Fund for Pfannenstiel Family

UPDATED JULY 29, 2019

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Dr. Travis Pfannenstiel, 43, a Ft. Myers, FL resident since 2015. Travis passed away in his wife’s arms on Saturday, July 27, 2019 after a 20 month battle with brain cancer. He was born February 1, 1976 in Salina, KS.

Dr. Pfannenstiel was active duty in the United States Army for 13 years. He was a parishioner of St. Columbkille Catholic Church, Ft. Myers, FL. Dr. Pfannenstiel was an ear doctor here in Fort Myers. He completed his Neurotology fellowship at Michigan Ear Institue, Farmington Hills, MI. His Otolaryngology residency was at Brooke Army Hospital, San Antonio, TX. He attended Loyola Medical School, Chicago IL, and Regis University in Denver, CO. Back at home in Hays, KS he attended Marian High School, and Thomas More Prep. “27 years of school” he explained to his kids.

Travis’ favorite things to do were: surgery, watch Kansas City Chiefs and Royals games, coach his sons’ little league baseball, spend time with friends and family fishing, and be in nature. He especially loved trees, even though, as he joked, he was allergic to most of them.

He is survived by his loving wife of 13 years, Terri Pfannenstiel of Ft. Myers, FL, formerly of Boston, MA; four adored children, John, Ryan, Hannah (triplets age 11) and Ellen (age 9) all of Ft. Myers, FL; his parents, Floyd and Sheila Pfannenstiel of Hays, KS; as well as many extended family members and friends.

A visitation will be held 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, 12171 Iona Road, Ft. Myers, FL 33908. A Memorial Mass Memorial will be held 1:00 PM, Thursday, August 1, 2019 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Interment will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Sarasota National Cemetery, State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241.

In lieu of flowers a gofundme account has been set up, to donate please visit https://www.gofundme.com/fund-4-travis-terri-pfannenstiel  in loving memory of Travis Pfannenstiel.

Arrangements for final care have been entrusted to Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33907. To share a story or photo, leave a tribute or to offer a condolence at this difficult time please visit www.fortmyersmemorial.com  and sign the guestbook.

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Updated -  1/3/2018

This fund has been created to support Travis & Terri Pfannenstiel and their four young children, 9 year old triplets - John, Ryan, Hannah and their 8 year old daughter, Ellie.

Radiology and pathology results at MD Anderson in Houston, TX, have confirmed our worst fears - Travis has been diagnosed with inoperable, terminal brain cancer. He will begin Chemotherapy and Radiation treatments in January 2018 for 6 weeks in the hopes that it will slow the progress, so he can have more time with his family.

The family needs financial support for the forseable future because Travis is no longer working. They will use the funds for medical and daily living expenses now, and Terri and the kids will need it in the future.

We have had several people ask about making larger, private donations - an account has been set-up for anyone that would like to make a private donation - the information is below:

Checks can be made payable to:
“Pfannenstiel Family Account”

Please mail or drop-off to the attention of:

Robin Martin-Executive Administrative Officer

FineMark National Bank & Trust
Riverwalk
12681 Creekside Lane
Fort Myers, FL 33919

Just to give you a little background about who set-up this GoFundMe account....my name is Kim Schultz and am I very good friends with Terri. She is my Yoga buddy!! My husband and I live across the street from them. I set-up this account with the help of a few other nieghbors in hopes that we can help raise support for them now and in the future. We are absolutely devastated by this and are trying in our own way to support them as best we can.  All funds from this GoFundMe page will go directly to their Phannenstiel Family Account at FineMark National Bank & Trust so it will be there for them when they need it. Thank you so much for your generous donations!!

Here is a more information about the Pfannenstiel Family...

Travis Pfannenstiel, MD, 41 years old, practiced as a Board Certified, ENT - Otologist/Neurotologist & Skull Base Surgeon at Ear, Nose & Throat Associates, MD, PA of Fort Myers, FL.

Travis is an awarded Physician, with his most recent Honor Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Foundation in 2016.

An Army Veteran, Travis has always placed a strong emphasis on making a team effort in all undertakings of his practice. His compassion and dedication to his patients afforded him an amazing career caring for others.

Travis met his wife, Terri, in 2004 while in the Army and they married in 2006. They live in Fort Myers, FL, with their 4 children in a house they recently renovated.

In addition to supporting their family, Travis and Terri also are responsible for caring for Travis's parents who also recently moved to the Fort Myers area.

Thank you for choosing to support this amazing family! They will be overwhemed with gratitude!

***You can also support the family by delivering meals to them - please visit our FoodTidings page ***

https://www.foodtidings.com/Schedule/View/c69e5ae2-3b1a-43cb-a5dc-5a300f979270



Travis's Bio:

Travis Pfannenstiel, MD is a Board-Certified, ENT - Otologist/Neurotologist & Skull Base Surgeon at Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates, MD, PA of Fort Myers, FL.

Travis received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with Honors from Regis University in Denver, CO, in 1998 and his Doctor of Medicine at Loyola University at the Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in 2002. He went on to complete his Internship in General Surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center, in Ft. Sam Houston, TX, in 2003. Travis completed his Residency in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center in Ft. Sam Houston, TX, in 2007. He completed is Fellowship in Otology/Neurotology & Skull Base Surgery, at Michigan Ear Institute & Wayne State University in 2009.

Travis is an awarded Physician, with his most recent Honor Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Foundation in 2016.

An Army Veteran, Travis has always placed a strong emphasis on making a team effort in all undertakings of his practice. His compassion and dedication to his patients afforded him an amazing career caring for others.

Travis met his wife, Terri, in 2004 while in the Army. They married in 2006 and have four children - 9 year old triplets, John, Ryan & Hannah, and an 8 year old daughter - Ellie. They live in Fort Myers, FL, in a house they recently renovated.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Kim Collins 
Organizer
Fort Myers, FL
Teresa Pfannenstiel 
Beneficiary
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