Walter Albert (Walt) Sage

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Walter Albert (Walt) Sage

Birthplace: Grand Junction Mesa County Colorado
Death: Died in Gresham Multnomah County Oregon
Place of Burial: Willamette National Cemetery Portland Multnomah County Oregon
Immediate Family:

Husband of Norma Jean Shanks and Coeta Velree Ragsdale

Managed by: Judith "Judi" Elaine (McKee) Burns
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About Walter Albert (Walt) Sage

s/o Leo Leslie Sage Frances Eliza Watt Sage

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!). 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.

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 July 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 married Virginia Marjorie (Farris) Clark on Aug 29, 2002; she was 77. Virginia passed away in 2006.

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Walter Albert (Walt) Sage's Timeline

January 26, 1924
Grand Junction Mesa County Colorado
July 30, 1965
Age 41
Bellflower, California
July 30, 1965
Age 41
April 14, 2009
Age 85
Gresham Multnomah County Oregon
Willamette National Cemetery Portland Multnomah County Oregon