|Birth: ||Jan. 26, 1924|
|Death: ||Apr. 14, 2009|
The man of dreams in every girls life, my beloved Daddy!
Born the fourth of five children to a blind Mama and a farmer Dad; he learned early on the importance of hard work and the love of a close knit family.
On December 30, 1942, at the age of 18, he enlisted with the United States Navy. Through his hard work, he achieved the rank of Seaman 1st Class on the USS SatterLee (DD 626). He was also a Baker 1st class (which he loved because he could make fudge every night and eat it all!). Daddy saw action at the Normandy Invasion then on to the Mediterranean and South Pacific. He received several awards recognizing him for his service, including two Stars, a Good Conduct medal, and a Victory medal. His fellow soldiers viewed him as a brother in arms and knew that he was as much a part of their family as their loved ones back home. He was honorably discharged on January 12, 1946.
Married Coeta Velree (Ragsdale) Pace on Nov 11, 1951, witnessed by Charles & Eltana Allen. Mr. Hasselblad, Baptist minister. Inherited two daughters. Later divorced, but remained the best of friends.
Daddy accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in January 1964. He lived the rest of his life loving and serving our blessed Redeemer.
Daddy drove 18 wheelers for Safeway Stores for more than 30 years. He taught us respect for those big rigs and what a great bunch of guys most of the drivers are.
Married Norma Jean (Shanks) Riskey on Jul 30, 1965 at Calvary Baptist Church of Bellflower, California. Dr. H. Frank Collins, Baptist minister. Inherited two sons and one daughter. After 35 years of marriage, Norma passed away on Aug 28, 2000. When he was 78 he married Virginia Marjorie (Farris) Clark on Aug 29, 2002; she was 77. Virginia passed away in 2006.
Daddy taught us that anyone can be a father but it takes a special person to be a daddy. Given a choice, we couldn't have chosen a better Father or Daddy. "Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers." Proverbs 17:6.
85 years, 2 months, 19 days.
Many thanks to Jim Walls from Oregon for stone photo and to Darlene (aka Searching) for beautifying Daddy's military picture.
Thanks to all who leave a flower & note. My Daddy would be embarrassed with all the fuss; but I treasure every word written.
Leo Leslie Sage (1884 - 1970)
Frances Eliza Watt Sage (1888 - 1987)
Coeta Velree Ragsdale Hall (1930 - 1969)
Norma Jean Shanks Sage (1924 - 2000)
Virginia Marjorie Farris Sage (1925 - 2006)
Aloha Velree Pace-Sage Blackwood (1947 - 1981)*
Robert Sage (1906 - 1967)*
Nina Mae Sage Woodruff (1908 - 1996)*
Leo Leslie Sage (1914 - 1963)*
Walter Albert Sage (1924 - 2009)
Wilma Rose Sage Kelly (1926 - 1985)*
Willamette National Cemetery
Plot: Plot: Section AA Site 591
Created by: Arleta ♥
Record added: Oct 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43643655