Howard W. Travis

Howard W. Travis

Howard W. Travis

Howard W. Travis, age 87, of Hancock, Wisconsin, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at his home following a short battle with cancer. He was surrounded by the love and care of his family during his final moments.

In accordance with Howard’s wishes, no formal services are planned. His memory will be cherished privately by his loved ones.

Howard was born on June 18, 1936, in Big Flats, Wisconsin, to his parents, Darryl and Zella (Dawson) Travis. He spent his formative years in Big Flats and graduated from Adams-Friendship High School in 1954. Howard’s sense of duty led him to serve his country in the Army for two years, a testament to his commitment to his nation.

Throughout his life, Howard held various occupations, including truck driver, employment at Badger Ordnance in Baraboo, pulp driver, and working in the fields picking beans for Del-Monte in Plover. However, his most cherished role was that of a bus driver for the Adams-Friendship Area School District, where he dedicated his time from 1971 until this past April. Over these years, Howard safely transported countless children to and from school and sporting events, accumulating over 1 million miles on the road.

On November 16, 1963, Howard united in marriage with Joyce Petruska in Trinity Congregational, Adams. Their love and partnership were a source of strength and happiness throughout their lives together.

Howard had a zest for life and found joy in hunting, family vacations out west, particularly to Yellowstone, and engaging in meaningful conversations with people. His warm personality and friendly demeanor endeared him to all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Howard is preceded in death by his loving parents, Darryl and Zella, his beloved wife, Joyce, and his brother, Gordon.

He is survived by his devoted daughters, Rhonda Travis and Tammy Travis, both of Hancock, WI, and his niece, April (Billie) Bounds of Nekoosa, WI. Howard was further survived by other relatives and many good friends. His legacy lives on through his family and the memories they shared.

In Lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorials be directed in Howard’s memory to support his family during this time of loss.

Roseberry’s Funeral Home is honored to assist the family during this difficult time. To express condolences or find further information, please visit

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  1. Cindy Babcock says:

    My condolences to Rhonda and Tammy, and family. Thoughts and prayers. I’ll miss seeing him. Nice man .

  2. Shirley Theisen and family says:

    Sincere condolences to Howard’s family. What a wonderfully kind gentleman who always had a good word for everyone!

  3. Nicole Moore says:

    I so very sorry for your loss. He was a great person. It was always a great time on the bus with him. We loved watching deer at the house when we where little. Will miss seeing and taking to him.

  4. Pat Holm Jodarski says:

    prayers to fami;y of a very special guy who all who knew him in high school loved and respected him

  5. Roberta ( Nelson) McFarlane says:

    Sending my condolences to towards family

  6. Paul Tasch says:

    I haven’t seen Howard in years. My experiences with him when I drove bus in the late 90s were engaging & fun. I also rode on his bus route a few times when I was a child in the early to mid 1980s. Condolences to his family and may his memories live on. Paul Tasch.

  7. Peggy Durkee says:

    Sincere condolences to your family for the loss of Father. Howard was our friend and bus driver for my children and granddaughter. He was always so kind to my children, such a good heart ❤️. He will definitely be missed by everyone he came in contact with.

  8. Jenny Lee says:

    So sorry for your loss. Howard will be greatly missed by many. Loved his talks at the bus yard. He was always telling a story.

  9. Curtie & Michelle Pollex says:

    To Howard’s family & friends~I remember him driving bus when I was in school. Such a nice bus driver with a smile & hello!! 😊 Bless his heart ♥️ and what an AMAZING testimony for driving so long for the A-F school district! 🚌 What a blessing he was to so many kids over the years. God’s comfort & prayers~Michelle (Culp) Pollex 🙏✝️ 😇

  10. Peggy Sleeman says:

    So sorry for the family’s loss of Howard. RIP.

  11. Charlene Robb says:

    To the family of Howard,

    I am very sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. My husband and I were classmates and friends in the class of 1954. I will remember him and you in my prayers. God Bless.

  12. Rushell says:

    Howard was a wonderful man. I was blessed to know and work with him. I will treasure the fond memories.

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  14. Julie and Bob Goodhue says:

    Our sympathy to Howard’s family at this sad time. He was a good guy & loved by many. Thinking of you all.

  15. Denise Straka says:

    Sorry for your loss! I’m honored to have had the opportunity to work with him!

  16. Vernon Rhinehart says:

    So sorry for your loss! He will be missed! What a great verbal sparing partner!

  17. Beth Reutter says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dad! He was such a NICE man! He drove bus for my daughter when she was in school…she thought he was such a good guy and loved being on his bus! Howard and I used to talk at County Market when he’d come in when I worked there. Enjoyed talking to him for many years! He will be missed! Beth

  18. Christine Bade says:

    Words can not express the sadness that I feel for the family.. he was by far a wonderful person and touched the heart of all those around him.. my bus driver for all of my school years.. my deepest condolences.

  19. Dick and Marj Colby says:

    Howard was truly one in a million. He was a great influence on every one who rode his bus. He will be missed.

  20. Robert Schiefer says:

    So very sorry for your family’s loss he was a very good man At service community transporting Is tune from school to home and back In a very safe manner, always had a smile on hi space prayers and is prayers and thoughts.

  21. Shanna says:

    Howard was an excellent bus driver. Although gruff, he cared about every student who enetered his path and made them feel like one in a million! May he rest in peace knowing the number of smiles he made over his million miles!

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