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John Gage

June 15, 2000

John Gage
Memorial services for John Cutter Gage, 76, Eudora, were Friday, June 9, at the First Presbyterian Church. Cremation was planned with the ashes to be scattered across Mr. Gage's farm.

Mr. Gage died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at his farm home.

He was born July 4, 1923, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of John Bailey and Marjorie (Hires) Gage.

He attended the William Cullen Bryant Grade School and Southwest High School. In 1940, he started college at Kansas University, then accepted an appointment to West Point in New York, graduating in 1945. He graduated from the Kansas University School of Law in 1952. He moved to his farm in 1977.

Mr. Gage served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and practiced law in Lawrence for several years before joining his father's firm, now known as Lathrop & Gage.

During his legal career, he served as chairman of the Junior Section of the Kansas Bar Assn., the Dairy Advisory Committee of the Future Farmers Assn., the Agricultural Law Committee of the American Bar Assn., Legal and Tax Committee of the National Milk Producers Federation; and general counsel for Safety Federal Savings & Loan Assn., the Financial Information Trust and Mid-America Dairyman Inc.

Mr. Gage also had been president of the American Milking Shorthorn Society, organizer and executive secretary of the Red & White Dairy Cattle Assn., director of the Kansas Holstein Assn., and a recipient of the future Farmers Assn. Distinguished Service Award. He also served as director and eventually president of the American Royal Assn., where as president, he was instrumental in the purchase of property upon which Kemper Arena now stands.

Mr. Gage also was an active farmer and helped develop a registered Hereford herd known as Blue Jacket Herefords.

He married Eleanor Jane Pack on June 16, 1950. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, John Gage II, Overland Park, and David Gage, Lawrence; a daughter, Claudia Valentine-Fjone, St. Louis; a brother, Frank Gage, Eudora; eight grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to First Presbyterian Church, American Cancer Society or the charity of the donor's choice, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence.

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