Travis Ross Bowles
1971 – 2021
Travis Ross Bowles, age 50, passed away on May 4, 2021. Travis Ross Rowdy Ralph May Bowles, as he was lovingly known throughout his childhood, was born on February 15, 1971 at Beaver County Memorial Hospital in Beaver, OK.
Travis blessed his parents, Troy and Becky from day one and completed their family. He relished and took advantage of the fact that he was the baby. Growing up, Travis had perfected the ability to push orneriness to the limits by either talking himself out of trouble or hiding behind the most deceiving brown eyes imaginable. Travis thrived growing up in the small community of Forgan, OK. His talents were many and he excelled in academics but loved sports. Whichever sport he participated in, he gave it his all and was a very supportive teammate. A state champion 400m hurdler, a traveling baseball team pitcher, and the opportunity to travel to Russia and participate in a football exhibition, are just to name a few. After high school, Travis attended NWOSU in Alva, OK and PSU in Goodwell, OK. There he made many lifelong friendships and discovered adept social skills were his preference over scholastics. Travis joined the work force and began a career in the restaurant trade. Travis could talk to anyone, and within moments, one would feel like they had known him for life. His personality was infectious and people around him couldn’t help but love him. Travis became a beloved manager and boss at several different restaurants in the metro area.
During this time, Travis met the love of his life, Laura Fava. He had finally met his match. Someone who challenged him, intrigued him, made him laugh and completed him. They married May 7, 2003. Soon after, they were blessed with a son, Travis’s greatest and most proud accomplishment, Trey Allen Bowles. From the moment Trey was born, Travis’s life would be forever changed. His focus became his family and he worked hard to provide for them. He would brag on his son to anyone that would listen.
Travis loved the food service, eventually invested in a bar but then changed direction and began traveling with a mobile food company, running a pizza concession to several states. He loved experiencing different parts of the country but it required him to spend several months away from home at a time.
In the last year when many of the events were cancelled, Travis began exploring more deeply his love for art and began gardening. And just like everything he did, he delved in and became passionate about both. His garden is a creative masterpiece. He was so excited to enjoy the fruits of his labor. His sketches and art are beautiful and he loved sharing them with people. In the summer of 2020, Travis was given the opportunity to go to work creating art for the State of Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation. He was excited to embrace this new challenge and enjoyed every aspect of his job.
Travis was an avid OU Sooners fan. He also loved animals and couldn’t handle seeing one being abused. His fur family grew due to this, and he spoiled his pups. He loved to have fun. His laugh and smile were contagious, but his hugs were the best. He will be missed.
Travis was preceded in death by grandparents Charles and Frances Bowman, Hugh and Pauline Bowles; grandparents-in-law Rex and Beulah Furlow; father-in-law W.A. (Jack) Fava, brother Mike Cassingham.
Survivors include his wife, Laura Bowles and son Trey of the home; parents Troy and Donna Bowles, Beaver, OK, Allan and Charlene (Becky) Classen, Liberal, KS; mother-in-law Deanna Fava Bural, Colleyville, TX; siblings David Bowles, Forgan, OK, Justine McFarland (Tim), Edmond, OK, Gary Cassingham (Cindi), Noble, OK, Shannon Enns (Gordon), Inman, KS, Amber Holguin (Ben), Newton, KS; brother-in-law Larry Fava, Colleyville, TX; sisters-in-law Rebecca Bordwine, Norman, OK, Nikki Dallas (Brent), Jones, OK; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; cat Spencer; dogs Jax, Jasmine, Duke and Bentley.
The absence of Travis will leave a hole in many of our hearts, yet he would beg us not to be sad. He would say don’t mourn but celebrate, tell your loved ones how much you love them, help those in need, party when you feel like it, even if it’s not appropriate, and last but not least, BOOMER!!!!
Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 1:00, Matthews Funeral Home, Edmond, OK.
We will be live streaming this service in an effort to accommodate those people that wish to attend but feel they should not due to health regulations. To watch the service CLICK HERE to go to our YouTube page. Click on ‘Videos’, then ‘Live Streams’.