Travis Bestwick
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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Travis Bestwick who was born in Wisconsin on May 29, 1983 and passed away on June 22, 2008 at the age of 25. We will remember him forever.

 For Court Update, please see His Legacy Page

A message by George Carlin

Read at Travis' Funeral By Mike Langendorf (Funeral Director)

The Paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower view points. We spend more, but have less, we buy more but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degres but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessley, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered puter space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small characters, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are the days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throw away morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is time when there is much in showroom windows and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or just hit delete.

Remember; spend sometime with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever!!

 Remember, say kind words to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say ''I love you" to your partner and your loved ones,but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside you.

Remember to hold hands and charish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love , give time to speak! And give time to share the precious throughts in your mind.


Life is not measured by the numbers of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

George Carlin



Travis A. Bestwick
Kenosha - Travis Austin Bestwick, 25, passed away on Sunday, June 22, 2008, at 8:08 a.m. in Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident that occurred early Sunday morning in Kenosha.

Travis was born on May 29, 1983, in Baraboo, WI, to Rick Bestwick and Nanci Hulchiy. He lived most of his life in Lake County, Illinois, until moving to Kenosha 5 years ago. Travis was employed as an extremely knowledgeable customer service specialist for Argus Wireless in Zion, IL.

Travis definitely lived life to the fullest. He was a fanatic about riding motorcycles, four-wheelers and snowmobiles - though his deepest passion was for racing his “Green Machine” car. Above all, Travis was happiest when in the surroundings of his family and friends. He loved to spend time with his “Princess” Arianna and his “little buddy” Jordynn.

Surviving are his parents, Rick and Nanci Bestwick of Kenosha; sister, Shawna Bestwick; niece, Arianna; nephew, Jordynn; aunts, Judy (Michael) Guzaldo, Diane (Robert) Motyka, Marybeth (Michael) Madry, Lesta (Jack) Hemstreet, Kileen (Louie) Koutromanos and Peggy (Scott) Smith; uncles, Stewart (Marjorie) Bestwick, Jack (Verna) Bestwick, David (Lyla) Orrico; Michael, William and John Hulchiy; and the love of his life, Dana Neises. Travis is further survived by many other aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends too numerous to mention by name.

Travis was preceded in death by his grandparents, Michael Hulchiy, Dorothy Hulchiy, Lester Bestwick, Charles Orrico, Lorraine Orrico-Pattee and Bill Pattee; uncle, Robert Hulchiy; and very dear cousin, Michael Madry.

Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Thursday, June 26, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. with Rev. Jeffrey M. Thielen officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4-7:30 p.m. All are invited to return to the funeral home on Friday beginning at 1:30 p.m. for the procession that will leave for Sunset Ridge Memorial Park at 2:00 p.m.

A heartfelt note of thanks to all the first responders of Kenosha Police and Fire; Flight-For-Life; and Froedtert Hospital for trying to save our beloved Travis. May God bless all of you!

Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd., Racine (262) 552-9000

Sent by Angel Lisa Mass via Laura and AV

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Tributes and Condolences
Holiday Hugs   / Jim's Mom
July 4th   / Jim's Mom
Thanksgiving  / Jim's Mom
Happy Thanksgiving from Jim Sandra and Shirley. Hope you have a nice Thanksgiving. Love yas
Happy 4th of July   / Paula/ Cindy's Mom
Happy Heavenly Birthday Travis!   / Paula/ Cindy's Mom
Easter / Jim's Mom     Read >>
spring / Jim's Mom     Read >>
It's been a while...  / Jen K. (old friend )    Read >>
Happy Valentines Day  / Family Of Lisa Christine Maas (Tard Friends )    Read >>
Valentine / Jim's Mom     Read >>
Thinking of you this Christmas !!! xoxoxoxo  / Daniels Momma Melinda     Read >>
Happy u both  / Daniels Momma Melinda     Read >>
Turkey Day Wishes...luv Lisa & the Tard family..♥♥  / AV/Laura Family Of Lisa Maas ♥.     Read >>
Happy Halloween to r Angels...  / AV/Laura Tard Family Of Lisa Maas ♥♥     Read >>
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His legacy
Next Court Date August 4, 2009  
Due to lack of time our case has been continued until the 4th of August.
There were 4 people brought in to testify for the State and only two testified before it was 5:30 pm and they called it a day.

Still no trial date set.
Court 06-29-09  
We will be in court again on Monday the 29th.  There will be testimony on the admissibility of the PBT given at the hospital, which showed the POS with a .08 bac.  Not sure who will all be there to testify for the State, but I will update after the hearing.

No trial new trial date has been set, but we expect a new one on the 29th, but with this wonderful IN-justice system who knows.
Latest court update  

On February 25th the judge presiding over this case stepped down and we were in court on March 13th with a new judge.

At that hearing we were given an April 23rd motions hearing at 3 pm and a final pre-trial May 11th and Trial May 18th.

All of the above are at the Kenosha County Court House.


Court Updates  


The trial has been adjourned (continued) until May 4, 2009, with a final pre-trial on April 8, 2009 both at 9 am at the Kenosha County Courthouse before Judge Bruce Schroeder.

As this is at least the 3rd trial date we have been given, we hope it will be the last and before Travis is gone for a year, justice will be served.


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Travis 6-13-08
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