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“Travis was one of a kind. Humble, easy going, and took joy in living life the way he wanted. I remember lining up with him in the trenches on the...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Barry Marquardt - APPLETON, WI

2 of 16 | Posted by: Ginny Janssen - Appleton, WI

“So sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Ginny Janssen - Appleton, WI

“Tom and Family I am very sorry to hear about your son, I thought of your family often and prayed for all of you. Tom you know so well how I felt...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Lloyd DeGroot - Eagleriver, WI

“Beautifully written obituary. My deepest sympathy. ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: Molly Vosters - Kaukauna, WI

“So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. With deepest sympathyToby and Karen Diedrick ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Tom and Marie and family, Thoughts and prayers ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: Mark Coffey - Post Lake, WI

8 of 16 | Posted by: Mark Coffey - post lake, WI

“Tom,Marie and family so sorry for you're loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Tom and Alyce Buchinger - Hilbert, WI

“We are so saddened to hear about the passing of your son Travis. He showed what determination and the the power of a loving environment can achieve....Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Dick and Ruth Vandenberg - WI

“We are so sorry for your great loss ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Lyn and Dan Smith - Kaukauna, WI

“Tom and Marie,You built our home in Sunnyview Circle. Many, many years later, I came to become aware of your family and Travis when he was a patient...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Denise O'Neil - Appleton, WI

“So sorry to hear of your sons passing..May God be with you at this time ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: Mary Fiebelkorn - manawa, WI

“My condolences to the Dercks family. Trav was one of a kind. His smile and laughter could light up a room. He was the ultimate friend who would be...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Jason Dreger - Kaukauna, WI

“Tom and Marie, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: Bob (Mully) and Sandy Meulemans - WI

“Thinking of you in your time of lossBill Gail and Tracy ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: bill wechter - Akron, OH

Travis “Willy” Dercks was given the gift of life on November 18, 1985 to Tom & Marie Dercks, a gift that was sadly given back on April 11, 2018. Travis was never a man of many words but you always felt his kind heart and strong personality. Travis loved snowmobile racing, Jack-and-Coke, the family cottage and his “toys” of which his truck & snowmobile were his pride and joy. His life path was altered on a fateful day May 16, 2007. Travis suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury due to an industrial accident. Though this accident laid out a path full of physical hurdles, Travis never chose to be the victim. He never chose to stop amazing those around him-he was our fighter! Through these hurdles, Travis showed unmatched strength and determination allowing him to remain around his most cherished thing - family and those he loved. His never ending struggle to gain back a life lost made his final fight too cumbersome on a tired soul. It’s been an honor, a privilege and our greatest joy to raise this beautiful and kind-hearted young man as our own. To say we are proud of him is an understatement! Travis’ job over the last eleven years was to simply teach those around him many valuable life lessons: love and determination, what’s truly important; a smile can fix anything; music can be your motivation-“Simply the Best”; he made you a softer-stronger-compassionate-better person by simply knowing him. Travis gently reminded those he encountered that a traumatic brain injury may have taken his voice but it definitely didn’t take his roar! Above all; acceptance for those most vulnerable. To those who never gave up on Travis’ journey we are forever grateful. The love, care and acceptance you have shown both Travis and his family sustained us through the darkest of moments allowing celebration of all those gains. The Dercks family has become so much larger because of Travis. Travis will always be loved and missed by his sisters Melissa and Kristin (Ben) Duffy. Leaving behind nieces and nephews Mase, Mera & Grey Duffy and Beckett Dercks who will miss those chair rides and Uncle snuggles on the mat. Grandmother Mary Lamers along with many aunts and uncles. Travis was greeted upon passing by grandparents Ben/Claire Dercks; Bob Lamers and GB. Our blessing may have been cut short but feel honored to have called Travis our son, brother, nephew, uncle and grandson! Travis was loved and cared for deeply by his “angels” Tina; Sam, Sarah, Robin, Amy, Brittany, Terry, Cora, Crystal, Deb, Gail, Krista, Kelly, Mehgan along with so many others over the years. Therapists who never stopped pushing Travis forward. Best friend Todd Schuh and Bill Stingle who remained true to the end. Special thanks to Travis’ Physicians-Dr Taleon; Dr Duppler; Dr VanSistine; Dr Zantow; Dr Wascher; Dr Karl Green; Dr Novak & Dr Bellg along with Fox Valley Pulmonology Medicine; ThedaCare Hospitalists Group & System for seeing beyond the physical limitations providing highest level of care and compassion. To Chaplain KC for being their day one and holding our hands on the last! Travis made everyone a better person by simply knowing him. You should all be proud & share in Travis’ successes! There was so much more to do but we gave Travis our blessings to spread his wings and fly. Until we meet again; may your spirit & memories carry us and your love remain attached to our broken hearts. You will remain the glue holding us together - Rest Easy, ride slow & fly high 191! The entire Dercks family will have a celebration of Travis’ life on August 11th starting at 3:30pm at Travis’ favorite place - family yard. Those wishing to celebrate Travis’ life are welcome!