Robert Leroy Gage (1946-2017)

Robert Leroy Gage
August 8, 1946 – December 11, 2016

Retired Air Force Colonel Robert Leroy Gage, age 70, of O’Fallon, Ill., born August 8, 1946 in Canby, Minnesota, died December 11, 2016 in a traffic accident near Chattanooga, Tenn.

Bob served 26 years in the US Air Force in Security Police and as Chief of Police at three different bases. His many awards and recognitions include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with seven devices, and the Humanitarian Service Medal with one device. He retired from Scott AFB in 1994.

After his Air Force retirement, Bob worked for Logistics Management Engineering. He also implemented security standards for several city and county water systems. He served his community in many ways: he had been Board President for LINC, the Project Manager for BEACON of Belleville, and most recently, was the “Chief Groundskeeper” for the Fontabella Maternity Home farm property. At the age of 60, Bob obtained his commercial driver license; he did some long-distance driving, but he most enjoyed hauling corn for local farmers.

Bob was never bored, as his hobbies included snorkeling, photography, bird hunting, taxidermy, guitar, keyboard, adult coloring books and golf. Bob was a parishioner at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, where he was active in various ministries. He was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, husband, and friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bob and Pansy, nee Eckley, Gage, and brothers Leslie and Harry.
Surviving are his wife Sharon, nee Tennessen, Gage; two daughters Lynette Gage, Lisa Callahan and her husband Barry; his eight much-loved grandchildren Isaac, Jessica, Megan, Ashley, Tristan, C.J., Libertie, and Liam; and his sister Phyllis Malwitz. Also surviving are many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers and other gifts, memorial donations are suggested to St. Vincent de Paul Society or to Fontabella Maternity Home. The Gage family is grateful to the community for their prayers and kindness following Bob’s tragic death, and for Sharon’s continued recovery. The guestbook may be signed at

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 8:00 pm, Thursday, May 11, 2017 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 625 St. Nicholas Dr., O’Fallon, and from 9:00 – 9:45 am, Friday, May 12, 2017, at the church.

Funeral: A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am, Friday, May 12, 2017, at the church, with Msgr. William Hitpas presiding and Rev. James Deiters concelebrating. Burial of cremated remains will follow, with military honors, at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh, Ill.
Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon, Illinois