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RONALD L. SAGERAge 60 of Geneva, died suddenly, Friday morning at his home from apparent heart failure. BORN / EARLY YEARSHe was born October 8, 1947 in Shawnee, OK, the son of Jack and Luvinia (Rogers) Sager. Ron grew up in Blackwell, Oklahoma and graduated from high school in Ponca City, OK where his family moved in his senior year. MILITARYFollowing graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968 and was stationed in Germany where part of his duty involved NATO communications systems. Returning home to Ponca City in 1971 he became a lineman for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. CAREERRon continued with Southwestern Bell as they became AT&T and he made the transition from lineman to technician to supervisor. He not only had the skills to make that transition, he had the determination to do so as well. Ron never backed way from a challenge. He was driven to succeed with excellence and his record remains living proof. His working years took he and his family to California in 1987, to Denver in 1990 and to Illinois in 1998. He had an engineering mind that saw things not only in detail but with a panoramic vision that made him unique in his comprehensive approach to everything from fixing the back door to managing an entire telecommunications system. He was a remarkable mix of talents, traits and interests that made him a most wonderful man. As husband and father, Ron had high expectations of himself and of his children. With strong but loving hands he both guided and disciplined, always seeking the best for his family and always willing to do whatever it took to provide it for them.SURVIVORS He is survived by the love of his life for twenty-four years, Louise; His mother, Luvinia Sager of Shawnee, OK, Three children: Eric (Amber) Sager of Norman, OK, And their family: Taylor 12, Austin 9 and Lauren 6;Kelli (Tony) Vozzolo of Colorado Springs, CO (Tony currently serving in Iraq)Kevin Sager of Chicago, IL and currently a student at DePaul University;Siblings: One brother Gary (Pauline) Sager of Bozeman, MT, And their family: Kendall and A.V. His mother-in-law, Elizabeth Schrader,One sister-in-law, Marty (Scott) Shannon,Four brothers-in-law:Richard Schrader Robert (Pam) Schrader, Keith Schrader Chuck (Mary Beth) SchraderIn addition he leaves his ever faithful "companion in crime", his beloved dog, Simon. PRECEDED Ron is preceded in death by his father and his grandparents, Andrew and Naoma "Honey" RogersMEMORIAL A memorial has been established in Ron’s name to benefit the Heart Association and other favorite charities. Memorials checks may be made to the Ronald Sager Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through his obituary at www.conleycare.com.
A memorial visitation and funeral service will be held Monday, April 21, 2008 at the Community Church, Elburn. Friends may call at visitation from 4pm- 5:45pm and services will begin at 6pm. The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Dire will officiate.
Following cremation, private family committal services will later be held.