Marlon Baxter Savage, 92, of Bethany, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Integris Hospice House in Oklahoma City. Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m., Wednesday at Lowell-Tims Chapel with the Rev. Keith Wiginton and the Rev. Laddie Adams officiating. Interment will follow in the Restlawn Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
He was born Sept. 7, 1920 in Grand Saline, Texas to Beulah Hardy Savage and Henry A. Savage. He was the youngest of eight children. The family moved to Oklahoma when Marlon was a baby and established residency in the Friendship community. When his father was elected Sheriff for Jackson County, they moved to Altus. He attended Altus High School and played the trombone in the band. He attended one year of college at Oklahoma University. Marlon worked at Whites Auto store in Hobart where he met and married Winona Mitchell in 1942. They had five children: Larry, David, Gayle, Jan, and Beverly. Winona passed away in April 1975.
Marlon enlisted in the US Navy in 1943 and served for three years. After his discharge, he returned to work with Whites Auto in Hobart. During the 35 years he worked for Whites, he managed stores in Altus, Paris, Texas, Big Springs, Texas, San Angelo, Texas and Denver, Colorado. While in Denver, Marlon was promoted to the Rocky Mountain Region District Manager. After the passing of Winona, he and his youngest daughter moved to Altus to be near family. He bought the hardware store in Blair and established Savage True Value which he operated until 1996 at the age of 76.
He married Willie Mae Houpe in November 1976 and welcomed to his life her two children, Deahn Savage and John Houpe. He and Willie Mae moved to Bethany in 1996 to be near Deahn as the other children lived out of state. Marlon and Willie Mae enjoyed over 36 years of marriage together.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Winona Savage; one stepson, John Houpe; a granddaughter, Lindsay Savage; and two sons, David Savage and Larry Savage.
Marlon is survived by his wife, Willie Mae Houpe Savage of the home in Bethany; Gayle Savage and Karen of Anchorage, Alaska; Jan Hard and Louis of Denver, Colo.; Beverly Stone and Hardy of Frederick, Maryland; Irene Savage of Dearborn Heights, Mich.; Deahn and Mike Savage of Bethany. Also surviving are four grandsons, nine granddaughters, and 12 great-grandchildren.
The family suggests that memorials can be made in Marlon Savages name to the Integris Hospice House, 13920 Quailbrook, Dr. Oklahoma City, OK 73134, Cancer Research or the charity of your choice.
For family and friends not able to attend the service, Lowell-Tims will provide a live web-cast of the service beginning at 12:58 p.m. on Wednesday. To join go to www.lowell-tims.com click on obituaries then on Marlon Savage. There will be a large button inviting you to join the web-cast. On-line tributes can also be made to the family at www.lowell-tims.com
Online Tributes can be made at www.Lowell-Tims.com.