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William David Stage
1927-2010
On Oct. 14, 1927, in the small town of Washington, Pa., the sun rose on a storied life. On this day, a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Stage. The proud parents gave him the name William David Stage (Bill). Bill departed this life on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010.
Bill grew up and matured in the town until the time came for him to honor his country with his service in the United States military. Bill's first enlistment was in 1945 in the U.S. Army, where he spent two honorable years. After his time in the Army, Bill took two years to mature and in 1950 he joined the U.S. Air Force. There, he committed 27 1/2 years. Bill served honorably, both in the United States and abroad.
He received numerous awards and citations for his efforts in the Vietnam War and the Korean War. He not only received awards for his efforts during wartime, but also received many citations and awards for his work during peace time. Bill was a Bronze Star recipient for his service during the Vietnam War.
On April 5, 1947, Bill married Bernice Jakuboski. To this union there were born three children. Bill was an avid outdoorsman who loved to share his experience and knowledge with everyone young and old. He trained many hunting dogs for himself and his friends. Bill also enjoyed a nice round of golf. With all of his hobbies, he gained the friendship of many people.
Upon his death, Bill was preceded by his parents, two of his sisters and his daughter, Janet L. Stage.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 63 years, Bonnie Stage; and two children, David L. Stage, of Alamogordo, and Carol A. and Phillip M. Parham, of Alamogordo. He also leaves a loving brother, Harold Stage, of Port Orchard, Wash.; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his faithful dog and side companion CP.
Having been a resident of this wonderful town for more than 30 years, Bill also leaves behind a host cherished friends, all of whom will cherish his memory for a very long time.
The family is requesting that instead of donations and gifts to the family that people make contributions to Alamogordo Homecare and Hospice, located at 1859 Indian Wells Road in Alamogordo, or to Alzheimer's research at www.alz.org.
The family has entrusted the care of their loved one to Alamogordo Funeral Home. Cremation has taken place locally at PCS.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Nov. 9 to Dec. 9, 2010
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