Ken Cage is known for his life of service to his country, community
Ken Cage, the man most responsible for building the Marysville Historical Society Museum according to many, and a long-time community member, passed away on March 13.
Cage was the president of the Marysville Historical Society for 17 years, only recently stepping down a few months ago.
He was also involved in many other parts of the community, including the American Legion, Friends of the Marysville Library and as part of local Masonic groups.
That sense of service began when Cage was young and joined the Navy, serving in the Korean War.
“We can start with his service to his country and he just continued to serve his community after that, which we were the beneficiaries of,” said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring.
The Marysville Historical Society’s museum was a big project for the group that had been planned for decades.
Cage began serving as president of the society in 2002 and led the effort, which culminated in a finished building in 2016.
“He was instrumental in planning and building the museum we now have,” said Morrie Sachsenmaier, current president of the Marysville Historical Society.
“He spent so many hours helping to make the museum, and he spent a lot of his own resources to make it happen as well,” he said.
Nehring also said that Cage put in a lot of effort to get that museum finished.
“I don’t believe there would be a museum here today without Ken Cage,” he said.
Beyond the museum, Cage was a big part of keeping Marysville history preserved and keeping the society active.
“Ken has been the backbone of the historical society for many years,” said Sachsenmaier. “We’ll miss his leadership and he was a great guy, he was such a gentle soul."
Damion Stephan, Master at the Crystal Lodge No. 122 in Marysville, said that Cage’s passion about history was clear.
“He was always encouraging us to learn about the history of the Freemasons and of Marysville,” said Stephan.
Cage was a leader at the local lodge and took an active role in the group for many years.
“Ken was actually one of my mentors when I first joined the Freemasons,” said Stephan. “He’s always been a great influence on everybody around him.”
Stephan described Cage as someone who was “kind, intelligent and loyal.”
Many people had heavy hearts about the news that Cage had passed away.
“We’re all going to miss him very much,” said Stephan.
“He’ll be greatly missed and we’re all mourning the passing here,” said Sachsenmaier.
“I was really sad to learn on Wednesday of Ken’s passing,” said Nehring, “Ken was just a real treasure for our community.”
Cage is survived by his wife Ethel, daughter Aleta Phillips, son Arlan Cage, and granddaughter Lindsay Phillips, as well as nieces and nephews.
Donations in memoriam can be made to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, American Legion Post 178, Sacred Harmoines Therapeutic Harp Music Program at Providence General Foundation, the Luekemia and Lymphoma Society, or the Crystal Lodge no. 122 in Marysville.
A service is scheduled for March 20 at 1 p.m. at the Crystal Lodge No. 122 at 419 Columbia St. A graveside service will be held after at the Marysville Cemetery followed by a reception at the Marysville Historical Society’s Museum.