Obituaries

Robert "Rob" John Travis Jr.

November 4, 1963 - October 16, 2019

Robert John “Rob” Travis Jr., 55, of St. Charles, IL., formerly of Ohio, IL., passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, surrounded by his family at home.  Rob was born on November 4, 1963 in Spring Valley, IL. the son of Robert and Kathleen (nee. Coble) Travis Sr.  He was united in marriage to Sarah Marie Stiles on October 17, 1985 in Princeton, IL.

Robert grew up in the small town of Ohio, Illinois, with his brother and three sisters where he was forced to walk 5 miles to school, uphill both ways, in the snow. He received an associate’s in science as well as an auto mechanics certification from Illinois Valley Community College. Rob later joined the Automobile Mechanics’ Local 701 union and would work on anything involving a motor for the rest of his life.

While working at his first job at the very up and coming McDonalds Corporation in Princeton, Illinois, he met his wife Sarah. After marrying her he realized the joke was on him and they proceeded to have 34 years filled with lots of love and a little bit of loathing together.

Shortly after Amanda was born in 1987, Rob and Sarah moved to Saint Charles, Illinois. Determining that life was not hectic enough, in early 1988 they had their second daughter, Adrian. In 1992, with the hope of a better tomorrow that a new Star Trek series brings, the couple joyfully welcomed their third daughter, Robin. He did not accept the new captain as enthusiastically.

Donned in a baseball cap and tools in hand, Rob was always ready and willing to help anyone in need. As the years went by, he collected many close friends as well as some daughters by association, making his help and humor endlessly appreciated. Rob enjoyed his abundant car ownership over the years as well as two motorcycles.  He was also a member of the Lake Michigan Model Car Club, where he met other individuals with similar hobbies to him.

He leaves behind his wife, three daughters, and numerous pets that he had very little say in adopting but nonetheless loved. They, along with his extensive model car and tool collection, will miss him dearly

Rob is survived by his loving wife, Sarah Marie Travis; his three daughters, Amanda (Alexander) Hinrichs, Adrian (Barb Wuchte) Travis and Robin Travis; his three sisters, Donna, Tracy and Cheryl; his brother, Michael and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Sandy Travis; and one sister, Tina.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N 5th Ave, St. Charles, IL 60174.  Immediately following the service, the family would like to invite everyone for continued fellowship in the church hall.  Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Rob’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society for Pancreatic Cancer Research donate3@cancer.org.

Arrangements entrusted to Moss Family Funeral Home – St. Charles 630-584-2000 or www.mossfuneral.com

Guest Book

  • Michael W. Magiera Boy, I don’t know. As you get older, you lose some friends along the way. I get that, but I don’t get this one. - - - Rob was a best friend for 25 years. I met him when Pat & Randy Crowley recommended him for a car repair. At that time I was a college student with two jobs, almost no money and parents who were divorcing. He kept that junk car running until I could replace it, and then he fixed the next car. And all of the other cars after that one, too. - - - I liked Rob right away. The best part of a car repair or anything else was talking with Rob for hours. It wasn’t just two car guys making car talk. We could sit in his garage and talk about anything. The things he said were funny as hell, outrageous, blunt, opinionated, or encouraging. It didn’t take long to realize that Rob was a tough guy, had a lot of morals, a hell of a sense of responsibility and no patience for stupidity. And we almost always parted with a “see you later.” - - - You could talk to Rob and come away feeling a lot better than when you arrived. It wasn’t like he made a conscious decision to help out. That’s just what he did all the time. But if I had to deal with a tough situation, I’d think about something Rob might’ve said or how he would’ve handled it. And that’s how Rob was a big brother figure. That college kid in 1994 had a lot to deal with, but he wasn’t really ready to handle tough situations. Twenty-five years later, I don’t know that kid, thanks to Rob. - - - I’m angry about Rob’s passing. Of all people who didn’t deserve cancer….I don’t get the how & why of it. Rob & Sarah should’ve been able to spend a lot more years together. Their daughters should have their dad around. It’s tough to take. - - - But Rob might say “Well, this is a lousy situation, but that’s life…it’s not fair but that’s the way it is….gotta deal with it and move on.” Rob was a stoic guy who just dealt with things as they came along, thought ahead, moved on to the next thing in his life and helped a lot of friends & family along the way. Tough & giving. That’s a good way to remember Rob….living your life like he did. - - - So, I didn’t get a big brother through family. But I still got a big brother figure and a good friend, and I’m real grateful for it. And everyone who knew Rob benefited from his generosity. And Sarah & their daughters had the best husband & dad ever. - - - See you later, Rob.
  • Beth Jones Keeping your family in our prayers. Love to you all.