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  • ID: I66699
  • Name: Travis Kent Hunsberger
  • Surname: Hunsberger
  • Given Name: Travis Kent
  • Sex: M
  • Death: Jun 2008 in Afganistan
  • _UID: 4670F50920E29D47BF0BDB5775EE396C9E38
  • Note:
    Died serving his country in Afganistan in June, 2008.

    Elkhart Truth, The (IN) - July 1, 2008
    Deceased Name: TRAVIS HUNSBERGER
    FAYETTEVILLE, N. C. - Sgt.

    Travis Hunsberger, 24, of Fort Bragg, formerly of Wakarusa, Ind., was killed in action Frida y (June 27, 2008) in Afghanistan.

    Arrangements are pending at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, 501 N. Elkhart St.,.

    Elkhart Truth, The (IN) - July 3, 2008
    Deceased Name: Travis Hunsberger: Soldier's services pending
    WAKARUSA - Funeral services for a local native killed in action last week in Afghanistan ar e still pending, but the soldier's family wants community members to know they're welcome t o be there.

    Visitation and funeral services for U. S. Army SSG Travis Hunsberger, T RAVIS H UNSBERGER 24 , of Wakarusa, likely will be Saturday and Sunday or Sunday and Monday, according to Travis ' father, Steve Hunsberger.

    Either way, the Hunsbergers are thankful for the outpouring of support.

    "You wouldn't believe how many people have called me to ask what they can do," said Steve. " I had one call from a state trooper Travis went to school with, played soccer with in high sc hool, who asked if he could be part of the honor guard." Travis died Friday in Lamay, Afghani stan, from injuries from an improvised explosive devise he encountered while on foot patrol . He was a 2002 graduate of NorthWood High School and joined the Army in 2004.

    His parents, Steve and Ronda ofWakarusa, learned of his death Saturday.

    Along with local supporters, friends and family are expected to flock to the area for the fun eral from faraway places, particularly Fayetteville, N. C., where Travis was most recently ba sed and where his wife, Hannah, survives.

    Funeral services are still pending primarily because the family is awaiting the arrival of Tr avis' remains. Steve said supporters will greet the closed coffin at South Bend Reg ional Air port when it comes, perhaps Friday.

    "We all plan to b e there, to give him the greeting he deserves," Steve said.

    The funeral and visitation will be at Nappanee Missionary Church on S. R. 19 with the Rev.

    Paul Commons of Wakarusa Missionary Church and Daryl Kauffman, Travis' uncle, officiating.

    The message? That's simple, said the bereaved father.

    "He was a light. Travis sacrificed his life for our freedom the same way that Christ died fo r us," he said. "That's the message." Steve further recalled his son Wednesday, noting the Sp ecial Forces soldier was confident about his call to the military.

    "Even in his last hour and a half of life here in Earth at the medical facility in Afghanista n, he made it clear, he made the message very clear h ow much he loved his family, his wife a nd that he was called to a purpose," Steve said. "He was happy - even in those moments." Trav is' funeral will include full military honors, and his remains will be taken to Fayettevill e for burial.

    "We're sending him home to his wife who loves him, who has the covenant marriage relationshi p with him" Steve said, "and he'll also receive honors there." Travis Hunsberger's obituary i s on Page A6 of today's Truth. Memorial fund Friends and family of fallen U. S.

    Army soldier Travis Hunsberger of Wakarusa have established a fund for the financing of a fut ure war memorial in the Wa-Nee area. Those interested can contribute at Farm Bureau Credit Un ion, 66685 S. R. 19, Wakarusa, IN 46573.

    Elkhart Truth, The (IN) - July 4, 2008
    Deceased Name: TRAVIS K. HUNSBERGER
    Feb. 4, 1984 -June 27, 2008 FAYETTEVILLE, N. C. - Staff Sgt. Travis K. Hunsberger, 24, of 522 1 Flatrock Drive, Fort Bragg, formerly of Wakarusa, Ind., was killed at 7:25 p.m. Friday (Jun e 27, 2008) after striking a pressureplated improvised explosive device while on foot durin g combat reconnaissance patrol in Lamay, Afghanistan.

