Dr. Jerry W. Travelstead

Thursday, December 13, 2007
Dr. Travelstead

Dr. Jerry W. Travelstead, D.D.S., 65, Greencastle, died Tuesday at Seton Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born in Terre Haute, he was the son of Homer Travelstead Sr. and Bess (Cooke) Travelstead.

He was raised in Terre Haute and graduated from Garfield High School in 1960 and from Indiana State University in 1963.

After enrolling in the Indiana University School of Dentistry, he graduated and became a dentist in 1967. He practiced dentistry in Brownsburg for many years and in Greencastle since 1999.

Besides belonging to many fraternal organizations, he was a member of Greencastle First Baptist Church, the Indiana Dental Association and the Ameri-can Dental Association.

During the years he gave his time, energy and resources to help those who could not afford dental treatment. During the last few years he spent many Fridays providing treatment to others at a free clinic (St. Ann Dental Services) in Terre Haute.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Mabel Travelstead, Ruby Cartwright, Mary Sue McClara, Dorothy Keidel and Elizabeth Reynolds; brother Charles Travelstead Jr.; a niece and a nephew.

He is survived by sons Jerry Travelstead Jr. and wife Kandice, and John Travel-stead; brother Homer Travel-stead and wife Julie; stepchildren Jenny Williams, Bill Myers and Richard Reid; and several nieces, nephews, 15 great-nieces and nephews, and nine great-great-nieces and nephews.

Services will be at noon Saturday at First Baptist Church, Greencastle.

Visitation is 2-9 p.m. Friday at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center, Speedway, and 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann Dental Services.

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  • Dr. Travelstead has been my dentist since he came to the office in 1999. He was a great man and I truly enjoyed my visits to his office. He really cared about his patients and made you feel comfortable.

    As an ISU Alum, I feel a double sadness for not only losing my dentist but a fellow Sycamore.

    He is now in the hands of God which means he is in the best place. May God continue to watch over his friends, co-workers, and family while they begin the healing process.

    You will be missed by many.

    -- Posted by Treeboy2007 on Thu, Dec 13, 2007, at 12:16 AM
  • Dr. Travelstead has been my dentist since 2001. He was always so friendly. He will be missed very much. He went out of his way with me, and he was the best Dentist!!! God bless all the co-workers and his family!

    -- Posted by NGambill on Thu, Dec 13, 2007, at 7:21 AM
  • I am so grateful that my dad found such a neat community in which to "start over"; lots of great friends and a dental practice that really seemed to fulfill his need to help folks. He also found a wonderful church in which to be involved and deepen his faith. My brother, my wife, and I are extremely grateful for all the thoughts and prayers for him over the past 3 weeks and we're grateful that he got to spend the last 8 years of his life in such a caring community.

    -- Posted by jwtravel on Thu, Dec 13, 2007, at 7:23 PM
  • Jerry was my friend. That despite the fact that, as we joked, he and I wouldn't have voted for the same candidate for dog catcher. That difference -- and the issues are real -- never, ever got in the way of his being there for me whenever I needed it. A true friend, indeed.

    -- Posted by Bobannon on Sat, Dec 15, 2007, at 4:28 PM
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