William F. Savage

Bill SavageAge 86, passed away January 23, 2021. He was born December 6, 1934, in Ann Arbor, to Ralph and Dorothy Savage.  Bill was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University and his Masters of Science Engineering from the University of Michigan.  He worked as an engineer for the State of Michigan, Department of Transportation (MDOT) for 27 years, retiring in 1988.  Bill was a past president of Old Newsboys Association, past president of Toast Masters Yawn Patrol Speaking Organization, past director of International Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), a licensed bicycle safety instructor, and a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity at Michigan State University.  He had a passion for biking (DALMAC tour for 25 years), swimming, golfing, playing bridge.  Bill and Mary also enjoyed their many years wintering in Florida.

Bill was a devoted, loving, and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend.  He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary; three children, Jean (David) Arnold, Robert (Terri) Savage, and Judith White; seven grandchildren, Brittany (Corey) Webb, Tiffany Hulett, Ryan Savage, Ava Savage, Ashley Savage, Cameron White, and Chelsea White; and great-grandchild, Emma.  He was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister, Barbara Schwemmin.

Private interment will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.  A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Church of the Resurrection, Lansing, Michigan, or Old Newsboys Association, Lansing, Michigan, in memory of William Savage.

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Julie Wood
January 24, 2021 at 5:54 pm

So very sorry for your loss. He always had such a warm smile, I know he will be missed immensely and am hoping your fond memories will help you during your grief.

The Wood family

January 24, 2021 at 7:43 pm

Such a wonderful man he was with a great smile.

Nichole Collins
January 25, 2021 at 11:25 am

Many thoughts and prayers coming from our family in the U.P. He will be greatly missed. I hope you all will find comfort and peace knowing he’s riding his bike again and looking over each and every one of you.

Debbie Gerber
January 25, 2021 at 2:11 pm

I am so glad I was able to see and get to know Mr. Savage on several occasions. He always seemed to be smiling. He and Mrs. Savage raised a wonderful family. I am so very sorry for his loss. Sending love and prayers.

January 25, 2021 at 3:29 pm

Favorite Fan! We’ll try and win one for you as soon as we are back on the field.
Great parenting role model.

Al Ott - ONB
January 25, 2021 at 6:10 pm

Bill, it was a privilege & pleasure to know you. You were a proud member of COOP-Old Newsboys Past Presidents. God Bless !

Laura Ludwig
January 25, 2021 at 7:51 pm

A man who cared very much about family, community, showing up and having fun! A great neighbor, friend, and very patient coach (Go, Mike’s Shop Rite!). A lovely family that we are all thinking of and keeping in our hearts and prayers. To all of the Savages (even if y’all have married and taken different last names 🙂 ), kids, grandkids and relatives, we send you our deepest sympathies, hugs and love from far away….wish we could give you a hug in person. The Ludwig family

Bill Lebel
January 26, 2021 at 5:31 pm

I’m very sorry to learn of Bills passing. Bill was a few years older than I was, and he was a mentor, role model and friend during my career at mdot. Bill and Mary exemplified what a family should be, and we will always treasure his friendship. Rest In Peace, buddy.

Joanne Rohrs
January 26, 2021 at 7:34 pm

Jean, you and your entire family have my deepest sympathy as you grieve the loss of your beloved dad. May your pictures and memories of him wrap you in comfort and peace. “They whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are.”
Love and Prayers,

Jennafer Windels
January 27, 2021 at 10:53 am

He will be missed by so many. So very sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers.

Debbie and Lowell Conner
January 27, 2021 at 10:59 am

We are Sorry to hear the news. Praying for the family. Hold special memories close in your hearts.

Love, Debbie and Lowell Conner

Kristen Hintz
January 28, 2021 at 7:09 am

Thinking of you Judy, Cameron & Chelsea as you miss your amazing father/grandfather. -The Hintz Family

Judy Greene
January 29, 2021 at 7:59 am

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and yours!

Debbie Cochran (Sproul)
January 29, 2021 at 12:35 pm

So sorry for your loss. I worked with Bill at the beginning of my state career and as many workers in the late 70s/80s would say “those were the days”. He was a wonderful and fun spirited person. I know he will be missed by all.

Carrie A Brady
February 5, 2021 at 3:46 am

Judy & family,

I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. You’re in my prayers and have my deepest condolences.

Kerry Keyton
February 21, 2021 at 12:39 am

Jean, Bob & Judy…so truly sorry for your families loss! Prayers & blessings to you all!

Tim Potter
February 22, 2021 at 10:17 pm

I hadn’t heard of Bill’s passing til this evening. I greatly appreciated his contributions to advancing bike safety training in the Lansing area. I participated in one of the weekend classes he organized at the MSU Ag Pavilion during which I learned some good helpful skills. Bill served as a good role model to the rest of us when it came to giving back to passions that he cared a lot about to help the next generation. Thank you for that Bill.

Paul T Hamilton
February 23, 2021 at 5:53 am

I worked with Bill for many years while I was at Tri-County & in ITE, both before & after he retired from MDOT.

Bill was a lion in the Michigan Traffic Engineering community, always quick to respond if I unneeded his advice or the counsel of his expertise & wisdom!

There’s a new traffic engineer in heaven–so all modes are going to be sharing the road more safely there now!

Prayers to his family & friends!

Jacque Wallace Erdman
February 23, 2021 at 8:31 pm

I fondly remember years when Bill and George “pulled” me through some tough days on DALMAC, and will miss Bill and sharing laughs on Northwest tour. My condolences to the family


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