Marion Travis, age 93, a resident of Chillicothe, Missouri, formerly of Creston, Iowa, passed away of Sunday, November 23, 2014, at the Baptist Home, under the care of St. Luke’s Hospice.
Marion Gilbert Travis was born October 17, 1921, near Loomis, Nebraska to Thomas C. and Sylvia (LeRay) Travis. He was the seventh of nine sons. At age 17, he hitchhiked to Iowa to pick corn during harvest. Later he and his parents and six of his brothers moved to Corning, Iowa where he bought a farm with his parents. In 1962, he moved to his present farm near Creston, Iowa.
Mr. Travis served in the United States Marine Corp during World War II. He was at Okinawa when the war ended, at which time he was sent to Japan to serve with the occupation troops.
Marion was a member of the First Baptist Church of Creston, Iowa. In 2003, he moved to Chillicothe, Missouri to be closer to his family, at that time he joined the First Baptist Church of Chillicothe, Missouri.
Marion found great joy in his faith, family, friends, and farm. Although they had separate farming operations, he and his youngest brother, Bruce, worked very closely together.
Survivors include his three daughters, Marilyn Bethune and husband Bill of Blue Springs, Missouri, Debbie Hershberger and husband Larry of Chillicothe, Missouri, and Dee Alden and husband Johnie of Chillicothe, Missouri; four grandchildren, Travis Seeley of Blue Springs, Missouri, Natalie McKim and husband Daniel of Greenwood, Missouri, Brad Alden and wife Kayla of Kearney, Missouri and David Hershberger of Columbia, Missouri; two great-granddaughters, seven great-grandsons; two sisters-in-law, Betty Travis of Creston Iowa and Mary Jane Travis of Holdrege, Nebraska; and a host of beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Marlene Travis, and his brothers Paul, Thomas, John, Lloyd, Mark, Ross, Paige, and Bruce Travis.
Memorials in honor of Marion Travis may be made to the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall Building Fund, and may be left at the church or mailed to Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N. Washington, Chillicothe MO 64601. Online condolences may be left at www.heritage-becausewecare.com
Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church, Chillicothe, Missouri on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. A family visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be held at Edgewood Cemetery, Chillicothe, Missouri.