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Travis L. Orth – Obituary

Name: Travis L. Orth

Age: 37

Born: 03-22-1981

Died: 01-13-2019

Joy Christian Center, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Joy Christian Center, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Travis L. Orth, age 37, of Menomonie, WI and formerly St. Cloud, MN passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 13, 2019. A celebration of Travis’s life will be held at Joy Christian Center in St. Cloud, MN with visitation services from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019 with burial at Assumption Cemetery in St. Cloud immediately following. Arrangements are with the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud.

Travis was born on March 22, 1981 in St. Cloud to Scott and RoxAnne (Lentner) Orth. He graduated from St. Cloud Cathedral High School in 1999, Lawrence University in 2003, Michigan State, and then the University of New England with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Travis married Julia Liebich on January 17, 2014. He was currently employed at TRIA Orthopedic Center in Woodbury, MN.

Travis loved to explore new places, countries, cultures and foods. He enjoyed cooking gourmet meals, spending time outdoors, running triathlons, skiing, golfing, playing hockey, fishing and hunting. But he enjoyed nothing more than playing with and reading to his children. His wife and family-mother, father, sister, aunts, uncles and cousins meant everything to him. His personality, generosity and sparkling smile brought light to everyone he met.

He is survived by his wife, Julia and their children-Keira (age 4) and Liam Orth (age 2); parents, Scott and RoxAnne of St. Cloud; sister, Jenny (Tim) Gertgen and children-Megan and Austin; grandfather, Everett Lentner; inlaws, Bill and Pat Liebich, Carol Govin Springer, Trent (Katrina) Liebich and children-McKay (age 5) and Ragnar (age 1), and Erinn Springer as well as extended family and friends.

Travis was preceded in death by his brother, Matt in 2012; and grandparents, Larry and Sylvia “Bunny” Orth, and Kathryn Lentner.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Guestbook for Travis L. Orth

