Joseph G. Savage

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, or to the TRUMP 2020 Campaign/RNC online at in Joe’s memory.

Joe will be dearly missed.

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Mariannne Eallonardo
March 21, 2019 at 8:41 am

What a wonderful man Uncle Joe was! When he moved to Lansing just over 18 months ago due to health reasons, we weren’t sure how long he was for this earth. Fortunately for us, we had these many months to spend with him and to really get to know, appreciate, and LOVE him. He was so sweet and funny and smart and kind. I loved hearing all of his stories; I could listen for hours! I am going to miss you, Uncle Joe. Until we meet again.
Love you, Marianne

Jeff Kerber Sr.
June 23, 2019 at 4:06 pm

Joe was a good, and well respected friend of my father, Paul Kerber. What a wonderful man Joe was. I remember his love for cars, he was very particular about his Porsches. Joe was always humble, and never too busy to say a kind word to us kids when we were youngsters. He was a generous man, and he appreciated his friends. At Christmas time, for many years, Joe would deliver these – HUGE – fruit baskets to his friends for the holidays. Rest in Peace, my friend.


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