When I speak of Ken, I explain to people how he lived life on his terms. He didn't chase the things in life so many of us waste time on. He spent time on what was important to him. A lesson I think we all could learn. And along the way he never harmed a living soul. In fact, Kenny Cupcakes (as my daughters called him) was in fact a gentle man. I've known Ken for practically my whole life and he made me feel as though he was my brother, not brother-in-law. Goodbye Brother, may you rest in peace. (Jeannie's brother too, Ray)
I am so saddened and dismayed to learn of Ken's passing. My heart goes out to you and your son, and I will keep you both in my prayers.
God speed Ken. you will be remembered and loved by all past and present.
There are many things that come to my mind abount Ken. Lots of it was Seahawk games not metion the 10 years of working next to him. He taught me alot he will be missed. I am certainly glad to be a friend. Hope the best for him and his family which I know he loved very much. Thanks for the memorys buddy.
I just heard yesterday that Ken past. He was a Co-worker when I was a younger lad. He worked at Bargreens for several years. What I rememember he was proud of his wife and son, and he was dedicated to his work. I'll remember Ken as a man that Loved his family, work and lived simply. There is nothing more honorable then that.
Ken was a great guy to know. Always had a great attitude and was a great teacher to us at Bargreen Ellingson.
I also loved the fact that he was one that could come up with more one liner comebacks than I could, and that is saying a lot :)...I still use many of them today.
Ken will be missed and I am sure he is making someone laugh above with his witty ways.
I can think of a handful of people whose influence changed the way I think and the way I see the world. Ken was one of those people. I often sought out his opinions on a myriad of subjects and his insight was always rational and humorous. I worked with him for many years and even though he retired, he never left my thoughts. I'm reminded of him every time I come in to work. He made me a better person and I am grateful to have known him.
Jeannie - I know from the stories you've shared with us at work, Ken was an amazing, funny and dedicated husband and father. Lean on your family and friends for strength and remember how much we all care about you. Hugs.
When thinking about Ken I think of 4th of Julys,Kalalochs,and Tokelands,mostly.When I first met Ken and Jeannie it was in the mid 80s.I took to him right away.His merits I am pretty sure were many but,his happy and fun way about him are what I liked most.Just the joy in his laugh makes me tear up thinking about it.I will always be thankful for having known him and sharing so many great memories with him and Jeannie.I want to be Ywhere he is when I get there.Your forever friend, Ray Richardson
Jeannie & Perry-
My heart goes out to you both. I knew Ken had been ill, but thought there would be plenty of time to visit after he felt a little better. It is a good lesson to not take life for granted. I am so glad we saw Ken this summer and had a good visit.
I have known Ken since late high school, early college years, when he snd Jeannie started dating. Ken will always remind me of Kalaloch and Tokeland and clam digging, pictionary games, cards, and good times. We had so many wonderful times together. We did our share of camping, baseball games, volleyball games, and sitting around the fire. I always have to laugh when I remember the time he got angry with Stuart for cheating at pictionary. It was unusual to see Ken angry. Of couse, it did not any good to say or do anything to Stuart - he was always going to try and get away with whatever he could.
And I won't soon forget Ken and Jeannie and Amos when they lived down in Auburn. You had to go through Ken and Jeannie's bedroom to get to the bathroom and if you stayed all night and they were sleeeping, it was not an easy task to get by Amos. He was a great guard dog and although he was just a poodle, he knew how to keep me in my place!
Ken had such a dry sense of humor - I always had to stop and think twice about things he said. But he had the greatest laugh and smile! He was very knowledgeable about a wide variety of things.
I will miss Ken very much. Jeannie, take care of yourself and call me whenever you feel like it! I love you.
Message from Terri Hulett ,
Hi Jeannie, I was sorry to hear about Ken or "Kenny" as I always knew him. Our families lived across the alley from each other and I grew up with Ken. My brother Tom Orth & Ken had to put up with me for many years. Our families grew up together. Sue & my sister Mary Ann went to school together. My mom Anna Mae went to high school with Elsie. The Sage family was very special to me and had a lot of influence (all good) on me. Jerry & Ken went up to Port Townsend with their dad awhile back to visit my mom in the nursing home. I wanted you to know that you and your family have been in my thoughts & prayers. God Bless, Terri Hulett;Oak Harbor, WA.
(There was a glitch, so this message has been added by Jeannie for Terri, please let me know if anyone else has a problem.)
For My Brother Kenny
Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Everything remains exactly the same. I am I and you are you, and the old life is untouched & unchanged. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used, Laugh, play, smile, think of me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same that it ever was. There is absolute an unbroken continuity. What is death but a negligible accident...Why should I be out of mind brcause I am out of sight? I am but waiting for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well. All is well.
All my Love, Sue
Kenneth Raymond Sage
10/3/50 ~ 12/12/12
Ken was born in Seattle and graduated West Seattle High in 1968. He lived in Renton with his loving wife Jeannie and son Perry. Ken is also survived by brother Jerry, sister Suesann Armstrong and her son David Molvar. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
This is the obituary I submitted to the times for publication on 1/1/13.
To Ken's Family and Friends,
Ken passed away in his sleep 12/12/12. He retired August 2010 due to COPD and escalating medical issues. We may have a memorial for close family and friends at a later date when out-of-state relatives are available. Thank-you for all the cards, thoughts and prayers you have sent our way. Love, Jeannie