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R. Keith Sage
(September 12, 1923 - January 27, 2013)

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R. Keith Sage

R. Keith Sage, 89, died January 27, 2013 at Railside Living Center, Byron Center. Keith was born on September 12, 1923 to M. Burr Sage and Leona Will Sage, Battle Creek, Michigan. He graduated in 1942 from Hastings High School. He worked as a stock mover at the E. W. Bliss Company in Hastings before entering the service on January 9, 1943 at Camp Robertson, Little Rock, Arkansas.

He served in the U.S. Army in the 295th Ordinance Motor Mechanics Co. in the Battle of the Ruhr Pocket and crossing the Rhine River. He was honorably discharged at Camp Gruber, OK, November 21, 1945 with the rank of Technician Fifth Grade.

He attended the Veterans Vocational School at Pine Lake, Delton, MI where he trained as a draftsman. He was a senior designer for the E.W. Bliss for 36 years, retiring March 1981.

Keith was a volunteer fireman for the Hastings Fire Department and received a Special Tribute from the State of Michigan and the city of Hastings for 45 years of exemplary service. Keith was Assistant Fire Chief under Mr. Edward Tudor for six years.

Keith is a Life Member of Hastings Masonic Lodge #52 and a pass master.

Keith enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years, and also liked to dance with the Ringo Swingo Square Dance Club and served as president. He was on the Hastings High School Alumni board for many years. Keith enjoyed woodworking in his basement workshop, making end tables, hall trees, bread boards, music boxes, knife holders, rocking horses, and clocks. He made a lamp from a fire hose nozzle and wired the original fire alarm that had been used many years by the Hastings Fire Department. He donated both back to the Department as antiques. Keith loved the Hastings Fire Department and the men he worked with.

Keith as preceded in death by his parents, M. Burr Sage and Leona Sage Kelley and his brother, Jack Sage and step-father, Jess Kelley.

Keith is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Elsie (Edwards), of 69 years. Daughters, Cindy (Rand) Winters, Alto; Lola Tyler, Delton; Joyce Sage, Hastings; Jackie (Harry) Barwin, Byron Center; Janice (Doug) Mascho, Stanton. Grandchildren, Todd (Angie) Sattler, Renae Sattler, Grace Marvin, Laura Marvin and Rebecca Barwin; two great grandsons, Kolby and Wyatt Sattler. Sister, Phyllis Kelley Settles, Georgia, and brother, Richard (Carolyn) Kelly, Marshall. Many nieces and nephews.

Visitation and Funeral Service:
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Girrbach Funeral Home
328 S. Broadway
Hastings, MI
Todd Clark, officiating

Visitation:  11:00 am -  12:00 pm
Funeral service:  12:00 pm 

Memorial Contributions:
1) Diabetes Foundation

2) Hastings Fire Department

3) Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Private at Hastings Township Cemetery


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