Travis Dwayne Bender, a long-time resident of Oklahoma City, passed away peacefully in Oklahoma City on Sunday, April 23, 2023 at the age of 44. Travis was born on June 9, 1978 to Bobby Bender and Sharon (Wooley) Bender.
Travis grew up and attended school in Oklahoma City. He attended and graduated from Capital Hill High School. After high school Travis worked in several different companies including Budget Grocery Store, Hibdon's Tire Center, Copeland Trucking, and Daly Express. During his last several years he worked as a dispatcher for Copeland Trucking.
Travis married the love of his life, Tammy (Stone) Daly on March 8, 2014 in Oklahoma City, OK. They remained happily enjoined for nine years until his death on Sunday.
Travis was a wonderful husband, son, brother, and uncle and he loved time he got to spend with his family. In 2018, Travis was fortunate enough to have been the recipient of a kidney and pancreas transplant and was a big advocate for organ transplants. He was so very thankful for the organization LifeShare of Oklahoma who helped to facilitate the transplant that saved his life. In fact, the family has designated LifeShare of Oklahoma as appropriate for memorial contributions. Memorial contributions can be left at www.lifeshareoklahoma.org/ways-to-give
He was an avid dirt track race car enthusiast and even drove his own car at Meeker Raceway.
Travis had special love for his fur babies and his four dogs brought him great joy.
Travis is preceded in death by his father, Bobby Bender; his maternal and paternal grandparents; and his beloved dog Sammy.
He is survived by his wife Tammy Bender of the home in Oklahoma City; his mother, Sharon of Yukon, OK; his sister, Tammy Slover and husband Jimmy of Oklahoma City; 2 nieces, Amanda Hogan of Yukon and Candice Slover of Oklahoma City; by his three remaining dogs Maggie, Giovani, and Coco which filled his heart with love; and by other extended family and many good friends.
A memorial service for Travis will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at Will Rogers Park Conservatory, 3400 NW 36th Street, Oklahoma City. Arrangements are under the care of McElyea & Owens Funeral Group of Shawnee.
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