Norman Eudean “Dean” Sager, a 72-year-old Trenton resident, passed away on February 5, 2021 at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton, MO. He was born on June 18, 1948 at Sewal, IA to Norman and Betty Watson Sager.
He is to be cremated under the direction of Slater-Neal Funeral Home in Trenton. A private family service will be held.
Dean graduated from Trenton High School in 1966. He received an AA degree from Trenton Junior College, now North Central Missouri College, in 1968. He then went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from the University of Missouri in January 1971. He then continued his studies to earn a Master’s Degree in Biology from Northwest Missouri State University in 1972.
He was married on January 25, 1970 to Pamela Lynne Woods at the Laredo Christian Church in Laredo, MO. Dean taught Science courses at the junior high, high school, and college levels for over 35 years, mostly in the Trenton R-9 School District. He was on the Interface Steering Committee for the Missouri Department of Education Science and Math departments for 25 years. For the last 11 years, he was the co-owner of Sager Accounting and Tax in Trenton.
He attended Wesley United Methodist Church in Trenton and received his Eagle Scout award from Troop 99 that is sponsored by the church. He was the current Scoutmaster of Troop 99 and served in that role for many years before. He was a Sachem in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say with the tribal name Silent Bull. He was the founder of the Mahaskah District Merit Badge College and was also a founding member of the Trust for Benefit of Grundy County Scouts. He was on several district and council committees in the Pony Express Council. He was a recipient of the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award. He attended Wood Badge, as well. He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge and was a past president and active member of the Grundy County Retired School Personnel.
He enjoyed traveling, visiting all 50 states, as well as a total of 31 countries around the world. He coached softball and baseball for 17 years, including several years for the Trenton Angels. He was a past president of the Trenton Ball Association. He truly enjoyed attending all activities of his children and grandchildren for over 40 years.
Dean is survived by his wife, Pam, and four children: Sarah Sager, and David Sager of Trenton, Anne (Aaron) Davies of Savannah, and Martha (Leonard Rodriguez) Sager of Lee’s Summit; eight grandchildren: Dixie Sager, Kirsten Willtrout, Kourtney, Bray, Aidan, and Avery Davies, Len and Evan Rodriguez; and 2 great-grandchildren, Lane and Charlie Willtrout; three brothers: Fred (Genene) of Springfield, Don (Karen) and Dennis Sager of Trenton; and one sister, Becky (Gary) Hall of Trenton; one brother-in-law, Philip (Jeanne) Woods of Warrensburg, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister-in-law, Annette Sager.
Memorials are suggested to the scholarship fund at North Central Missouri College or the Trust for Benefit of Grundy County Scouts and may be dropped or mailed to the funeral home.
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