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Claron West Cage
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 • Posted June 4, 2014

Claron West Cage passed away at home in the company of his family on April 21, 2014. Claron was preceded in death by his parents, Rueben McRae Cage and Stella West Cage, and brother, Rueben Wyatt Cage. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Doris, son Claron Lee (Barbara), daughters Cindy Cage Waggoner, Irene Cage (Ren), and Fern Hardy (Randy). Grandchildren Melissa Waggoner, Tommy Hardy (Cynthia), Alison Chaffey (Dale), great-grand children Vincent Hardy, Aubrey and Harper Chaffey; sister Stella Rae Wiley, sister-in-law Shirley Cage, and many nieces and nephews.

Claron graduated from San Antonio's Brackenridge High School in 1936, and worked in insurance, then served in the military from 1940 to 1945. Claron spent several months in the 124th Cavalry with one of the Army's last horse brigades. When the horse cavalry was merged into the infantry, Claron was shipped overseas and began working in communications, in the China-Burma-India theater, where he received a Purple Heart.

After his release from military service, Claron owned trucks and worked over much of Texas until settling in Blanco to raise children. He worked many different jobs to maintain his family in Blanco, including several years of owning the local confectionary, becoming "Uncle Bubba" to many of the high school kids. Claron made friends easily wherever he was, and his last years picking up milk from area dairies were particular favorites, because of the opportunity to know the dairy owners and their families. But perhaps his best work was unpaid, as he wore out several lawn tractors maintaining the lawns of friends and family around town, for nothing other than an occasional plate of cookies.

A memorial service was held at First Baptist Church, Blanco, on Saturday April 26. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Blanco EMS, PO Box 632, Blanco, Texas.

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