Melvin D. Sage, 75, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at his home in Willard.
Melvin was born April 17, 1947 in Dover, the son of Austin “Auty” and Luella M. Olson Sage. He lived in the Willard and Rossville communities all of his life and graduated from Rossville High School.
After high school, Melvin began working for the Kansas Gas Service Company where he worked for 45 years, retiring in 2010 as a dispatcher.
On October 14, 1967, Melvin and Loretta Duncan were united in marriage in Topeka. She survives of their home.
In 1965, he enlisted in the National Guard and was part of the 69th Brigade that was activated in 1968. After training in Colorado Springs, Mel was sent to Vietnam in 1969.
Other survivors include two sons, Bryan (Robin) Sage, Osage City, and Daniel (Lisa) Sage, Topeka; his sister, Arletta Nichols, Topeka; grandchildren, Brett, Jordan, Tyler, Sydney, and Madison; nieces, Yvonne Church and Yolande Nichols.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Yvette Nelson.
Mel never met a stranger and was quick to brag about his grandkids. He loved fishing and the outdoors, K-State football, KU basketball, and the Kansas City Royals. His true love was Loretta and traveling around watching all of the grandkids’ activities.
Mr. Sage will lie in state, and the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Monday, December 19, 2022 at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 P.M. Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys. Burial will be in the Dover Cemetery. A late lunch will be held at the Dover Federated Church at 13535 SW 57th St., Dover.
Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Kansas Cancer Center or to the VFW and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. To leave online condolences, go to www.piperfuneralhome.com.