Rev. Lawrence Saeger
Reverend Lawrence W. Saeger, asleep in Jesus on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 8:13 pm in his home.
Rev. Saeger was born July 8, 1943 in Quincy, Illinois the son of William F. and Arlene A. Meyerand Saeger. On November 25, 1967 he married Susan Ann Diener at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in St. Louis, Missouri. She survives
Rev. Saeger was a 1961 graduate of Quincy Senior High School. He graduated from Culver-Stockton College in 1965 with a BA in History and Political Science. In 1970 he was awarded the Bachelor’s of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Illinois. He later recieved his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. During his active years in the ministry, Rev. Saeger served the following parishes: St. Paul/Hope Lutheran Churches in Texhoma/Boise City, Oklahoma; Grace Lutheran Church in Freeport, Texas; Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Illinois and Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia, Illinois.
For over ten years, Rev. Saeger served as a chaplain at the Vandalia Correctional Facility in Vandalia, Illinois. Throughout his career in ministry, he also served in the Central Illinois District performing various ministerial and counseling roles. He retired from the active ministry in August 2005.
Rev. Saeger was a founding member of the National Thespian Society at Quincy High School. He was also a member of Theta Alpha Phi Dramatics Fraternity at Culver-Stockton College. Since retirement he has served on the Board of Directors of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Survivors include his wife, Susan of Quincy; two daughters, Laura Susan (Thomas) Dison of Effingham, IL and Debra Susan Gatewood of Quincy; a son-in-law, Kerry Gatewood; four grandsons, Anthony William Eugene (Emily) Willenborg of Yarmouth, MA, Christian Lee Dison and Alexander Ross Dison, both of Effingham, IL and Kaiden William Lee Gatewood of Quincy; three great grandchildren, Makenzie Rylynn Willenborg of Effingham, IL, Thomas Joseph Lawrence Willenborg of Yarmouth, MA and Mason Reed Willenborg of St. Elmo, IL; a sister, Janet Kay Fritz of Payson, IL; a brother, E. Lee Saeger of Plain City, OH; a niece, Stacey (Christopher) Schutte of Holten, KS, a nephew, Shawn (Tracy Tanner) Fritz of Payson, IL; two great-nieces; one great-nephew; two aunts; an uncle; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Jessica Renea Willenborg.
Services: 11:00 am on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in St. James Lutheran Church with the Rev. Marlin Rempfer officiating.
Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois
Visitation: 9:00 to 11:00 am on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at St. James Lutheran Church.
Memorials: St. James Lutheran School, Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.