandchildren; his father, Bill (June) Travis of Spring Valley; a brother, Glen (Sally) of Dodge Center; and two sisters, Brenda Travis of Rochester and Judy Travis of Santa Clara, Calif. His mother preceded him in death.

Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria was in charge of arrangements.

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