February 10, 2019, 6:12 pm
My condolences to the family. Please be comforted by the Bible's promise of the resurrection. John 5:28,29, Acts 24:15
Emily Green
, Patient
January 25, 2019, 2:43 am
Travis led me to the path of recovery. He was the first doctor I've encountered to want to learn my medical background to holistically treat my diagnoses. He continuously possessed each quality one could ever ask of their physical therapist. His support and compassion for all in the workplace also poured over into his family. When speaking of his family, you could sense a dominating feeling of love pour out from each sentence he spoke. I would be lucky to experience the kind of love it's clear he had for his family and for his field of expertise. He will always continue to be an inspiration for now I will continue my path of recovery in his memory. My heart goes out to the family and friends who lost a loved one beyond too soon. He will never be forgotten.
Sandy Schmit Faust
January 22, 2019, 8:47 pm
Rox, my heart just breaks for you and Scott!! There are no words, so I send my love, hugs, and prayers for some kind of understanding and peace. I believe God will guide you through this incredibly difficult time, but it's clear He has a lot of explaining to do as well!! May His love give you strength and grace to help each other through this pain!!
Mary & Gary Parsons
, Friend
January 22, 2019, 3:55 pm
Scott & RoxAnne, Its difficult to know what to say just now...except that you are thought of in sympathy and friendship. May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time. 💔
Nathan Mikulcik
, Co-worker
January 21, 2019, 8:07 pm
I had the honor of working with Travis in Willowbrook with Athletico. He inspired all of us to strive to be our best and never settle for anything less. We spent plenty of the work day discussing family/friends and hopes for the future. We shared a passion for endurance sports and, at one point, considered doing a blog together. The goal was to qualify for the Boston Marathon and run it together one day; I will have to carry this on and now run with him in my heart. He will be greatly missed.
sa Maria Blad My
, friend through his wife Julia
January 19, 2019, 5:28 pm
Dear Julia, Keira and Liam, Carol and Erinn, we in Norway are so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed your visit at our home in Norway some years ago when Travis and Peter conducted the triathlon in Haugesund. As I am also a physical therapist at a rehabilitation hospital here at Nesodden in Norway, we had a lot to talk about. We also had a plan to come to Wisconsin again and conduct the American Birkebeiner. We didnt get the chance to do that with you and Julia. You were very inspiring on that. We still would like to do it though. Here in Norway we have conducted the Norwegian Birkebeiner many times but we thought that one year we will do it with you and Julia in Wisconsin. It is very abstract that you are not with us anymore. You were full of life and your family is wonderful. We send our love and condolences to your family. We miss you. We will never forget you.
Jeff Houser
, Friend
January 18, 2019, 6:13 pm
Travis was one of the kindest, most genuine people I ever knew. He had a tremendous heart. He worked with Megan and I at our Seattle PT clinic and his patients and colleagues adored him. We quickly became friends and golfing buddies. We were able to play some spectacular rounds in the Pacific NW together including Bandon Dunes and Chambers Bay, as well as countless rounds about the city (Trav, I will hold on to the fact that I did beat you once out of the many rounds we played- I was thankful for that snap hook you had going that day!) We stayed in touch over the years, frequently discussing college sports and ragging on one another for our teams dismal loss to the others, as well as talking about our profession, golf, our young families and life. The things that I loved most about Travis and will truly miss was that Travis had a zest for life and approached everything with such vigor and enthusiasm. It was contagious. Even more though, Travis had an innate ability to make you better- in whatever it was that you were involved in. Not because he told you how to do things better, but because he showed you. He pushed me to be a better physical therapist, a better friend, a better spouse, a better father and a better person. Travis you touched so many lives during your oh too short time on this earth; I am not even sure you know. I look forward to seeing you again my friend. May the wind be at your back, the sun upon your face and your ball always sit beautifully in the fairway. I am sure that you and Matt will be teeing it up together soon. To Julia, Keira, Liam, RoxAnne, Scott, Jenny and all of his family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss; words just cant even begin to express my condolences. I pray that you find peace and strength during this difficult time and for those ahead and that you are able to turn to the fondest of memories and continue to celebrate his beautiful life. I love you Trav and will always remember you. God Bless
Rachel Lucas
, Sister in law
January 18, 2019, 12:12 am
Travis, My heart misses you. My heart aches for you. Please watch over us. My love to you always.
January 17, 2019, 1:34 pm
To the family and friends of Travis, I'm sorry for your loss, In this difficult time God will help you and hold on to you Isaiah 41:10
Joan Lentner
, Cousin
January 17, 2019, 3:13 am
My Heart goes out to all of you. You are and will continue to be in my prayers.
Troy Lentner
, Uncle
January 17, 2019, 2:31 am
Gone way too soon for a person that was just starting to change the world. Until we meet again. Much love!
Heather Cichanowski
, Colleague
January 16, 2019, 11:24 pm
Travis was such a talented physical therapist and positive person. HIs dedication to the care of his patients was noteworthy. I remember first meeting him and how excited I was to send him endurance athletes. I have learned so much from him and for that I am so thankful. Travis you are missed.
Matt Hofkens
, co worker
January 16, 2019, 8:26 pm
I recently started spending more time with Travis as he had an energy for group practice health care. The energy he brought to journal club energized me and I am thankful for our short time together.
Cassidy Peterson
, Colleague
January 16, 2019, 8:13 pm
Travis was my office buddy. Our desks were shared at work and there are too many times to count where Travis helped me problem solve with patients. As a recent graduate into the physical therapy profession, I viewed Travis as my mentor and loved learning from him. He always would light up talking about his children, wife, brother, and passion for helping others. I will miss his positive energy and the vast amount of knowledge he shared in such a humble way. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been touched by Travis. We are all grieving with you at TRIA.
Robyn Knutson Bueling
, Physician colleague
January 16, 2019, 6:44 pm
Travis was a terrific colleague! He was a skilled PT but also so enjoyable to spend time with, especially on our long days in the acute injury clinic. I will miss working with him and I know my patients will miss his care. I wish you all peace.
James and Cynthia Winterstein
, Friend
January 16, 2019, 6:35 pm
Dear Dr. Leibich, Keira and Liam, Cynthia and I send our heartfelt sympathy at this time of great loss. We pray that God will grant you faith and hope during this time of grief. May God bless and keep you. Sincerely James Winterstein President Emeritus National University of Health Sciences

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