Travis Dean Gethmann, 48 | News, Sports, Jobs

Travis Dean Gethmann, 48, of Gladbrook, IA, died at his home on Saturday January 28, 2023. A private family visit took place. Cremation rights were granted. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Anderson Funeral Homes in Gladbrook was appointed to handle the matter. Online condolences can be sent to

Travis was born on September 20, 1974 to Doug and Sandy Gethmann. He grew up in Gladbrook and attended school in Gladbrook/Reinbeck, where he graduated from high school in 1993. In elementary and middle school, Travis participated in the Talented and Gifted program. In the summer he gave swimming lessons to younger children and helped his father on the farm. He loved sports, especially the Green Bay Packers and the Iowa Hawkeyes. He loved all sports, skiing, swimming, hiking, running, skydiving, triathlon, weightlifting, fishing and anything sport related. 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 joined Wm Penn where he played basketball and tennis. Travis graduated from WM Penn with a degree in Biology and later took the job as Head Tennis Coach at WM Penn. After his experience at Wm Penn, he worked on his master’s degree at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He also loved motorcycles. When Travis was 14, he received his motorcycle license to ride his motorcycle within sight and earshot of his father. Every year, Travis and his father 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.

He married Damaris Hernandez on February 11, 2017. Travis and Damaris lived at Gethmann Century Farm where Travis, Damaris and his father converted the 1929 barn 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 United States. They enjoyed many motorcycle trips together on his bike. His father affectionately called him “T,” as did many of his family members and friends. He was loved by everyone who knew him, from young to old. His humor and personality were contagious.

He will be so missed by his wife Damaris, his father, his mother, sisters Darcy, Whitney and Marlis, brothers Marc, Denny and Randy and many nieces and nephews.

His grandparents and a niece preceded him in death.

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