Cecil Odell Gage, 80, was born in Sayre on Sept. 5, 1936, to Guy Gage and Edna Pearl (Chasteen) Gage, and passed from this life Jan. 30, 2017.

Cecil Odell Gage, 80, was born in Sayre on Sept. 5, 1936, to Guy Gage and Edna Pearl (Chasteen) Gage, and passed from this life Jan. 30, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Betty Jo Gage.

Cecil attended Anadarko High School and left before graduating to join the United Stated Marine Corps at age 17 in 1953.

Cecil married Betty Jo McDonald, also of Anadarko, in California on Dec. 19, 1954.

His career in the Marines lasted 23 years, with tours in Korea and Vietnam, a long stay in Hawaii, and retirement in California in 1976. Three years after retiring, the family relocated back to Oklahoma, making Shawnee their new home, where Cecil took up the mantle of bus driver for Bethel Schools for 13 years.

In the past few years, Cecil had reconnected with Jeanelle Lucas of Norman, and they have been loving companions, sharing a special relationship. He was loved and respected by family, friends, and those whose lives he touched.

Survivors include two sons and their families: Melvin Gage, Beth Gage, their daughters Erin and Ella of Denver, Colorado; Eric and Bonnie Gage, and their children Adam and Zoe of Houston, Texas; a granddaughter, Lucinda Thornburg, and great-grandson, Kevin Thornburg of Shawnee; a brother, Charles (Phyllis) Gage of Norman; a sister, Lavon Monk of St. Louis, Missouri; (Betty's family) Xuma (Marvin) Schlegel, Ben (Faye) McDonald, Francis (Sam) Milam, Linda (Leroy) Love, Katie (Larry) Forster all of Anadarko; Ford (Janet) McDonald of Ogden, Utah; a special friend in Jeanelle Lucas of Norman; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and a host of friends.

Services will be at 10 a.m., Feb. 4, at Walker Funeral Service in Shawnee.