Travis Hans Jessen, 46, one of America’s finest, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at his residence in Minot, ND. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Redfield, SD. Reverend Tom Anderson will officiate. Following a time for lunch and fellowship, burial with military honors, will follow at St. John’s Cemetery in Tulare, SD.
Visitation will be Wednesday, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield. A prayer service and rosary will begin at 6:30 p.m. Family will be present during this time to accept condolences. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home (www.hykefuneralhome.com).
Travis Hans Jessen was born July 19, 1971 in Redfield to Richard and Catherine (Campbell) Jessen. He grew up in Tulare and graduated from Tulare High School in 1989. He entered the United States Air Force directly after graduation and honorably served his country until he retired as Master Sergeant in 2009. After retirement, Travis began his civilian career at the Minot Air Force Base with employment duties the same as when he was enlisted.
Travis was married to Tracy Brown and they welcomed their son, Tyler in 2000, who was his pride and joy.
According to Travis, he was the best hunter and fisherman around and would travel all over the country doing what he loved. He was a dedicated father, son, and brother and treated those he supervised like his family and always referred to them as “his boys.”
Travis is survived by his son, Tyler Jessen of Minot, ND; dog, Blocker; parents, Richard and Cathy Jessen of Tulare, SD; sister, Lynail Larson and family of Redfield; sister, Melissa Jessen and family of Aberdeen, SD; grandma, Joan Campbell of Huron, SD; and many extended family members.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents: Hans and Tillie Jessen and Virgil Campbell; and his dogs: Hunter, Magnum and Nitro.