Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory
Ralph Frank Sager, 84, of Yakima, passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital. He was born July 19, 1932, in a one room log cabin near Winlock, Washington, to Frank and Rachel (Isackson) Sager. Excelling in basketball, baseball and football while in high school, he went on to receive an Education Degree while on a music scholarship from Central Washington University where he met, and then married, his beloved wife of 61 years Beverly (Fitzsimmons) Sager on July 10, 1954.
Ralph enlisted in the Air Force in 1955, flying over 3,000 hours in 20 different kinds of aircraft (mainly the T-33, F-86, F-89 and F-101), was an intercept controller and was handpicked to fly for General MacArthur’s 50 airplane flyby. In 1966 he joined United Airlines as a Flight Engineer, upgraded to Co-Pilot and retired in 1985 with over 20,000 hours of flight time in the Boeing 727. He continued to enjoy and share his love of the outdoors: hunting, fishing, golfing, hiking, camping and seeing the beauty in nature, as well as remaining a man of great integrity and love through his life.
His faith in Jesus is revealed in Ralph’s own words, “As much as I was able to accomplish in my profession, I know that I have survived only by God’s love and grace! As I always say, ‘I just did the job, many paid a higher price.’”
He is lovingly survived by his wife Beverly, sister Iris (Sager) Gunderson, son Dennis (Kim), daughter Debra (Rich), grandchildren, Josh, Monica, Heather, Hannah (Ryan) and great grandchild Aislin. A Celebration of his life and testament to the resurrection will be at Grace of Christ Presbyterian Church in Yakima, on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 1 PM. Memorials may be made to Ghormley Meadow Christian Camp or the Yakima Union Gospel Mission in care of Brookside Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936. To share a memory with the family, please log on to www.brooksidefhc.com.
Arrangements by Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory.