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Travis Johnson Celebration of Life is Thursday at Kesling Funeral Home

Celebration of Life for Travis Johnson, 40, of Mobridge, will be held at 7 p.m. at Kesling Funeral Home on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.
Inurnment will be in Mobridge City Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home.
Travis passed away on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.
Travis Steve Johnson was born on May 16, 1978, in Cheyenne, Wyo., to Gloria Renea Johnson and Steve Gracia.
In 1981, Travis, along with his mother and two sisters, made the trip to Mobridge. Mobridge was Travis’ hometown from 1981 until his unexpected death on Sept. 1.
Travis attended Wakpala Head Start, Freeman Davis School and Mobridge High School until the eighth grade. While in high school, he joined cross country and liked to hang out with his friends, ride his bike and watch TV.
His first summer job was on the Summer Youth Program. In 1995, he started working at the Wheel Family Restaurant as a dishwasher/waiter. He enjoyed working there, earning his own money and meeting lots of different people.
In 2001, his health started to get bad around the time of his older sister’s death, Tonie Eveland. That left Travis, his mom and sister, Dawn Johnson. Then in September of 2006, his mother passed away too, and this was hard on Travis. Travis’ health problems started at birth when he was born with a hole in his heart the size of an egg, which required many surgeries for repair. In 2001, he received his first pacemaker, which helped him continue the things he enjoyed doing, such as hanging out with friends and driving his prized possession, a 1993 green Grand Am. You could always see him washing and polishing it to shine, and taking it on trips to Aberdeen, Bismarck, N.D., and Gillette, Wyo.
Travis also enjoyed going to coffee in the evenings at Lucky’s Gas-N-More with his friend, Roger Nordstrom, and he enjoyed playing pool, which he was pretty good at.
Travis was taught by his grandmother that you work hard in life to get the things you want in life. His mother taught him that life is what you make of it and you don’t blame anyone else for how your life may work out.
Travis is survived by his sister, Dawn Johnson of Mobridge; step-brothers, Jay (Sherri) Johnson of Gillette, and Dustin Johnson; step-sister, Samantha Hatton of Gillette; grandmother, Edna Huber of Rapid City; and many nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and close friends.
Travis was preceded in death by his mother, Gloria, in 2008; older sister, Tonie, in 2001; and his grandfather, George Huber.