He was born on December 10th, 1976 in Salina, KS and lived in Manhattan, Olathe, and Broken Arrow while growing up until eventually graduating from Goddard High School in 1993. After high school, he moved back to Manhattan to begin the next step in his educational journey at Kansas State University. The Little Apple was home to Travis over the next 5 years as he pursued his dual degrees in Accounting and Finance. Travis loved college life. While he was always disciplined in his schooling, exercise regimen, and his part time job, he also knew how to balance in the good times with friends and roommates. There was no shortage of purple in his wardrobe or Wildcat spirit in his heart. On the first day of college in 1995, he met Melissa in the lobby of Ford Hall dorms, and they formed a fast and meaningful friendship. Travis was always there for Melissa and one of the ways he came through for her was offering to join her at a sorority date party in 1997. Although he had always refused anything related to Greek life and theme parties, he dressed for the part and attended the 80s themed ADPI sorority party. From that moment on, their commitment to each other only grew. On his KSU graduation day in May 2000, in front of many family members and friends, he proposed to Melissa and they were married on June 22, 2001 in St Francis Church in St. Paul, KS.
Travis later received an MBA from Rockhurst University and spent the last seven years as Vice President of Corporate Development at Ultrax Aerospace where he was surrounded by mentors and good friends. Earlier parts of Travis’ professional work included KPMG, Universal Underwriters, SPX Cooling Technologies, and Ferrell Gas. Travis was always a dedicated employee who challenged himself to constantly grow in his knowledge and commitment to his teams.
Travis lived a full life and lived life fully. He was principled, accountable, charitable, intentional, and a fearless defender of truth. He loved people and quickly formed deep, personal bonds. He will be missed by many. To his family, whom he immeasurably loved beyond all else, Travis was funny, determined, stubborn, reliable, passionate, loving, and forgiving. They loved his big smile, huge heart, strength, encouraging ways and his dedication to holding close to his family. His children looked to him as a loving, involved, available dad who believed in them and challenged them. He absolutely loved watching his boys take part in each of their interests and talents. To Travis’ friends and colleagues, Travis was a man of highest integrity and true action, a trusted brother.
Travis was fascinated with controlled extremes, like fireworks, barbeque, and weather. He and his boys could put on fireworks shows that lasted for several minutes and never ceased to impress. These controlled extremes also were reflected in his own personality, possessing boundless energy and releasing it to create a specific and spectacular outcome but with an occasional, unpredictable surprise. Travis always celebrated the achievements of others, even when they did not know it, but never expected the same in return. Although his family became city slickers, his happy place was really in the country where he enjoyed fishing, target practice, long hikes, and the quiet peace. He also was an avid sports fan and loved to be with friends and family for sporting events, playing card games, or listening to music.
A year ago, Travis experienced a life changing men’s retreat at St. Michael the Archangel where he met brothers in Christ and was renewed in his faith in our Lord. Rest in peace and may God’s Grace be with you, good husband, good father, good son, good brother, and good friend.
He is survived by his wife Melissa (Beachner) Fisher, their children Nicholas James and Alexander Wayde; his parents Randy and Marita Fisher and Debra K. Boyer (Brian); parents-in-law James and Rebecca Beachner; Grandparents Elaine Fehrenbacher, Barbara Wilson, and Jerry Beachner; sister Maranda Boucher (Zach) of Wichita, KS and Caradee Fisher (Shawnee, KS); brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Amy Hiles (Travis), Jason Beachner (Ashlee); Elizabeth Beachner (Zach); Joseph Beachner. Travis was very proud to be the uncle of four beautiful nieces, Rebecca, Katelynn, Addison, and Luciana and five handsome nephews, Henry, Daniel, Dylan, Aydan, and Frankie and also survived by many cousins, aunts, and uncles and extended family.
The Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 28that St. Michael the Archangel, 14251 Nall, Leawood, KS 66223.
In lieu of flowers, it would mean the world if you would please consider a contribution to a college fund for Nicholas and Alex, his beloved boys. Gifts may be sent to Commerce Bank, Attn: Joe Graham, VP, 118 W 47th Street, Kansas City, MO 64112. Please make check out to Melissa Fisher, note Nicholas & Alex in the memo.