SPRINGFIELD, IL - Family and friends of Ahto Saviste will honor his memory at a memorial service at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the family plot in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Ahto passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, and per his wishes, cremation rites were accorded. A military honor service will be performed, followed by eulogy from Rev. Gerald G. King.
In 1944, Oskar and Olga Saviste were forced to leave their home in Tallin, Estonia, on Sept. 22 (Ahto's 12th birthday), ahead of advancing Russian and German army conflicts, with their sons, Ahto and Taavo. The family eventually ended up in a displaced camp in Germany until 1949 when sponsoring families of Springfield afforded them the opportunity to come to the U.S. After locating in their Springfield home and their work jobs, Ahto continued learning the language, completed his schooling and served four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He returned to Springfield after his service years. He became a citizen of the United States while serving his newly adopted country. He, his parents, and brother, Taavo, formed the Saviste Construction Co. which Ahto and Taavo continued after the passing of their parents.
Ahto is survived by a son, Todd of Macomb, and daughter, Tami of Simsbury, Conn.
A son, Tomi, who passed away May 3, 2014, and infant son, Ted, are with him in his new heavenly home.
The family requests that memorials be made to the donor's