Harley LeRoy Savage, age 86, died Saturday, March 19, 2016 with his loving family by his side. He was born March 1, 1930 in Rhinelander to Orie Haven and Dorothy (Hart) Savage. He graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1949, and attended Northland College in Ashland. He served in the U.S. Army in the 82nd Airborne in Korea where he was wounded and awarded a Purple Heart. He re-enlisted July of 1953 in the 86th infantry and served until 1955 when he was honorable discharged. Harley married Faye Muchenberger on September 24, 1955. He was employed at Rhinelander Paper Company for over 40 years and was President of Union Local #91-15 for many years. Harley worked in the Maintenance and Power Departments. He also served on the Police and Fire Commission for 14 years, from 1980-1994 and was on the United Way Board for several years. Harley played football and hockey in high school and college. He also played for the Merrill Foxes football team the Green Hornets Hockey team. He enjoyed watching these sports, especially the Packers. He bowled with his friends at the Labor Temple for many years. Reading his collection of Western books gave him a lot of pleasure in his retirement.
Harley is survived by his wife, Faye; his two children, Rene (Jeff Kroha) and Michael; his grandchildren Amelia Savage and Patrick Zastrow; three nieces and a nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father B.F. (Bill) Golden; sister, Carol (Todd) Sheldon and a daughter-in-law, Amy Fleury Savage.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 30 at 4:30 p.m. at Hildebrand Russ Funeral Home with Chaplain John Uhlarik officiating. Visitation will be from 2:30 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at Nativity of Our Lord Cemetery.
Hildebrand Russ Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists 24 E. Davenport St. Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501 – 715-365-4343. Celebrating lives and healing hearts. All are invite to light a candle, sign the guestbook, leave a photo or an online condolence at www.hildebrandrussfh.com.