Jefferson (“Jeff”) Dietrich Savage, 51, of Kellyville, OK, went to be with his Lord on Friday, December 10.
Visitation will be 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Friday, December 17, at Smith Funeral Home, 1208 S. Main Street, Sapulpa. Memorial Services will be 2:00 PM Monday, December 20, at Coalition Church, 24543 OK-33, Sapulpa, with Pastor Greg Hurst officiating. In honor of Jeff’s favorite meal, prior to the service at the church family and friends are welcome to attend a pizza luncheon at 12:30 PM that was graciously donated from Simple Simons. Randy and Rebecca will have a Christmas Tree at the Memorial Services and would like everyone to bring an ornament, picture, or anything you would like to hang on the tree in loving memory of their Father. Randy and Rebecca are also encouraging western attire or the color blue for the Memorial Services as it was Jeff’s favorite.
Jeff was born December 11, 1969, in Bartlesville, OK, to Ed and Carolyn Savage and was baptized on January 11, 1970, at Redeemer Lutheran Church. He graduated Bartlesville High School and Bartlesville Tri-County Technical School’s Automotive Service Technology program in 1988 with a 4.0 GPA. He attended Arizona Automotive Institute in Glendale, Arizona, and earned his Automotive & Diesel Technology degree with high honors and many awards. He was always proud to tell others he had perfect attendance at college just like his dad. Through Jeff’s extensive post-graduate studies and experience, he achieved the Automotive Service Excellence certification and specialized in Air Conditioning, Trim, and Electrical systems. He was an automotive technician for Sunland Lincoln Mercury and Sanderson Lincoln Mercury in Phoenix, Arizona, for five years prior to moving his family to Kellyville, OK, in 1996. He worked at Ford of Tulsa until 2008 and then Clifford Power Systems until 2011 when he took an early retirement to focus on his health. He was the bravest person. Jeff battled and fought each day with his health to give everybody more days with him on earth. He lived with an incurable disease that caused an unimaginable life of fear and pain. Living each day is one of the most extraordinary acts of courage and strength and losing a courageous battle doesn’t make a person weak. He will forever be remembered by the endless love and acts of kindness that he showed each day. Throughout all of these trials, Jeff lived with the principles of honesty, selflessness, empathy, generosity, compassion and most importantly, a genuine love for his Lord, family, and friends.
Jeff’s most treasured blessing was his family. He and the mother of his children, Kerri Caputo, provided a strong spiritual foundation in a Christ-centered home to son and daughter Randy and Rebecca. Many life lessons were taught through the mountains and valleys of life experiences, and they always encompassed Faith, Hope, and Love. He was a doting father to his daughter, Rebecca and son, Randy. However, his granddaughters were his world and had him wrapped around their fingers. Jeff’s family is his pride and joy. His love languages of serving others and quality time are evident in that. He spent his life showing his family what it looks like to love others through the smallest gestures. From bringing sweet treats to his daughter’s work, taking his granddaughters to the park and McDonalds, bringing flowers to his loved ones, fixing broken things, and fishing time with his son and brother. He was a man who enjoyed being present in your life, even if it meant sitting with you and staring into a bonfire or sitting on a fishing dock.
Jeff had many hobbies and thoroughly enjoyed building cars, watching movies (especially Fast & Furious), riding motorcycles, and camping with his friends and family. He found comfort in singing worship songs with the praise team as well as karaoke at any kind of gathering. His other hobbies included riding horses, watching his cousin race, boating on the lake, arm wrestling with his buddies, but most of all – fishing! He always had several fishing poles in his car, truck, or boat to spontaneously visit any lake or pond.
Jeff affectionately had nicknames for his loved ones. He is survived by his son, Randall Savage (Buddy) and significant other Heather Kelley; his daughter, Rebecca Romine (Shoogs/Boogs) and husband Tyler (Jimmy); two granddaughters Brooklynn (Sugar Bear) and Paisley (Smiley) Savage; a brother Ken Savage (Brother) and wife Karen; and a sister Susan Riden (Sis) and husband James (Jim Bob).
He is also survived by nieces and nephews who he spent countless hours entertaining niece Kendra Savage-Lopez (Knucklehead) and husband Pedro Lopez; nephew Wes Savage (Westerman); niece Ashley Welchel (Sweet Pea) and husband Taylor; nephew Michael Wilkinson (Mr. Mike) and wife Tanner; and two great nephews Brantley and Hunter Welchel. Jeff is also survived by two paternal aunts Dena Miller and husband Joe; Linda Lady and husband Don; as well as four maternal aunts Pat Durheim and husband Bud; Henrietta Swarthout; Dorothy Gilbreath and husband Jack; and Barbara Weintz and husband Bill. Survivors also include close friends Pastor Greg and Kimberly Hurst and Kenneth and Tonya Lee. Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Carolyn Savage, two sisters Donna Savage and Lisa Weigl; and one brother-in-law, Rodney Weigl.
Memorials may be made to:
Coalition Church Praise & Worship Team
24543 OK-33 Sapulpa, OK 74066