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     Donald William Gage, age 86, of Lamar, passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at his home following a sudden illness.

      Don was born January 15, 1925, at Lamar to Amos and Eva (Chaffin) Gage.  After graduating from Lamar High School in the class of 1943 Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  He served aboard the USS Montpelier (Mighty Monty) in the pacific theatre, earning 13 battle stars.  Don completed his Navy tour of duty in 1946 and then served in the Missouri National Guard until 1951.  Returning to Lamar, he owned and operated Gage & Son Machine and Welding Shop for many years.

      Always active in his community, Don was past post commander, honors team captain, and adjutant  of Lamar VFW Post 3691.  He will be remembered as a tireless worker and record keeper for the post and coordinator of the annual Memorial Day Program.  Don was also a member of American Legion Post 209, Disabled American Veterans, the Montpelier Cruisers, and Lamar First Baptist Church.

      On December 21, 1971, at Lamar, Don married Dee Sherwood and she survives of the home.  He is also survived by a son, Jason & Jennifer Gage, Salina, Kansas; four grandchildren, Joshua, Michael, David, and Sarah Grace Gage; and many good friends.   He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Gage.

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#7 Blue Springs, Mo.Marilyn Cuthbertson 2011-12-29 09:54
I'm so sad and sorry to learn of Don's death. I appreciated him so much for all the great support and assistance he gave while planning and bringing The Moving Wall to Lamar in 1999 - so many things I couldn't have accomplished that week without his help. And of course, I appreciated having him organize the Color Guard for the Opening Ceremonies of Relay for Life each year. He was a fine man of Honor -a HERO to me and so many others! May God comfort all his family and friends in this sad loss. Thank you Don - I will remember your kindnesses forever! RIP my friend!
#6 Lamar, MoMichael Main 2011-12-09 12:15
So saddened to hear of Don's passing. Always remember Don from so many varieties of life.Don bowled for many years and although I was never on his team we bowled against each other many times.His love for his country was a tribute to the time he spent in the Navy and from a fellow sailor, I really enjoyed his stories.He always asked for and received flag stamps when he came into the post office and I was delighted to chat with him shortly before his passing. He loved Lamar Tiger football and I know he would be proud of the"boys" for bringing home the 1st state trophy,ironically the day that he was buried.I will miss you Don Gage but know you are now safe in the arms of Jesus.
#5 Lamar, MoCheryl Givens 2011-12-02 11:33
While i have not known Don as long as most, I will trully miss our coffee talks. He never met a stranger, was so loving and caring, a true gentleman. I always looked forward to our afternoon talks...listening to his stories from his days of service to our country, the VFW and Lamar Sports! He always asked about my family and how we were doing. While I only knew he a short 3 years, I a trully blessed to have known him. He's on Glories side, and I will see you when I get there my Friend!
#4 LamarPatty, Jim and AJ Sorden and F 2011-11-25 06:51
We have known Don it seems all our lives, we will all truly miss him, and his caring ways, navy stories, love of golf, sports, especially Lamar sports, and his laugh!!!! Visiting with him daily was always a treat and as we waited for him Weds, because it seemed impossible he could be gone, we were saddened even more. Don always asked about our kids who have gone to live somewhere else, showing what a really good friend he was. Looking at the front door of donut shop at 10:45 is not gonna be the same. goodbye Don
#3 Liberal, MOShaun and Sandy Bean 2011-11-24 19:36
Tony, Jason, and Dusty and families
We can only imagine how you must be feeling; you are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything you need.
#2 Lamar,MOWally Norton 2011-11-24 07:49
I have known Don all of my life. I remember him and his dad when I went to the black smith shop, and was amazed at all of the things that they could do.
He was the same no matter where you saw him and I will miss him greatly.
#1 Margaret Marti 2011-11-23 19:30
I am saddened to hear of Don passing..We will miss him at Dennys..I enjoyed visiting with him when he came out to drink coffee..We talked about Lamar's football team & he was comfident that they were going to win State Champions..He will be missed by all who knew him.

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