Lyall H. Sage

March 21, 1932February 6, 2019
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Lyall H. Sage, 86, a resident of Franklin, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at the Veterans Home in Oxford.

He was born on March 21, 1932 in Sayre, Pennsylvania, the son of Edna Sage. He graduated from Towanda High School in June 1950. He married Roberta Moody Sage in Dushore, Pennsylvania on May 3, 1952.

Lyall worked at Ingersoll Rand in Athens, Pennsylvania as a machinist until he enlisted in the US Army in 1950. He served during the Korean War in the Military Police guarding the gold at Fort Knox. He was honorably discharged as a Corporal on May 9, 1955 and served with the US Army Reserves until May 31, 1961.

He returned to work at Ingersoll Rand until he accepted an appointment with the New York State Police on October 25, 1956. He was assigned to Troop C as a uniform trooper and later became a member of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He was stationed at Sidney, Cooperstown, Oneonta and Margaretville barracks. Lyall also served on Governor Rockefeller’s detail when he visited the Otesaga in Cooperstown, was part of the accident investigation unit, was senior trooper for several recruits and taught at the NYS Police Academy in Albany. He retired on August 17, 1977 with 21 years of police service.

In retirement, Lyall held a variety of jobs including private investigator, car salesman, Center Disciplinary Officer at Oneonta Job Corp, mail room supervisor at Hartwick College, construction worker on I-88, tractor trailer driver and courier for Wilber National Bank.

Lyall was a member of the Masons, Elks, Police Benevolent Association, Antique Car Club, Ouleout Valley Fish and Game Club, Franklin American Legion Post #1689 and attended the Franklin Community Bible Church.

Lyall was an avid fisherman and hunter. He loved animals, enjoyed playing pool and a good game of poker with his buddies. To keep in shape after retiring he swam laps and walked. He was proud to show off his 1956 Oldsmobile Holiday and had a cameo appearance driving his car in the movie Cobb, during filming in Cooperstown.

Lyall was a dedicated family man who loved his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed taking them fishing, on 4-wheeler, snowmobile and tractor rides around the field behind his home.

He is survived by his wife Roberta, of nearly 67 years; his children, Karen Sage, Linda (Sage) and Tom Worden, Kelly (Sage) and Douglas Coughlin; grandchildren, Brad and Tina Brundege, Keri (Brundege) and Jeff Enslow, Justin Worden, Jonathan and Kathryn Worden, Lindsay Worden, Daniel Coughlin, Sage Coughlin, Jeffrey Coughlin; and great-grandchildren Alex Brundege, Dylan Brundege, Leah Brundege, Emma Enslow and Emmaline Worden; and sister Eileen Sherman.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2 pm with a Memorial Service to follow at 3 pm at the Franklin Community Bible Church, 89 Center Street, Franklin with Pastor Walt Schlundt officiating.

Burial with military and state police honors will take place at a later date in the Ouleout Valley Cemetery, Franklin.

Donation in Lyall's memory may be made to your local SPCA.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website:

Arrangements are by the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, Franklin.


  • Calling Hours

    Sunday, February 10, 2019

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, February 10, 2019


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Greg Horth

February 20, 2019

It was with great sadness that I learned that my old Boss and Mentor Lyall had Passed. I don’t get the Star and hadn’t seen him in some time and did not know he was in Oxford.
I remember the first day I met him in 1980. I was applying as a Security Officer at Oneonta Job Corps and he was very gently and eloquently approaching the subject of weather or not I would able to work with minorities. 25 years later, I left after becoming a Vocational Educator, leaving to open my own business, so Lyall decided I could handle that position back then and as always, was proved correct by my longevity. In the years I worked with him as an Officer and all the years since, I will always remember his sense of humor and sage advice. (No pun intended). I still remember some of the stories he told me of his time with Troop C and with the BCI. Always a gentleman and a professional, he remained calm as chaos took place around him. I list Lyall as one of those few people in my life who molded me into the individual I am today. They say some people can be replaced, and some can, but not Lyall. There will only be one!

Kathy (Zuk) Mahon

February 14, 2019

I grew up across the road from the Sage family and fondly called them Uncle Lyall and Aunt Bertie. So many precious memories of so much time spent swimming, playing ball, family dinners, Halloween parties- you name it! But my favorite memory is Uncle Lyall mowing- all the time. He mowed that lawn to perfection and our baseball diamond. He was a man of such great character and the world will sorely miss his presence. Thanks for being neighbors to my parents always! Love you and see you someday soon!

Patrick OHara

February 14, 2019

I have many fond memories of Lyall and my Uncle Dick. You could be assured of a good time when those two got together. I always enjoyed listening to their Trooper stories from back in the day. He seemed to really enjoy his retirement. Unfortunately, we had company up from Long Island and were unable to attend the funeral service. Please accept our heartfelt condolences on his passing. He was one of a kind and will be missed.

Larry Brundege

February 11, 2019

Have so many fond memories of Lyall, I thought of him as a second father and his influence on me and our family was huge. So glad he encouraged me to pursue a career in the NYSP. He will be missed ..

Dede & Dave Simpson

February 11, 2019

Sooo many occasions were captured by Uncle Lyall throughout the years - as he later would present us with “his” pictures that he’d taken at special events. Fondly we look back upon them now and thank him for letting us see the day from his view. PRICELESS. I bet a “heavenly” game of Pitch is being played now. Loved and admired. ALWAYS. Thank you for treating us no different than your own. RESPECT.
• RIP Uncle Lyall • you WILL be missed •

Wayne Balnis jr

February 10, 2019

Out deeest thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
~ Wayne and Carla Balnis, Oneonta

Chris Worden

February 10, 2019

Memories of hunting with Lyall, the stories he shared, the Norwich Car Show, and driving us in his 1956 Olds for our wedding are just a few. He was happy to see you and always took time to talk. So sorry for the loss of a geniune man, he's a part of a disappearing generation. It's so sad.

Chris, Kat, Christina and Meghan


February 9, 2019

Roberta I am so sorry for your loss. You may not remember me but I went by the Nick Name in high school of Butts Baker as they said when playing football I lowered my head and Butted like a Billy Goat. Lyall and I played Varsity Football together for 3 seasons and enjoyed many laugh's.
I also served 21 years with the New York State Trooper's, but never in Lyalls
You are in my Thought's, and Prayer's Roberta.

God Bless,

Robert E. Baker/Butsy

Trudy Kaiser

February 8, 2019

I will never forget the many days and night I spent at your home. I was always made to feel at home and am proud to be a part of your extended family. Your memories will carry on in the hearts of the ones who know you. May you rest in peace Uncle Lyle. My condolences to Aunt Bertie and all the family....

Kerri Lupfer

February 8, 2019

I am so sorry to hear this. May you all find some peace in awhile.

Kerri and John


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