Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Rev. Lawrence Saeger

Reverend Lawrence W. Saeger, asleep in Jesus on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 8:13 pm in his home.

Rev. Lawrence Saeger | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, IllinoisRev. 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.

Website: www.hansenspear.com

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

  1. Sorry to hear of Pastor’s passing. My sympathies to you, Susan and Debbie, and the rest of the family.

  2. Jan, please know I am thinking about you and your family and praying God will wrap his loving arms around you all and bring you comfort during this difficult time.

  3. I am so sorry to learn of Pastor Saeger’s passing. He was a wonderful pastor at Holy Cross in Vandalia. I admired him and appreciated his friendship. My prayers are with all his family.

  4. Pastor Saeger was a great pastor, friend, and influence to me growing up and I will forever cherish the memories I have with him.

  5. Jan & family,

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers & sympathy to you and yours.

    Donna & David Johnson

  6. I had the privilege of serving as congregational president with pastor at Holy Cross. He was a pleasure to work with and a good godly man. I am sure he is reaping his eternal reward. Gods speed Larry.

  7. Thinking and praying for you all as you mourn the loss of your wonderful husband, father and grandfather. I truly enjoyed having Pastor Saeger stop in the office and chat with me. I will miss his loving spirit and joyful laughter.

  8. Words are so inadequate at a time like this but we hope you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May our Lord God take you by the hand and lead you through this difficult time and grant you peace, strength and hope. Larry was such a special man and was an inspiration to all. He will be missed. With deepest sympathy.
    Bill & Betty

  9. We were saddened to hear about Rev. Saegers passing. We pray for comfort and peace for the family at this time.

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