Obituary for Robert Earl "Doc" Savage
Robert Earl "Doc" Savage, aged 98 years, of Temple passed away at his home on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Doc was born on the 26th day of August 1919 in Shenandoah, Iowa to Walter Westley and Elsie Josephine (Russell) Savage. Although he was born in Shenandoah he was raised on a small farm outside of Tabor, Iowa.
He attended Tarkio College in Tarkio, MO and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and business administration. Doc worked his way through college by shoveling coal into the boilers at the college that would heat the radiators up on campus for building heating. He also worked for BF Goodrich at one time during his earlier years.
In 1942 Doc joined the United States Army Air Corps and became a navigator as well as a radar man and bombardier on B-24 bombers (8th Air Force) flying out of England during WWII. He successfully completed 25 missions over occupied Europe.
After WWII he spent some time at a Strategic Air Command post in Fairbanks, AK flying B-29’s mapping the Canadian Archipelagos. He was helping to establish flying systems to fly across the Arctic. While there he attained the rank of Major. He gave up flying in 1951 and moved to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas where he would revise and establish academic training programs for the Air Force. While living in San Antonio he was deployed to several different stations throughout the world to include Turkey and more close to home Virginia. In 1972, after having completed over 30 years of service, Doc would retire from the Air Force and remain in San Antonio with his family.
He married his first wife Justina Y. CZ in 1947. Doc and Tina would raise a family and spend the next 49 years together until her death in 1996. They enjoyed spending time together and after his retirement they enjoyed traveling the United States in their RV. After Tina’s death he would then go on to marry again in 2003 and spend his time with his new wife Lia until her death in 2006. Doc was a member of the VFW and the American Legion as well as the DAV. He had been a resident of San Antonio for most of his life until moving to the Westphalia area in 2011 to be with his son and grandchildren.
Doc is preceded in death by the mother of his children Tina, his second wife Lia, one son Dale Savage and his parents Walter and Elsie.
Doc leaves behind to cherish his memory his son Roger "Doc" Savage and wife Sherry of Westphalia and his two grandchildren Skylar and Eli Savage.
A memorial service will be held at Hewett-Arney Funeral Home on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 11 AM with Deacon Charlie Wright officiating. A private reception will be held after the memorial service. A burial of ashes will take place at a later date at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas with full military honors being rendered by the United States Air Force.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Temple College Softball Program. Memorials can be mailed to 2600 S. 1st St. Temple, Texas 76504 with a designation to the Robert Savage Memorial.