Memorials to SMART-TD members who died on the job in 2019



Travis “Bowie” Andrepont, the secretary/treasurer of Local 1947 in Lake Charles, La., was killed before dawn on Tuesday, Aug. 20, in a rail accident in Beaumont, Texas.

Andrepont, 39, of DeQuincy, La., had worked for Union Pacific for 16 years, according to a company spokeswoman. He became a member of SMART Transportation Division in January 2006 and had been the local’s S&T since January 2018. He also was secretary of LCA 577 (sUnion Pacific-MP).

He is survived by the love of his life, Paiton Andrepont; one son, Riley; two daughters, Shiloh and Amelia; his mother, Lesa Russell and step father, J. Russell; grandparents, Walton and Dellie Baggett and Audrey Andrepont, all of DeQuincy; one brother, Brian Andrepont of Houston; two sisters, Dawn Lewis and husband David of DeRidder, and Ashley Broussard and husband Jason of Lake Charles.

“His love for his wife and his children, surpassed everything else,” his obituary read.



Brother Chris Seidl of Local 1227 (Wichita, Kan.) was struck and killed by a train car the night of Dec. 3, 2019, while performing service in a yard in north Wichita. He was an employee of Wichita Terminal Association, which is jointly owned by BNSF and Union Pacific.

He had been a member of SMART-TD since October 2018.

He is survived by his parents, Steve and Kathy, brothers Chuck, Corey and Chad. He is the father of three children: Wyatt, Adison and Brody. He was engaged to fiancée Jody Hagen.



Brother Curtis C. “C.C.” McConihay of Local 1386 (Parkersburg, W.Va.) was killed in an accident on CSX property in Washington, W.Va., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019.

Brother McConihay, 32, was a U.S. Marine veteran and lived in Southside, W.Va., with his wife, Megan, and their two daughters, Madalynn and Alexis. He joined SMART-TD in May 2015 and was a conductor for CSX.

“He was a true friend, always quick to help anyone in need, loved to make people laugh and was always good for a smile and a big bear hug,” his family wrote in his obituary.