Copenhaver, Travis

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Travis Allan Copenhaver, age 43 of Gaylord, passed away at his home on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

Travis was born on May 12, 1974 in Gaylord, MI, to Robert and Barbara (Manville) Copenhaver. On September 28, 1993, he married Dawn Luttermoser, with whom he had two children. Travis was a proud member of the United States Army, and he served his country for over twenty years there. While the armed forces was a great part of his life, Travis also enjoyed fishing, kayaking, baseball, and finding and picking rocks.

Travis is survived by his wife of 24 years, Dawn; children Matthew and Robert Copenhaver; mother Barbara (Larry) Large; siblings Heather (Brian) Cleveland and Geoff Copenhaver; brothers-in-law Harley and Tom (Michelle) Luttermoser; sisters-in-law Mona (Marti) Tremonti and Jamie Luttermoser; mother-in-law Patricia Livy; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews; and dogs Mister and Red.

He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Copenhaver.

Funeral services will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 11 AM. Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 30, from 4 to 8 PM; and on Wednesday from 10 AM until the time of service.

Memorial donations for Travis may be made to the family for future designation. Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

38 comments on “Copenhaver, Travis”

  1. Uncle Irv and Aunt Debbie

    Thank you Travis for your service! Travis was a great family man, we love you and miss you! Travis was always full of happiness and shared that with everyone. 💜 May you and your father share great stories🙏. Prayers for Dawn, Matthew, Robbie and family🙏💜.

  2. Aunt Charlotte & Uncle Joe

    Thank you Travis for making a difference in this world. Your military service and family tell your story. Know you will be missed by all who knew you. Prayers to your family.

  3. Great respect for the Copenhaver family.
    I didn’t know Travis well,but knew that he was great person and loved his family ….
    So sorry for your you guys

  4. Chuck (Wildman) Wilder

    I think, I can speak for all Master Gunner’s that knew him “Cope” was a great part of our strong brotherhood as MG’s. He was full on energy and wanted to share his knowledge to everyone that he could. He was a great person to be around!

  5. Donnie & Tamra Padgett

    Travis you will be missed by so many people and will be remembered as a loving husband and father and a great friend to many. Prayers, hugs and love to Dawn, Matthew and Robbie. We love you guys.

  6. Jeremy Johnson (cousin)

    Travis was a very special person and will be sorely missed. God bless you for your military service and your dedication to your family. #hero

  7. I am so sorry to hear about Travis. I am praying for peace for the family at these hard times. Thank you Dawn and your family for ALL of your sacrifices. He was always a great person 💕

  8. Sindye Alexander

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Travis was a very special person with a huge heart. My thoughts are with your family.

  9. Sorry Heather for the loss of your Brother. May he rest in peace. Prayers for you and your family at this time.

  10. God bless you brother. It was a honor to meet you.. I see you at Fiddler’s Green.. Will continue to pray over your family and friends…

  11. Copenhaver family truly sorry for your loss. Prayers going out to each of you for strength and courage. Thank you Travis for your career of service. Bless you and your entire family.

  12. Christopher Whitaker 1SG(R)

    I worked with Travis ,while assigned with the STB at Fort Knox, Ky 3/1 DUKE BDE. He was a hell of a Non-Commissioned Officer, Travis would give his shirt off his back, no questions asked, I am shocked to hear of his passing,
    God Bless the family, So Sorry for your loss.

  13. So sad to hear of Travis’ passing. I worked with him in 2014 while we began to shut down 3/1’s 201st BSB. Travis was one of the best non-commissioned officers who cared deeply about doing things the right way and taking proper care of Soldiers. I grieve his loss to your Family and the corps of Veterans and pray for him on his journey and your Family for peace and knowing he is going to a better place to prepare it for our arrival. Rest in peace, Travis.

  14. Great respect to the Copenhaver family. So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Bless your family.

  15. I am so sorry to hear this. My condolences to the Copenhaver family. I worked with then 1SG Copenhaver at Fort Knox and he always cared about the Soldiers, even if people didn’t see that side of him. I truly pray for comfort during your time of loss.

  16. Knowing this man made my life better, Dawn, Matt, Robbie, no words can begin to say how deeply saddened I am for your loss.

  17. I’m very sorry to the Copenhaver family for their loss. Travis was in my platoon back in 1994 and was my driver when our tank crew won company top gun at Graf. I got to spend a lot of time with him at Hohenfels during maneuver training and he was always motivated and never complained. We had a lot of good conversations but he loved talking about his family the most. I was impressed at how mature he was for somebody who was only 19 or 20 at the time and I am not surprised to see from other’s posts that he had a distinguished army career. My condolences to everyone who was close to him.

  18. I served with Travis in Germany and have only good memories of the man. Many prayers for his family and all of his other loved ones. Please find peace in this terrible loss.

  19. I served with Travis in Germany and have only good memories of the man. Many prayers for his family and all of his other loved ones. Please find peace in this terrible loss.

  20. I had the honor of serving with then-PFC Copenhaver at the beginning of his career, in B Co. 2-68 AR. I remember him as a good man and good soldier. I’m terribly sorry for your loss.

  21. I am going to miss you very much. I had a great time with you at the family reunion last year. I was down about many things and you said a lot of things that made sense and lifted my spirit. I love you very much and you will be missed dearly. Your Cousin, Tim Blake.

  22. I went through basic training with Travis at Ft. Knox then we were both in the same company in Germany. He was a kind man, always positive I am sad to hear of his passing, prayers of comfort for your loss.

  23. Vince LaRosa, US Army 1969 to 1972

    Barb and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Travis but I knew his father and you. He came from a very caring family and he was very caring for all soldiers that worked with him, I can tell by all the other comments I see here. So Travis thank you for all your dedication to the USA as a soldier!
    Barb and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow,

  24. Dawn I am so sorry to hear this. I wish I would have got on facebook a few days ago because Earl would have been there. I was so shocked when I saw this. I cant imagine what you and the boys are going through. Our prayers are with you all!

  25. Barb, Heather and Geoff, I am so deeply sorry to hear about the loss of your son and brother. Travis touched the lives of many. We are grateful for the fond memories that he has left us. My prayers are with you.

  26. Patricia Bordner

    Barb and family, very sorry for yor loss, he was a great,and I thank him for his service. Love you Barb and am very sorry about your son.Love Pat Bordner. Granbury Tx.

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