Millard D. “Doc” Savage of Waukesha passed away on August 27, 2021 at the age of 93 with his daughters by his side at Angels Grace Hospice. He was born in Milwaukee on January 11, 1928, the son of Oscar and Katherine (nee: Karner) Savage. Millard graduated from Custer High School and went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1946-1966. It was during his service that he was given the nickname “Doc” from his initials M.D. and he earned the rank of Master Sergeant. On June 27, 1948, he was happily married to his wife, the former Shirley Schmechel. Together they celebrated 49 years of marriage prior to her death on November 9, 1997. After retiring from the United States Marine Corps, he was employed by Briggs and Stratton until retiring in 1993. Doc and Shirley loved having family over and spending time with family at their trailer up north. He and Shirley turned the piece of property into a home away from home for the whole family. Doc volunteered with the Special Olympics and in the sport of Speedskating where his passion helped the sport grow by getting new clubs started across the United States. Aside from supporting his daughters Karen and Holly in their speedskating adventures, Doc was involved in the recruitment of new athletes, the development of training materials, and the creation of the Coaching Education Program. His passion for the sport and his involvement in its success was formally recognized when Doc was inducted into the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 21, 2000, in Irvine, California.
He will be dearly missed by his children Scott (Wendy) Savage of Merrill, Holly (Richard) Gerard of West Bend, Karen (James) Bregger of Waukesha, and his son-in-law Lee Wenig of Oconomowoc. He was preceded in death by his eldest daughter, Cindy Wenig.
He was the proud grandfather of Jeb Savage, Kate (Wayne) Gruhlke, Jarrett Savage, Zachary (Molly) Mertens, Luke (Becky) Mertens, Caleb (Bridgette) Mertens, Hannah Mertens (Fiancé Tanner), Amanda (Jon) Stewart, Joshua Bregger, Nicole (Mike) LeBuhn, Kristin (Chris) Woodard, and Ariel (Zach) Schieffer. He was also the great grandfather of Camryn Gruhlke, Aurelia Mertens, Olivia Mertens, Emmett LeBuhn, Nathan LeBuhn, Lily Woodard, and Zoey Schieffer who will be arriving soon.
He is further survived by his half-brother Donald (Roberta) Gerds of Manhattan Beach, California, other relatives, and many friends.
Visitation and services will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 1205 S. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186 from 12:00 PM until the funeral service begins at 3:00 PM. Graveside services with full military honors will take place Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Wauwatosa Cemetery, 2405 N. Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53213 at 1:00 PM. Please meet at the cemetery.
Memorials in Millard’s name are appreciated to: Amateur Speedskating Union Foundation, c/o Robert Halden, 140 Carmella Drive, Irwin, PA 15642 (Please make note in memory of Doc Savage on your check), Special Olympics Wisconsin, 10224 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, WI 53092, or The USO.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Angels Grace Hospice for the exceptional care that was provided.
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