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Bobby Sagely

Bobby Charles Sagely passed away May 2, 2013, at Spring Hill Manor after a long battle with COPD/emphysema.

A celebration of life will be 12:30 p.m., July 20, at the Rough and Ready Grange for family and friends.

Bobby was born on Dec. 28, 1931, in Roland, Okla., to James Curtis and Effie Sagely. His family relocated to Southern California where he graduated high school and entered the Air Force.

Bobby worked at Space Technology Labs in 1956 as a computer operator in the early days of space explorations. In 1961, the family moved to New York to work for American Airlines on the installation of its automated Sabre System. After that, it was on to T.R.W. San Juan Capistrano Test Facility where the L.E.M. engine for the first moon landing was being tested. From there he was transferred to Anaheim to become western region manager for T.R.W. Credit Data.

In 1978, Bobby and family came to Nevada County and fulfilled a lifelong dream to build their own home.

In 2002, Bobby visited an old gas station in Rough and Ready, where a group of musicians called the Fruit Jar Pickers were playing music for anyone who wanted to listen. He pulled out his old guitar and joined the group. That was the beginning of an 11-year journey of fun, friends and music that made the waning years of his life a time of joy.

He is survived by his bride of 60 years, Eleanor “Ele” Sagely; three children, Robert John (Pamela) Sagely, Michael Jerome (Stacy) Sagely and Kathleen Sagely (Roy) Goodwin; grandchildren Olivia Seich, Kaitlyn Sagely, Mitchell Sagely, Isabella Sagely and Anthony Sagely; great-granddaughter, Lisette Seich; and his sister, Norma Lee Beller of Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James C. and Effie Sagely; brother, James Curtis Sagely Jr.; sisters Goldie Carleese Hudson, Vera Fay Linville and Jerry Brooks.


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