Lauren Wynn “Bud” Sage, age 90, passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 2, 2019 at the Apple Creek Health and Rehab facility in Bentonville, Arkansas. He was born on March 20th, 1929 in Minneapolis MN.
He was a small business owner, and served as Vice President of Chemetron Corporation and Liquid Air. He graduated Anoka High in 1947 and attended the University of Minnesota School of Business. Bud was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Masonic Order.
When he was 21, he married his loving wife, Shirley Arlene Buecler with which he raised two sons, David Wynn Sage and Stuart William Sage. Shirley died after a long illness in Clarendon Hills IL on July 17th, 1992.
In retirement, Bud served as Wabana Township Supervisor from 2010 to 2016 and was Board Chairman from 2016 to 2018.
His many contributions were commemorated by the township having named the warming house and maintenance shop after him. He spearheaded the project and oversaw the construction of the building. As Board Chairman, he brought to completion projects such as the tennis court renewal, renovating Town Hall, building a storage garage, bringing electricity to the Pavilion, and maintaining Beach facilities.
Additionally, Bud was active in the Highway 38 Edge of the Wilderness Leadership Board, the Wabana Chain of Lakes Association, and the Itasca County Township Association.
He was awarded “2009 Leader of the Year” by the Minnesota Association of Townships, recognizing high standards of dedication, ability, creativity, and leadership. Wabana residents have often said they will enjoy the fruits of his vision and work on behalf of the community for many years to come.
His work with the township and the county makes evident that Bud loved to BUILD things and was hands-on. Bud designed and built, with his hands, his determination and his passion, his retirement home on Bluewater Lake in the mid 1990s with the help of his sons and friends.
He is survived by his wife Mary Lou Sage who he married in 1997, his sons David Sage (wife Brenda) of Cape Coral Florida, Stuart Sage, (wife Tanya), and his grandchildren Lauren Sage and Nathanael Sage of Bentonville Arkansas.
Bud’s uplifting spirit, generous nature, sparkling humor, and unwavering strength of character touched many lives and he will be missed by all who knew him. His family is grateful for the long and joyous life he lived and the delight he brought to so many.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice.
A celebration of life gathering will be held in Grand Rapids with details to be announced at a later time via the Grand Rapids Herald and the Wabana Warbler.