Dr. Eddie E. Sage

Nov 13, 2017
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Memorial Service: May 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, 2003 E. Mount Vernon Road, Waterloo, IA 50702



Bennington Township


May be directed to Mt. Hope United Methodist Church


Dr. Eddie E. Sage, 91, of Cedar Falls and formerly of Arizona, died at NewAldaya Lifescapes on Monday, November 13, 2017.

He was born on May 21, 1926 in Winterset, Iowa; the son of Donald and Elaine Gordon Sage.

He married Beverly Middlekauf and they later divorced; he married Betty Lou Gardner and they later divorced; he married Rosa J. Dawson, she preceded him in death in 1995; he married Juanita (Dale) Hansen on June 14, 1997 at the Mt. Hope United Methodist Church.

Eddie graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1943; he then graduated from Iowa State Teachers College in 1950 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Master’s degree in Education in 1953; he received his Doctorate in Administration Supervision Education from Wayne State University in 1962.

He taught in a one room country schoolhouse in Bennington Township; Eddie then taught at Buffalo State Teachers College for three years; and later taught at Northern Arizona University for 30 years from 1966 1996. He received the Manuelito NCA leadership award, for his work accrediting schools on the Navajo Reservation. Eddie was a member of Mt. Hope United Methodist Church.

He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the Asiatic Theatre and Japanese Occupation from 1946 1949; He was able to go on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. 
Survivors include his wife, Juanita Sage of Cedar Falls; four daughters, Scarlett (Ed) Bayard of Carrollton, TX, Marianne Sage of Florence, AZ, April A. Sage of Collinsville, IL, and Debra R. Scoby of Florence, AZ; a stepson, Steven Payne of Kalama, WA; 11 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; three brothers, Tom (Pearl) Sage of Pine Grove, CA, Robert Sage, Oelwein, IA, and Ernie (Virginia) Sage of Dunkerton, IA; and a sister-in-law, Beverly Sage of Waterloo.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia Erpelding; a brother, Donald "Bill" Sage; and two sisters, Rosemary Fliss and Ethyl Adsit.

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  1. Dr. Len Froyen | Nov 22, 2017
    Eddie was the central figure and mainstay inspiration for S.A.G.E. UNIversity. This innovative, intergenerational experience (Seniors Acquire Generational Experiences) sponsored by New Aldaya was the brainchild of Professor Kathy Oakland. I recall several fascinating, informative, and pleasurable visits with Eddie. I admired and appreciated his graduation exercise speeches and the favor of reading stories UNI students wrote about him. His engaging smile, humble accounts of his life and gentle and caring attention to Juanita were defining virtues and honored qualities. His ninety-one years were used to distribute his blessings far, wide and deep. Gratitude was a hallmark expression of his life. We live indebted to the multiple ways he expressed it. 
  2. Sue Green | Nov 19, 2017

    My deepest sympathy to the Eddie and Juanita Sage families.  I met Eddie when he and my father-in-law (who also lived at NewAldaya), went on the Honor Flight.  Eddie and my paths often crossed and I so enjoyed visiting with him.  As I was a math teacher and Eddie was a math professor, we "just clicked".  I even gave Eddie a math birthday card for his last birthday.  :)

    It was through Eddie and Professor Kathy Oakland of UNI, that SAGE University was created.  SAGE University was a innovative program that matched UNI students with senior residents at NewAldaya.  The pairs met 10 times over the course of a semester.  Many special friendships were developed through his program the two years that it was in existence.

    I will miss seeing Eddlie at NewAldaya!  However, I know that all his aches and pains are gone now that he is up in Heaven.

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