Age 91, of Lansing, MI, formerly of Elgin, IL, peacefully passed away on March 14, 2019, at Sparrow Hospital. He was born on September 22, 1927, to Loretta and Joseph Savage. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by an infant brother, Melvin, his sister, Carol Genautis, and a nephew, Steven Hammond. Joe is survived by his sister, Arlene Hammond, nephews and nieces – Greg (Roberta) Hammond, Vicki (Randy) Kindy, Marianne (Chuck) Eallonardo, Laura Genautis, Rick Genautis, Russ (Deb) Genautis, Cyndi (Steve) Andree, Lesa (Robert) Smigiel, Rob (Floriza) Genautis, and several great- and great-great-nieces & nephews.
Joe had a love of cars, both driving them and rebuilding them. It was his life-long passion. He was also an outspoken advocate and a proud lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
He was a Merchant Marine during World War II at the age of 17. Joe also served in the Korean War as an Artillery Specialist in the U.S. Army. Following his military service, Joe began his career working for Flexonics, Inc. After 37 years, Joe retired at the age of 62.
Two of his proud achievements were working with NASA on the Apollo 8 Mission, the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon, and the Apollo 11 moon landing mission, the first astronauts to walk on the moon.
Per Joe’s wishes, there will be no service. For those desiring, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Rifle Association online at https://donate.nra.org/donate, or to the TRUMP 2020 Campaign/RNC online at https://secure.donaldjtrump.com/donate in Joe’s memory.
Joe will be dearly missed.