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Columbia Missourian

Bob Gage served in the Air Force and at church

By Kelly Scanlon
October 2, 2013 | 7:56 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Bob Loyd Gage died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at his home in Columbia. He was 81.

He was born in Healdton, Okla., on March 14, 1932, to Allie Foster and Earl Lee Gage.

Mr. Gage grew up in Texas, graduating from Pampa High School in 1950. He attended Amarillo College and graduated from West Texas A&M University in 1973 with a bachelor's of science degree in education.

He enlisted in the Air Force in 1951. After basic training, Mr. Gage was trained as an aircraft mechanic for reciprocating and jet aircraft at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas.

While there, he met Gay Wortman. They married Sept. 4, 1953.

Mr. Gage was discharged from military service in 1955. He and his wife then moved to Amarillo, Texas, where he worked in civil service with the Air Force until he accepted a position as a quality assurance inspector of nuclear weapons with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.

He retired from government service in October 1990 and moved to Columbia in January 1991.

For many years, Mr. Gage served as a deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher in the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Amarillo, Texas. In Columbia, he was the coordinator for Broadway Christian Church's Regional Aids Interfaith Network Care Team.

He is survived by his wife, Gay Gage; a brother, Kenneth Rex Gage and his wife, Ruby; a daughter, Kim Gage Ryan; two grandsons, John Keller Ryan and William Gage Ryan; a great-grandson, Oliver William Ryan; his good friend of 71 years, Glenn Stevens of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews, great-neices and great-nephews.

Two brothers and five sisters died earlier.

There will be an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at his daughter's home, 3100 Yorktown Drive. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to be sent to The Bethany Fellowships, c/o 3100 Yorktown Drive, Columbia, MO 65203.

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