American Hero and Pioneer of Alaska, Colonel David B. Savage (ret) peaceful passed away November 16, 2013 with his family at his home in Anchorage, Alaska.
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Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Anchorage Masonic Lodge #17, 1431 Eagle Street in Anchorage. Internment with full military honors will follow at 1:30 p.m., May 23, 2014 at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery. Those attending will need to meet at the JBER entrance gate at 1:00 p.m.
David was born December 24, 1919 to Josephine and Gordon Prescott Savage Col. (ret) in Battle Creek Michigan and grew up at Chilkoot Barracks in Haines, Alaska and later Fort Gibbon on the Yukon River in the 1920s. He eventually returned to the lower 48 with his military family to pursue in his father's footsteps as a military officer. He served in both World War II and Korean War under Generals George S. Patton and Crayton Abrams. As a senior armor officer David was involved in the biggest US Army envelopment of the German Army at the Battle of Arracourt in France. Later he taught at the Armor School in Fort Knox, Kentucky. His final military assignment was the Post Commander at Fort Richardson completing a 30 year career. Upon retirement he became a teacher in the Anchorage School District and taught Military History, US Government and English for over 25 years at Bartlett High. He was very charitable in his outlook on life and frequently supported Native organizations throughout the United States. He was a 32 Degree Mason and a member of both Lodge 17 in Anchorage and Scottish Rite. David married Elizabeth Eads Randall 11 January 1945 in Sebastian County Arkansas and later had three children; Adeline, Gordon and Peter. Elizabeth supported him throughout his military career as a Military Family Support member and as a nurse volunteer in "Gray" Ladies.
David was preceded in death by his son, Gordon. He is survived by both Adeline and Peter. Peter married Delores A. Savage and now lives in Anchorage as a retired senior military officer. Adeline married Terry J. Kennedy a Mobile Oil Engineer who lives in Massachusetts.
Arrangements were by the Anchorage Funeral Home. Please visit David's obituary and online guestbook at www.AlaskanFuneral.com
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from May 18 to May 19, 2014