OBITUARY

Travis L. Laqua

January 17, 1986October 5, 2020
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Travis Landan Laqua, Age 34, died October 5th, 2020 at his home in Otsego, MN. Previously from Andover, MN. He was born 1/17/86 in St. Paul, MN to Charles Laqua and Bonnie (Havir) Leslie. On September 26, 2007 Travis joined the Minnesota Army National Guard where he served as Field Artillery Specialist. He was deployed to Iraq in 2009 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his return, he was employed at Crow Wing Transport for 8 years in Operations. Travis then graduated from Hennepin Technical College with a degree in architectural drafting. Soon after graduation he began working at Mortenson Construction. On May 17th, 2014 Travis married his love Justine Brue. In 2016 they welcomed MaKenna Leigh and Carter Liam in 2018.

Throughout life Travis was passionate about everything he did, whether it was playing fantasy football, working on his house, woodworking, and mechanics and spending time with family or friends. Travis adored his children above all things and included them in many of his interests including ice fishing, sports (hockey), four-wheeling, and funny antics. He will always be remembered as an amazing father. He is survived by his wife Justine (Brue) Laqua. Parents Charlie Laqua and Bonnie Leslie. Children Taylor, Haylee, MaKenna and Carter. Sisters Melinda, Jackie (Matt) and Angie (Nate) Dahle. Also survived by Erik and Anita Brue, Nick (Kim), Zach (Taylor), family and friends.

Gathering of family and friends will take place on Wednesday, October 14th at Serenity Village Community Church, 4100 Douglas Dr. N, Crystal 55422. The viewing will take place from 10am to 12pm followed by a celebration of life at 12:30pm with a luncheon to follow. Due to COVID restrictions, and seating limitations please use the sign-up link for Wednesday’s service for seating reservations which are required at the church

https://svcc.as.me/travislaqua

Burial with military honors at Elmhurst Cemetery 1510 N. Dale Street, St Paul, MN 11 AM Saturday October 17, 2020 meeting at the cemetery entrance at 10:50 AM.

In lieu of flowers memorials preferred

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Gathering

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

  • Burial with Military Honors

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

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Shawn Lemieux

October 16, 2020

It was my honor and pleasure to get to know Travis, while he worked at Crow Wing. The countless number of emails he sent me with drivers' permits and always a little message asking me how my weekend was or my day was going. Wishing me a good evening and asking how I was doing. His thoughtfulness and kindness knew no bounds. Through emails I got to know a very wonderful man. He wrote about fishing on Blue Lake, ice fishing and snowmobiling on the pond behind their home and there was always a story about the kids (some were pretty darn funny). Before he moved on to work at Mortensen he sent me an email and we shared one last chat, which I will always keep. To my friend, Bonnie, there are no words that can ease or take away your pain, I wish there were but I hope at this time you can find a small amount of comfort in knowing what a wonderful Son you raised and how much he was loved. I know I'm a little bit better person for knowing him. Godspeed, Travis.

Matt Glime

October 14, 2020

Not good at feelings but Travis was one of my best friends throughout middle school and high school. He was the life of the party and everyone wanted to always Be around Travis. Erik, Travis, cook and I shared so many great memories together. Played a lot of hockey with Travis. Growing up I would go in the corners and get the puck and always look up and see Travis floating waiting for a breakaway pass. I would have 60 points in a season and 50 of them were assists to Travis. Later in men’s league hockey Travis, Rick, and I ended up on a line together and we scored the majority of the goals for our team. It was real chemistry and it was some of the most fun times I have ever had in my life. I recently hung out with Trav and we had a blast he is such an awesome person. I am gonna miss him so much. I’m so sorry for his kids , Bonnie, Chuck T, his sisters and wife for what they are going through. I hope god can guide all of you and help all of you through these tough times and heal all your pain. Love you Travis

ROLL ‘EM

MaryEllen Lenzen

October 14, 2020

Want to extend my heartfelt sympathy and prayers to all the Laqua family during this difficult time, and the days ahead.

Lynn Paulfranz

October 14, 2020

Justine, I am so sorry you have to experience this. It is such an overwhelmingly sad and horrible loss. The family pictures show a young man so enjoying his loves-human, canine, pescatorial (?), motorcycle-able, and sporty. I know, weird endings, but spell-check wouldn’t accept anything else! I hope...you are able to find some comfort in the way Travis lives on in your hearts and memories, to treasure his gifts with your children, and to find solace in the Everlasting Arms of the Father.

Rui and Deb Pina (Kohout)

October 14, 2020

With great sadness and pain, I can’t help but smile, when I think of Travis and remember this beautiful young soul who was my ring bearer in my wedding 28 years ago! Rui and I send our deepest condolences to Aunt Bonnie, Charlie, Melinda, Jackie, Angie and the rest of the family. May the good memories outweigh anything else! I am sure Grandma has him by her side! Rest in Peace Travis!

Janie Hemmelgarn

October 14, 2020

Allen, Andrew, Adam and I share in your sadness as you remember Travis. Our hearts are broken. May you find peace to bring comfort and courage in the days ahead. Travis was a great friend; hold onto all his loving memories. Thanks for sharing all the family photos - we will miss him dearly.

May the Heavenly Angels wrap you in their loving arms, Travis, Rest in Peace.
Janie

Kelly Reed

October 13, 2020

I wanted to share my condolences and to also share my fond memories of hearing from Travis about his family and stories of his past. I only knew Travis as a work-mate, but his love for his wife and children was obvious. He wanted to swap stories of family and what they were up to most times I chatted with him. I really enjoyed having Travis on the team and will miss his kindness very much.

Aaron Weidner

October 12, 2020

Sharing in your sadness as you remember Travis. As a friend and neighbor to Travis and family I was deeply saddened to hear the news. I am thankful to have spent many hours sitting in our garages and taking out the four wheelers with the kids and friends. He is very missed already, rest in peace my friend.

Cindy Rogers

October 12, 2020

My deepest sympathy to all of Travis's family. I knew Travis back in his hockey days in Anoka. He was such a skilled player, and was a true team leader. I can see in the pictures how much he was loved; he will be missed greatly. I am overwhelmed with sadness.

Jessica Swenson

October 11, 2020

Travis and I first met our junior year of High school at Andover. We dated for five years and share a beautiful daughter (Haylee) together. May you find peace in the next life Travis.

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