Edward Gage, 88, of Corona, peacefully passed away Oct. 1 in Albuquerque. He was born in Dripping Springs, Texas to the late Lewis and Alice (Davidson) Gage on June 27, 1927, and moved to New Mexico in 1984. Edward entered the Merchant Marines at the age of 17. He played semi-pro baseball and softball, and refereed both football and basketball. Sports was a favorite hobby for him and he was very proud of the fact he helped start Little League baseball in Dripping Springs. Edward was a lifetime rancher and was a Hay County Livestock Show superintendent. He retired from the Texas Highway Department after 25 years of service. Edward was preceded in death by his wife, LaVerne Gage and sister, Cleo Dyer. He is survived by his sons, Richard Gage and Bradley Gage; grandchildren, Joshua Gage and Hannah Gage; nephew, James Grumbles; nieces, Peggy Nadeau and Tonya Grumbles and brother-in-law, Dayton Grumbles. A viewing is planned for Oct. 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Capitan Church of Christ. The funeral service will be Oct. 8 at 11 a.m., also at the Capitan Church of Christ, with Preacher Les Earwood to officiate. Interment will immediately follow at the Corona Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Walter Garfield, Jack Davidson, Wesley Wesson, Danny Lueras, George Vasquez and Andy Willingham. Honorary pallbearers will be Waylon Hill, Richard Wesson, Gerald Dean, Rogene Alford, Jack Davidson Jr. and Derrick Jones. Arrangements were entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary.
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