Lloyd Calvin Savage
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WAVERLY: Lloyd Savage, 90, of Bristol Village, Waverly, OH, (formerly of Chillicothe for 47 years), died at home on May 10, 2014. He was born October 1, 1923 in Justus, OH (Stark County) to the late Thomas and Bertha Fisher Savage. On August 29, 1948, he married the former Norma Jean Kreischer, who survives.
Also surviving are his daughter, Diane Christine, and son-in-law Elsley Keith Witt, Jr., of Albuquerque, NM; three grandchildren, Christine (Witt) Hoffman, and husband Scott, of Hutto, TX; Dr. Laura (Witt) Harvey, and husband Mark, of Blacksburg, VA; and Elsley Keith Witt III of West Chester, OH; great-grandchildren Ethan Thomas Harvey and Caitlyn Rhys Harvey; and sister Nola Warstler of Sebring, OH.
He was also predeceased by a brother, Arthur Savage, and sister, Effie Savage Lauck.
A three-year veteran of WW-II, he first served in the Aleutian Campaign with the 159th Infantry of the 7th Division on Attu in Alaska's Aleutian Peninsula. Then after joining the paratroops, he served in Germany with the 504th PRCHT INF of the 82nd Airborne Division ending with the occupation of Berlin.
He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Otterbein College, a Master of Music Degree from the University of Michigan, with additional studies at THE Ohio State University, and the Shrivenham American University in England.
A music educator, he taught in Van Buren, Hartville, and Columbus OH schools before becoming Chillicothe City School's Music Supervisor until his retirement in 1978. In each of these communities he also directed church choirs - Van Buren EUB Church, Hartville Church of the Brethren, Columbus Northminster Presbyterian Church, and Chillicothe's Tyler Memorial United Methodist Church. In addition he conducted numerous community choirs, and the All-Ohio Senior Choir at the Ohio State Fair. While at Tyler UM Church he also served as Sunday school teacher, Lay Leader, Conference Delegate; and later on, sang in the choir as well as played piano for congregational singing.
In community affairs, he served on numerous committees and was particularly active during the bicentennial celebrations of Chillicothe. the Northwest Territory, and the State of Ohio.
He was a member of the Sunset Club, the Chillicothe-Ross County, and Ohio Historical Societies; the Chillicothe, Ross County, Pike County, and Ohio Genealogical Societies; and a past member of Kiwanis and Symposiarchs. He served on the speakers' bureau for the Chillicothe-Ross Co. Historical Society. At his suggestion, the Kiwanis Club began a yearly celebration of Ohio's Statehood Day, which continues; and at Chillicothe High School, he began the first series of Broadway Musicals in cooperation with the speech department. In addition to high school choirs, he also had an All-City Boy Choir that performed for both the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate on a Statehood Day occasion.
As past president of the Chillicothe Civil War Roundtable, he gave his lecture on Civil War Music to numerous roundtable assemblies in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. At these meetings, his book, Songs Sung and Heard by Buckeyes in the Civil War, served as the outline for the lecture.
He was a member of all local, state and national education associations, and well as local, state, and national music education organizations, where he held various offices. He has been published both in state and national music publications.
Following his retirement from public schools, his primary conducting had been for Gymanfa Ganus (Welsh hymn sings) at local, state, national and international venues. He co-edited two books for the Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association, Songs of the Dragon and Welsh Hymns for Non Welsh Singers (a phonetic pronunciation guide).
Well known as an accordion player, there are few local organizations or clubs of youth and older groups that have not been under his direction as they sang to the accompaniment of his accordion. State and national societies have also benefitted from this talent.
Calling hours will be from 5:00 - 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at WARE FUNERAL HOME, 121 W. Second Street, Chillicothe. Funeral celebration services, with Pastor Donald Mundy and Reverend Donald Rossman officiating, will be held at Tyler Memorial UM Church, 260 Mill Street, Chillicothe, at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, with interment at the Welty Cemetery near Justus, OH, on Thursday.
You may sign his online register at www.warefh.com
Ware Funeral Home
121 West Second Street Chillicothe, OH 45601
Published in the Chillicothe Gazette on May 12, 2014