Travis John Heet, beloved son, brother, cousin and uncle, passed away unexpectedly in his home in Fenton, Mo. He was baptized into St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Plymouth, and maintained devotion to his faith throughout his life, most recently as a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Fenton. In 2015, Travis became a member of the Knights of Columbus (Council 2440, 1st Order), and was a Knight in good standing at the time of his death.
Travis enjoyed family, good books, single malt scotch, strong black coffee, good conversation and his beloved rescue dog, Cuddles, who preceded him in death. He was a private man who shared pieces of himself with those he loved and cared for. Travis loved his family deeply and unconditionally, and moments shared with him were precious, illuminating, and finished too soon. A giant of a man and a scholar at heart, Travis had an artistic soul and longing for finding the truth in all things.
Travis graduated in 1993 from Plymouth High School. While there, he helped to develop the literary club Alpha Delta Rho with his dear teacher, Mrs. Anna Liechty. Travis retained a love of learning throughout his life, and there were few topics about which he hadn’t read. Travis left a library of Tolkein, Shakespeare, Church catechism and history, blacksmithing, World War II, mysticism, classical Russian and English literature, poetry and paperback thrillers. We will miss his engaging conversations, keen knowledge, wry humor, and big bear hugs.
Travis leaves behind his parents, Lawrence and Alanna Heet of Plymouth; his sister Bethany (Dan) Burgun of South Bend; and his four brothers: Benjamin (Emma) Heet of Skokie, Ill.; Adam (Kelly) Heet of Mishawaka; Thomas Heet of Chicago, Ill.; and Zachary (Hannah) Heet of Raleigh, N.C.; as well as several nieces and nephews. Travis was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry and Alvina Heet and Chuck and Jane Bishop.
As the eldest of six children, Travis’s influence on his younger siblings cannot be overstated. He served as guide, leader, protector, and mentor for each of them, and we will forever carry Travis in our hearts. Those who knew Travis were blessed, and pray he rests in peace.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, at St. Michael’s Church in Plymouth. Condolences may be mailed to 10033 Carriage Dr, Plymouth IN 46563. Memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA at aspca.org.
Deaton-Clemens Van Gilder Funeral Home is privileged to be entrusted with arrangements.