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Travis Whitacre

April 7, 2019
Estherville News

A Celebration of Life service for Travis Whitacre, 42, of Estherville, will be held 10 a.m., Monday, April 8, 2019, at the Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Pastor Doug Burton officiating. Interment will be at High Lake Cemetery, Estherville. He was taken away from us too soon on April 2, 2019, when he suffered a sudden heart attack in his home in Estherville, Iowa.

Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m., Sunday at the funeral chapel. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials.

Travis Ray Whitacre, the second son of Charles and Cathy (Woodyard) Whitacre, was swiftly brought into this world on February 20, 1977 in Estherville, Iowa.

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He received his formal education in the Estherville school district. However, his real education happened in life and was fueled by his creativity and strong work ethic. When he set his mind and his heart to something, he never failed to give his all. Whether it was drawing, his love of the culinary arts (fueled by his love of good food and his sweet tooth), or his want to learn all of the stars, he gave himself over to it 100 percent.

This could not be any more true than in his love for his wife, Tara (Looft) Whitacre. They were married on October 31, 2014, and in true Travis and Tara fashion (they really needed a ship name) it was a wedding and Halloween extravaganza. Their love, one many can only aspire to, was sealed. They made their home in Estherville and while Travis went through a few jobs in his life (The Inn, Stylecraft, Furniture Mart) his final employer was GKN. He may not have planned to work there forever (he had much grander plans) and while he didn't love the work, he did enjoy the majority of his coworkers (especially when Tara started working there as well).

Travis spent the majority of his free time pursuing his passions. Cooking fantastic over the top foods (his lasagna and brownies anyone?), learning the constellations (he planned to teach his niece when she was older), and traveling to concerts (Avatar, Slipknot, Disturbed among many others). Since he was a small child he loved different things, ranging from GI Joe, camouflage, and ninjas to animals, astronomy, fireworks, and family but one thing remained constant, he always gave his entire heart.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Tara of Estherville, IA; his parents Charles and Cathy Whitacre of Estherville, IA; his siblings Tony Whitacre of Estherville, IA; Tammy (Josh) Barnes of Estherville, IA; his niece and goddaughter Charlie Barnes; his brother-in-law Jaimes (Krista) Looft and their sons Jacob and Luke of Bancroft; his father-in-law Duane Looft of Ledyard; his mother-in-law Lisa Looft of Swea City. Their wiener dog fur babies Bits and Pieces and rattie mischief Raven, Starfire, Blackfire, Jynx, Bumblebee, and Rose Wilsonl mny aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Preceded in death by his grandparents Charles (Ethel) Whitacre and Raymond (Geraldine) Woodyard; uncles Dan Richardson and Bob Park; cousin Terri Jager.

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