    He was born Feb. 4, 1984, in Elkhart, Ind., to Steve E. and Ronda K. (Bemiller) Hunsberger. O n Feb. 10, 2007, he married Hannah Govan.

    She survives along with his parents of Goshen, Ind.; one brother, Kyle Hunsberger, at home; o ne sister, Kelsey Hunsberger, at home; and grandparents Kenneth and Ruth Bemiller of Elkhar t and Kelly and Deanie Hunsberger of Wakarusa.

    Hunsberger was a 2002 graduate of NorthWood High School, where he played soccer and wrestled . He attended Ball State University. He enlisted in the U. S. Army in 2004 and was on his sec ond tour of duty in Afghanistan.

    Hunsberger was a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha senior communications sergeant a ssigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He volunteered fo r the Army in 2004 as a Special Forces candidate. In 2006, he earned the Green Beret.

    His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star medal, Army Commendation medal with V devi ce, Army Good Conduct medal, National Defense Service medal, Afghanistan Campaign medal, Nonc ommissioned Officer Professional Development ribbon, Army Service ribbon, NATO medal, Comba t Infantryman badge, Parachutist badge and the Special Forces tab.

    Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, all at Nappanee Missio nary Church, 70414 S. R.

    19 N. The funeral service will follow visitation at the church at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Pa ul Commons of Wakarusa Missionary Church will officiate, with assistance by Daryl Kauffman, H unsberger's uncle. Burial will be in Sand Hill State Veterans Cemetery, Spring Lake, N. C.

    Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, 501 N. Elkhart St., Wakarusa, is assisting with arra ngements.

    Memorials may be given to the SSG Travis Hunsberger Memorial Fund in care of Farm Bureau Cred it Union or Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, P. O. Box 388, Wakarusa, IN 46573.

    Elkhart Truth, The (IN) - July 6, 2008
    Deceased Name: Army Staff Sgt. Travis Hunsberger
    WAKARUSA - The remains of Army Staff Sgt. Travis Hunsberger will arrive here today in a publi c procession through downtown.

    The Patriot Guard Riders, a motorcycle group that honors U. S. military personnel, will lea d the 12-to 15-car procession from the South Bend Regional Airport to Wakarusa, funeral offic ials said Saturday.

    The motorcade will travel south down S. R. 19, then turn onto Waterford downtown Wakarusa bet ween 11 and 11:15 a.m.

    The procession will end at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home at 501 N. Elkhart St.

    Hunsberger, 24, was killed June 27 by an improvised explosive device while on patrol with hi s Army unit in Lamay, Afghanistan.

    Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and 1 to 3 p.m.

    Tuesday at Nappanee Missionary Church. Funeral services will be held at the church at 3 p.m . Tuesday.

    Elkhart Truth, The (IN) - July 9, 2008
    Deceased Name: 'He was a true leader' Staff Sgt. Travis Hunsberger remembered for his sense o f humor, bravery and passion for life
    NAPPANEE - The memorial service for Army Staff Sgt. Travis Hunsberger drew hundreds of peopl e who knew him - and even some who didn't - out into the rainy Tuesday afternoon.

    AlongsidethemainentrydriveatNappanee Missionary Church, about 70 members of the traveling Pat riot Guard stood at attention, holding American flags. All of them volunteers, the men and wo men stood outside near their cars and motorcycles and wrung their clothes free of water whil e friends and family went inside.

    "We come when the family invites us," senior ride captain Russ Bauer said of the Patriot Guar d, of which some members crossed state lines to volunteer Tuesday. "Travis knew of us prior t o leaving and his family knew immediately that they wanted to invite us. We'll do whatever th ey want us to do." Friends remember Inside the church, hundreds of bulletin boards displaye d photos featuring Hunsberger, 24, with friends, family members or his wife, Hannah Govan Hun sberger, whom he married in February 2007.

