Glen Eugene Sager passed away July 18, 2016, at Spring Creek Inn in Bozeman, Montana, 12 difficult years after suffering a traumatic brain injury as a result of a motorcycle accident.
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Glen was born Sept. 9, 1944, in Bozeman to George and Catherine Mae (TeSelle) Sager. Glen grew up, alongside older brother David, on ranches along Brackett Creek and the Madison River, graduating from Bozeman High School in 1962. After high school, he moved to Portland, Oregon, to attend Multomah Bible College before returning home to Bozeman and graduating from Montana State University with a degree in business.
It was during his time at MSU that Glen met and married Sandra Louise Stroh. Glen then joined the Navy, moving up in officer ranks to Lieutenant, and spending one year in Vietnam during his five-year Navy tenure. In 1967, Glen and Sandy welcomed son, Kirk Allen, followed six years later by daughter, Kimberly Ann. After military service, Glen joined Michelin Tire Corporation, working as district manager for 16 years and residing in Denver, Colorado, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Napa, California. Montana's big skies and open ranges; however, were never far from his heart and mind and in 1987 he and Sandy bought Lambrecht Tire, based on Bozeman's Main Street, and moved home to be closer to family. They eventually merged with Tire Rama, opening several more tire centers in the area.
After 14 years in the business, Glen retired at the age of 57 to do the things that he and Sandy loved to do: spending time at the family cabin in the Tobacco Roots, hiking, hunting, and travelling the world. At the age of 59, Glen took a motorcycle trip to Alaska; on the last day of his trip he hit a deer near Great Falls, thus altering his life forever.
Glen is survived by his life love, Sandy; his son, Kirk Sager of Bishop, California; his daughter, Kim Sager-Fradkin, son-in-law Steven Fradkin, and grandchildren Stella Mae and Miles Louis Fradkin of Port Angeles, Washington; brother and sister-in-law, David and Sharon Sager of Jacksonville, Arkansas; his aunt, Lucille TeSelle; in-laws Ray and Sherry Stroh, Barb Domire, Margaret and Larry Severe, Mike and Pam Stroh, and Teresa Schlauch; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Glen was preceded in death by his father, George Woodson Sager, and his mother, Catherine Mae Sager.
Glen will be cremated and his ashes spread in his beloved Montana. There are no services planned.
We would like to thank the staff at Spring Creek Inn for their loving care of Glen through the years; Mary Beth Siewert at the Veteran's Administration for her care and advocacy for Glen in the years following his injury; and the staff at Hospice of Gallatin Valley for helping to make this transition as peaceful and pain-free as possible.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 21, 2016