Visitation will be between 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2023 at the funeral home. Officiating at the service will be Pastor Ryan Campos. Interment will follow the service in Cloud Cemetery, Ballard, Missouri.
The family suggests memorial donations be given to the Travis Lee Sage Love Fund or the Optimist Club and may be left at the funeral home.
Travis Lee Sage slipped away peacefully surrounded by family on December 28, 2022 in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, two days before his 40th birthday. He was born the fourth child of Harold and Ruth Sage on December 30, 1982 in Clinton, Missouri. He attended Hudson Elementary and Appleton City High School before attending Ozarks Technical College in Springfield Missouri.
He began working at a young age for Leonard Bartz where he learned pig farming and repair. While residing in Springfield he worked at Meeks Lumber and Dyke Lumber, where he became known by his friends as Cletus. Upon returning to Appleton City he worked at Zink Motor Company until he started his own business, Sage Fencing. He spent much of his time working on cars, farm equipment, and with animals. He was never more than a phone call away if anyone had a need. Somehow he always knew how to fix whatever needed fixing. His work can be seen all over the countryside in fences and corrals.
Travis was united in marriage to Abby Marie Stout on June 3, 2006. They had two children together; Everlee Louise Sage, born September 19, 2011 and Arlo Hugh Sage, born October 4, 2013. The family home was remodeled with the blood, sweat, and tears of the family and many friends who helped to work on it.
Travis loved animals, he had cows, pigs, dogs, and cats. He began a hog operation that he shared with his children. He had his father-in-law teach him how to process meat and set up what the kids referred to as his “meat box” to process fresh meat from the farm. He loved to camp and float, even buying enough canoes for the whole family to go together. He would often spearhead the grill on family camping trips. He often worked behind the scenes in the community and would volunteer to help work on the baseball and tennis court fences, dunk tank, and the Appleton City Carousel. Travis was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Appleton City, baptized on December 2, 1990, and he served as a trustee for many years.
He is survived by his wife Abby and children Everlee and Arlo, of the home; parents Harold and Ruth Sage of Appleton City; siblings: Lori (Tim) Bartz of Appleton City, Jamie (Mike) Oberly of Appleton City, and Dustin (Dana) Sage of Springfield; parents-in-law Dick and Ronda Stout of Appleton City; sisters-in-law Sarah (Colby) Bourland of Appleton City and Baily Stout (Nathan O’Farrell) of Montrose. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews: Megan (Dray) Schenker, Cody (Ally) Oberly, Clayson (Brittani) Bartz, Wyatt (Tylar) Oberly, Mikaila Field, Shelby Bartz, Isabella Bartz, Macey Sage, Taylor Bourland, Kenzie Bourland, Molly Sage, and Harlee Bourland. Travis will be greatly missed by many family and friends.