Theo K. Savage

Theo Kay Savage, considered a legend by many, who dedicated his life to serving his community, and the countless youth that entailed, went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 4, 2020. Theo, 78, of Mulliken, was born September 2, 1942, the son of Phil and Letha (Lunn) Savage. He attended Loucks School through the eigth grade. He later went on to attend Charlotte High School. In high school Theo joined the FFA as a freshman. In his senior year Theo was awarded the State Farmer of the Year award. Farming meant the world to Theo, at one point he farmed close to 1,000 acres. In the 80s farming took a rough turn and Theo used his truck driving skills that he accrued from his farming and started driving semi for Meijer. He would retire from Meijer in 2006 after 20 years of driving truck. On January 4, 1998 Theo married Laurie Sinclair. Theo was a man that volunteered when needed. He served as an usher and a youth group counselor for the Nashville Baptist Church. In the community Theo has served on numerous boards; Eaton County Fair board for 35 years, treasurer for the Loucks School for 18 years, Eaton County Struttin Toms, a chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation for 15 years, Lakewood Wrestling club board, and also the Roxand Township Board of Review. Theo just recently received the Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions Zone 1 Volunteer of the Year award in honor of his devoted and valuable service. In 2018 Theo was a recipient of the Fair board’s prestigious Emerald Award for his service to the youth through the Eaton County Fair and most recently was honored with the dedication of a building in his name, “The Theo Savage Exhibition Center.”
When Theo was not serving the community, he had a strong love for hunting. He hunted just about anything from deer, bear, turkey, racoon, elk. If you could hunt it, then Theo pursued it. Over the years Theo has developed a large network of hunting buddies. Every year he would host his hunting family at his house for a bear hunters get together. Everyone that knew Theo knows that he always had a story to tell. He was a man who was one of a kind. Theo never met a stranger. Above all Theo loved and cherished his family.
Theo is survived by his wife, Laurie Savage; children, Rebecca (Geno) Roberts, Phil (Chris) Savage, Carrie (Nathan) Hause, Lisa Volz, and Staci (Alex) Lowe; 11 grandchildren, Taylor, Trevor, Tegan, Mitch, Julia, Brooklyn, Breslyn, Caleb, Morgan, Brady, and Austin; 1 great-grand-daughter on the way, Aidyn Jerlene; brother, Bruce (Carmella) Savage; numerous beloved extended family members; and his hunting buddies. He was predeceased by his parents, Phil and Letha.
Friends are encouraged to support Theo’s family. Visitation was Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 1 to 8 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. His funeral service was for family only. It was always Theo’s wish to have his funeral at the Eaton County Fairgrounds. There will be a future Celebration of Life for Theo at the fairgrounds when it is safe to do so.
If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to The Eaton County Fairgrounds, checks payable to ECAS (Eaton County Agricultural Society). Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Theo on his tribute page at
The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.