He was born June 6, 1926 at Oberlin, to Walter Ward and Opal (Macy) Sauvage. He was raised in Oberlin and attended Oberlin schools.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
On Aug. 6, 1965, he married Janice Bryan in Las Vegas. They lived in Oberlin until 1985. He was the owner of Sauvage Gas Co. and Western Gas Resources. The couple lived in Las Vegas.
He was a member of the Elks Lodge; Quiet Birdman; and the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Keith Sauvage.
Survivors include his wife, Janice, of Las Vegas; three sons, Nolan of Denver, Colo., Marquis and wife, Dianne of Chicago, Ill., and Alan and wife, Julie of LaJolla, Calif.; three daughters, Mary and husband, Mike Anderson of Goldfield, Nev., Ellen and husband Stewart Swain of Bentonville, Ark., and Jan and husband, Ric Richards of Morrisville, N.C.; and 10 grandchildren.
Services are Monday, 11 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Oberlin with the Rev. Keith Reuther officiating. Interment will follow at the Oberlin Cemetery.
There is no visitation.
Memorials may be directed to Nathan Adelson Hospice.
Pauls Funeral Home of Oberlin is in charge of arrangements.