Dale Travis dies in Wisconsin
Dale Emery Travis, 94, of Stevens Point, Wis., passed away peacefully with family at his side on Wed., July 10, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wis.
Dale, or “Curly” as he was known to his many friends, was born on Dec. 28, 1918, in Mobridge to LeRoy and Lucinda (Charles) Travis. Dale and his brother Roland were raised by his mother and grandmother after his father passed away in 1920. Dale grew up in Mobridge. In his youth, Dale worked at Truax and Travis grocery store and his uncle’s hardware store. Dale also traveled to Kiel, Wis., in the summer to work on his uncle’s farm.
After high school he became a route salesman for Eddy’s Bakery. It was during this time that he met Doris E. Hiatt. They were married on April 12, 1941.
Dale served in the Army Air Force during WWII. While stationed in California, he was a member of the Army Air Force basketball team that played against the Harlem Globetrotters and the inmates of San Quentin prison. He said, “The inmates didn’t play fair.”
After his discharge he managed Gamer’s restaurant in Helena, Mont. He later joined Swift & Company. After that he worked for Piggly Wiggly Corporation eventually retiring as a regional vice president in 1983. Dale was instrumental in the expansion of Piggly Wiggly grocery stores in the Midwest. He opened two businesses locally, “The Laundry” in 1980 and “Spirits of Plover” in 1983. Dale was an original investor in The Pineries Bank where he was known as the “Grounds Keeper.” Each morning he would empty the coffee grounds, make new coffee and visit with customers. Dale was always there to help family and friends whenever needed.
Dale loved animals, yard work, and morning breakfasts and afternoon coffees with friends. He had a knack for fixing things, or as he called it, “field modifications.” Dale was a life member of the Evergreen chapter of the Masonic Lodge. He will be deeply missed for his love, quick wit and sense of humor.
He is survived by his son, Larry Travis and wife Grace; his son, James Travis; granddaughter, Lisa (Travis) Bishop, her husband Jeff and their children, Taylor and Brendan; granddaughter, Laurie (Larsen) Jordan and her husband Jeff; granddaughter, Kristen (Travis) Schoenbrunn, her husband Mark and their children Luke and Heidi; grandson, David Larsen and wife Denise; nice, Dr. Mary Travis; son-in-law, Roderick Larson; and his beloved cats, Fric and Frac.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, wife Doris, daughter Susan E. Larsen, and brother Roland Travis.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Masonic Lodge, 1578 Strongs Ave., in Stevens Point. Family visitation will begin at 10 a.m. with the service at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the American Heart Association or the Masonic Evergreen Lodge.