Travis Warren Dekoff, aged 15 years, passed into the arms of his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ last Wednesday night at B.C. Children’s Hospital. His parents Larry and Anita Dekoff were at his bedside, as well as Oma and Opa Daase, his uncle Lorne Dekoff, and family friend and Pastor George Werner.
Where do we begin to tell you about our Travis. He was the first born child of Larry and Anita, and such a blessing to all of our family. He was a leader, a goal setter, an excellent student, a thinker, a planner, a joker (he had a great sense of humour), and was a joy to all who knew him. He was an encourager, a comfort to talk to (you could really trust him), a logical boy when it came to giving advice, and his love for people was so unconditional. He loved all his friends and always spoke highly of them. He was an opportunist and had a very sharp memory. He loved baked potatoes, moose steaks and tacos. He had an appreciation for life. He always saw the good in people. We all loved him so much!
February 2002, Travis was diagnosed with cancer. All throughout his treatments, he was such a trooper. He complained very little, and was polite to all who entered his hospital room. He was a remarkable boy. Everyone would always comment on his strength and character. For being so young, Travis made such a big impact on so many people.
Next to his academics at school, sports played and important role throughout Travis’ life. His favorite team was the L.A. Lakers. He loved hockey, hunting, fishing trips with his dad, video/ computer games, music, his many wonderful friends, and most important to him was spending time with his family. He liked to go cruising with his cousin Nathan, loved to play (mean) jokes on his cousin Melissa to get a reaction out of her, and loved to spend time with and talking to his cousin Dinel. He was a wonderful role model to Dylan and Shaelyn and he taught them so many things. As a brother, Travis was the best! He always set a good example for Lindsay and Dallas as he thought the world of them. He would help them in any way he could, and was just the perfect BIG BROTHER!
Travis leaves behind his parents, Larry and Anita; his two younger siblings, Lindsay, who is 13 and Dallas who is 12; his maternal grandparents (Oma and Opa) Emil and Nathalia Daase; paternal grandparent (Omie) Hilda Dekoff; uncles and aunts, Lorne and Lorrie Dekoff, Herb and Maureen Daase, and Les and Marilee Daase; cousins, Melissa and Nathan Daase, Dinel Dekoff, Dylan and Shaelyn Dasse; and his beloved dog, Oreo.
He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, (Opie) Sam Dekoff.
Travis, we never dreamed you would be going to heaven before us all…BUT, we know that you have always been a leader in our family, and now you are the first one of us to see JESUS. You are happy and whole and we will see you again. We look forward to spending eternity with you …our precious son, brother, grandson, nephew, and cousin. We are so grateful to the wonderful Doctors, nurses and staff who have been so supportive and showed Travis and family such kindness. Words cannot express our gratitude towards Cst. Stenbeck – Travis’ Cop Buddy, our Church family, community, Rosedale Elementary School, and Rosedale Middle School for all their care. We’d also like to thank our precious friends for their love and support, and for generously giving of themselves every step of the way. You will never know how you have blessed us.
Public viewing is Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003, from 3-9 p.m. at Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home, 45865 Hocking Ave., Chilliwack.
Graveside service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 and is for family and extended family.
Officiating at graveside service will be Pastors David Rutledge, Sean Vandop and Wes Daase. Memorial Celebration Service of Travis’ Life is Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003 at 2 p.m. at First Avenue Christian Assembly, 46510 First Ave., Chilliwack and is open to all.
Light refreshments will follow the service. Officiating at the Memorial Service will be Pastors Dwayne Trelenberg and David Rutledge.
Pallbearers are listed as follows: Herb Daase, Les Daase, Nathan Daase, Lorne Dekoff, Lyle Mertke and Jonathan Commins.
Honourary Bearers are: Thomas Strahl, Sean Peters, Dave Isbister, Brendan Rutley, David Porier, Scott Johnson, Eric Tiessen, Paul Korbeld, Hong Trieu, Amber Armstrong, Katie Bott, Alex Giesbrecht, Christy Wellsby, Alyssa Bauer, Elise Cochran, Ashley Watson, Bonnie Northgraves, Kaityn Waddington, Daniel Sluys and Matt Rutledge.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to B.C. Children’s Hospital Oncology Ward, and/ or Cops for Cancer.