September 15, 1925 – February 12, 2021
Travis B. LaDuke went to his eternal home in heaven, Friday morning, February 12, 2021, at the age of 95. He passed peacefully in his sleep with his wife, Helen, by his side at the home of his daughter, Sheryl and husband, Pat Davis.
Services will be held Friday, February 19, 2021 at 2:00, at First Baptist Church in Amarillo with Dr. Howard K Batson presiding. Visitation is from 5-7, on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at Griggs Schooler Gordon Funeral Directors; 5400 Bell St in Amarillo. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. You may view the livestream at www.firstamarillo.org/private or www.Facebook.com/griggsschoolergotdon if you can not or wish not to attend the service in person.
Travis and Helen Inez Burrow were married at the First Baptist Church of Tulia on June 1, 1947. They celebrated life for 73 years together, raising four children. Travis led his family by sharing with them the joy of laughter, his passion for sports, respect for country, an appreciation for good food, and above all else, love of God.
Travis had a long and fulfilled life. He was a proud American and served his country in World War ll and in the National Guard following the war.
He became a Christian at the age of 21 and received a call from God to enter the field of ministry. He graduated from Hardin Simmons University and Southwestern Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth.
During his 47 year career, he pastored 14 churches and taught and coached school 3 years. He touched countless lives as he nurtured, guided, and shared the gospel of Christ.
Travis lived every day to the fullest enjoying a variety of hobbies. As a young adult, he liked to boat and fish, hunt quail, raise bird dogs, play golf, and “Cowboy” with his ranching buddies.
In his last 20 years, he became an ardent fan of West Texas University football and basketball. He served as the chaplain for the Buffalo football team 2005-2013, attending two a day practices, booster club meetings, home games, and road trips to the away games. He led the team in devotionals and prayer before each game and was a great influence to the team members.
He traveled to watch both the girl’s and boys’ basketball teams experience victory at the Lone Star Conference Championships. His last trip being March 2020.
Survivors include: his wife, Helen, daughters, Shelia LaDuke and Sheryl Davis and her husband, Pat of Amarillo. Daughter, Shirley Wagner and her husband, Roll of Cleburne, Texas. Son, Shane LaDuke of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Eight grandchildren: Jeana Wood, Joni Krueger and husband, Dave. Jami Upshaw, Keith-Ann Wagner and husband, Chad, Kara Overby and husband Jacob. Travis McNutt, Lucy and Ruthie LaDuke and their mother, Shannon. James Davis and wife, Jessica. Emily Green and husband, Clint. Thirteen great-grandchildren, three sister-in-laws, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.
Travis was preceded in his death by his parents, three siblings and his granddaughter, Keeton Paige McNutt.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in honor of Travis B. LaDuke to the church or charity of your choice.
- All of Travis's beloved nephews, Honorary Bearers
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021
Tonya Jester Cordell
February 18, 2021
Travis was an amazing man!! He led me to the Lord and baptized me!! I know because of you Travis we will meet again one day in heaven!! ❤️❤️
February 18, 2021
My condolences to the family. Brother Travis was so kind to me and my family at Coulter Road Baptist Church. He will not be forgotten.
February 16, 2021
Travis had the vision to merge Avondale Baptist Church & Tascosa Baptist Church. The new name was Wolflin Avenue Baptist Church. Then God lead him to relocate our church to Coulter Road ( city changed name to street later). This was how God lead Travis and our then Wolflin Avenue Baptist Church congregation to build and form Coulter Road Baptist Church.
Travis also baptized both of our children at Coulter Road Baptist Church.
Randall & I love Travis & Helen very much
February 16, 2021
When we moved to Amarillo in 1983 and began searching for a church home we chose Coulter Rd. Baptist. Travis was our pastor and we loved him and his wife. The love of the people in that church was a sure reflection of his love for the Lord, his family and our church. God bless you all, I know he is going to be missed.