Drum Funeral Home-Hickory

940 29th Avenue NE, Hickory, NC


Kenneth Wade Travis

July 15, 1946September 2, 2020

Kenneth “Ken” Wade Travis, age 74, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. Ken was born July 15, 1946 in Hickory, NC to the late Wade Woodrow Travis and Ruth Flowers Travis.

A member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Ken was a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in Vietnam where he earned the sharpshooter medal and the Presidential award. He was Director of Purchasing with Bassett Furniture and Davis Wood Products. Ken loved golf, working crossword puzzles, Sudoku, computer games and playing bridge and poker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-son, Justin Heesch. Ken is survived by his wife, Judy Bolick Heesch Travis; daughters, Carolyn Perdue and husband, Rev. Randy Perdue of Lewisville and Laura Perry and husband Barrett of Newton; step-son, Dr. Marty Heesch and wife Sheila of Hickory; step-daughter, Emily Heesch of Hickory; and grandchildren, Zachary Perry and Katie Perry.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2160 35th Avenue Dr. NE, Hickory, NC 28601. A graveside service, with military honors, will be held for family and friends on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Catawba Memorial Park with Rev. Mark Seaman officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the Travis family at www.drumfh-hickory.com.

The Travis family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home, Hickory, NC.


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Randal & Carolyn Ellis & Family

September 9, 2020

Dear Laura, Carolyn & Families,
We are sorry to hear of the passing of your father, please accept our deepest condolences.

Patti & Wayne Thompson

September 5, 2020

Ken was our precious friend. RIP brother in Christ. May Judy and family find some peace and comfort now and in the days to come. We missed our Hooters date my friend! Catch ya later (Wayne)

Candes Spencer

September 4, 2020

Prayers and hugs go out to each of you. May God wrap his arms around you and carry you through. Ken will be sorely missed. Much love!
Candes Spencer

Patrina & Paul Kayanek

September 4, 2020

Carolyn, Randy and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. We pray for your peace and comfort during this time. We love you and are here for you should you need anything!
In Christ Love,
Paul and Patrina


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