Travis Dean Gethmann, 48, of Gladbrook, IA, passed away Saturday, January 28, 2023, at his residence. A private family visitation was held. Cremation rights were accorded. A memorial service will take place at a later date. Anderson Funeral Homes in Gladbrook was disappointed with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com.
Travis was born on September 20th, 1974, to Doug and Sandy Gethmann. He grew up in Gladbrook and attended school at Gladbrook/Reinbeck where he graduated in 1993. In elementary and middle school, Travis participated in the “Talented and Gifted” program. He taught swimming lessons to younger kids during summers and helped his Dad on the farm. He loved sports, especially the Green Bay Packers and the Iowa Hawkeyes. He loved all sports, skiing, swimming, hiking, running, sky diving, triathlon, weight lifting, fishing and everything connected with sports. Basketball was his passion and his performance in High School earned him a full scholarship to play basketball with the D-1 MCC Tigers. After two years at MCC, he transferred to Wm Penn where he played basketball and tennis. Travis graduated from Wm Penn with a degree in Biology and later accepted the job as head Tennis Coach at Wm Penn. Following his experiences at Wm Penn, he worked on his Masters at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He also loved motorcycles. When Travis was 14, he received his Motorcycle Permit to ride his motorcycle within sight and sound of his Dad. Every year Travis and his Dad rode their bikes to Peoria, Illinois, for the National TT Dirt Track Championships. He also made trips to Sturgis, SD and Nashville on his bike.
On February 11th, 2017, he married Damaris Hernandez. Travis and Damaris lived on the Gethmann Century Farm where Travis, Damaris and his Dad converted the barn built in 1929 into a beautiful home. Travis and Damaris loved the farm and loved to travel. They visited the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and many places in the US. They enjoyed many motorcycle trips together on his bike. His Dad affectionately called him “T” as did many of his family and friends. He was loved by everyone that knew him, both young and old. His humor and personality were infectious.
He will be so missed by his wife Damaris, his Dad, his Mother, sisters: Darcy, Whitney and Marlis, brothers: Marc, Denny and Randy and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and a niece.