Kenneth Ray Savage was the beloved husband of Diane A. Savage for 34 years. Ken was born March 28, 1945, in Center, the youngest child of Curtis and Mohea Savage. Ken was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1970 and was on active duty in Vietnam as a helicopter door gunner from 1966 to 1969. He proudly served his country so that we could live freely. Ken and Diane met in 1979 in Port Arthur, and married on May 10, 1980. Ken attended Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M University, and received an Associate of Applied Science degree in diagnostic medical imaging and radiology from Austin Community College. Ken worked as an MRI technician for the medical center in Nacogdoches for several years before retiring in 2010. Ken was a talented musician who enjoyed all kinds of music, but especially loved jazz, the big band era and opera. He loved animals and loved to travel. He also enjoyed studying photography, genealogy and archeology. More than anything, he loved his family. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Mohea Savage. He is survived by his wife, Diane; sister, Patsy Savage Harris of Nacogdoches; daughters, Kheena Pineda and her husband, Hector, of The Woodlands, Deanna Joy Fyffe and her husband, Brian, of Fort Hood, and Dee Dee Yelverton and her husband, Mike, of Taylor; and two grandsons, James and Cameron Pineda of The Woodlands. Ken was a quiet, kind, caring and loving husband, father, brother and friend to all. He will be deeply missed. Ken lost his battle with cancer and slipped away peacefully on the evening of Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Nacogdoches. In remembrance of Ken and in celebration of his life, please considering making a donation, in lieu of flowers, to one of the following organizations of which Ken was a member: The Marine Corps League, Pineywoods Detachment No. 1189, P.O. Box 633781, Nacogdoches, 75963; or Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Pineywoods Chapter No. 931, Nacogdoches, 75963. Laird Funeral Home.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Mar. 16, 2014