    Of Hannah, Hunsberger's former college roommate Travis Speicher said the couple's relationshi p was "one of those true love at first sights." "I can remember Trav telling me he cared fo r her and how much he knew she was the one," said Speicher, 25. "If you look around at thes e pictures either they're kissing or Travis is staring right at her." Friends remembered Huns berger's sense of humor, bravery and passion for life - not to mention his penchant for bein g that friend who pulled everybody together.

    "Travis was one of those guys that even if you thought long and hard there was nothing bad yo u could come up with," said friend Jake Beer, 24, who attended high school and Ball State Uni versity with Hunsberger. "He was just one of those guys who's not afraid of anything, and wou ld do anything once or twice or probably a third time." Hunsberger's dedication and love fo r the military left an impression with those close to him.

    "I never met anybody who joined the service who was so excited about it," said childhood frie nd Brandon Rummel, 24. "He came out of basic training and most people come Robert Borrelli ta lks to people who came to honor the soldier, those who knew him and those who did not. At eTr uth.com 'He came out of basic training and most people come out of it and say they'll never d o it again, but Travis was ready to boot up and do it all over again.' Brandon Rummel, childh ood friend of Travis Hunsberger out of it and say they'll never do it again but Travis was re ady to boot up and do it all over again." The Wakarusa native had earned a laundry list of aw ards, including the Green Beret and Bronze Star medal, before he died from treading upon an i mprovised explosive device while in Afghanistan on June 27.

    "The country lost a great soldier and a hero," said friend Joe Sheets, 25. "He was a true lea der." A tearful service Dry eyes were few as friends and family members contributed to Hunsbe rger's hour-long memorial service through words, song and p rayer.

    The soldier's uncle, Daryl Kauffman, assisted Wakarusa Pastor Paul Commons with officiating t he ceremony. Kauffman's words about his nephew drew several standing ovations.

    Of the war, "a lot of voices said to cut and run," Kauffman said. "This young man decided t o run, and serve, and I thank him for that." Two of Hunsberger's fellow servicemen delivere d short speeches. Of his friend, Army officer Louis Morales said from very early on he knew H unsberger was "somebody I wanted on my team, because he was somebody I could depend my life o n." Before Hunsberger's younger brother, Kyle, spoke, Kauffman told the boys' younger sister , Kelsey, that "one of the reasons Travis did w hat he did was with you in mind." Kyle read t he Robert Frost poem "The Road Not Taken" after calling his brother the "most selfless perso n I ever met." At times, the service turned funny: Kyle ended his speech with a teary referen ce to Hunsberger's nickname, Mullet.

    Morales remembered Hunsberger's smile and ability "to make you laugh even while he was makin g fun of you." Speicher compared his friend to a warm, inviting bonfire, but jokingly concede d that "the kid just couldn't drive." A message of hope and strength in faith was stressed. H unsberger's family "didn't have to go searching for God," Kauffman said. "They didn't have t o go searching for strength. It was already banked in the heart." And as friend Martin Flower s sang the hymn "Take Him Home," Hunsberger's parents, Steve and Ronda, sang along from thei r seats.

    A hero's salute As the onlookers filed outside to say goodbye, the skies had cleared.

    Hunsberger was honored with a 21-gun salute, a presentation of Indiana flags to his family an d playing of "Amazing Grace" and taps.

    Representatives of U. S. Rep Mark Souder, R-Fort Wayne, and Gov. Mitch Daniels also spoke aft er the salute.

    "The sacrifice made by these young men and women and Travis will not be forgotten," said T o m Applegate, who represented Daniels, "ever."
  • Change Date: 18 Jul 2009 at 01:58:45



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