Services to honor and celebrate the life of Leslie Sagi will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2016 at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens. The family will receive visitors from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Rice Funeral Service.
Laszlo Andrew Sagi was born Oct. 14, 1943 in Budapest, Hungary to Joseph Sagi and Maria (Labik) Sagi. At the age of 14, he and his older brother, Steve, came to America as refugees. Leslie was taken in by a couple, John and Irene Vereb, and they moved to Gary, Indiana. Upon graduating from high school, he was drafted into the United States Army in 1967. Leslie proudly served in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1969 and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to be near his brother.
While living in Tulsa, Leslie married Elizabeth Kay Allphin in February of 1974. They made their home in Claremore where their family grew with the addition of 2 children. Leslie found employment as an iron worker for Fleming Construction. Health complications forced him into taking an early retirement after a 20 plus year career.
Leslie enjoyed his cows, hunting, fishing and gardening. He was proud of his crops and enjoyed canning and sharing his vegetables with neighbors. He was a member of the local VFW and American Legion and spent countless hours frequenting these favorite spots.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Kay Sagi; son, Joseph Sagi and wife, Shannon of Collinsville; daughter, Jami Beck and husband, Bobby of Owasso; grandchildren, Noah and Jonah Sagi and Kailee and Jackson Beck; niece, Megan Fisher of Claremore and nephew, John Sagi of New Jersey.
Leslie was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Maria Sagi and brother, Steve Sagi.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Hospice of Green Country and to his nurses, Lyndsey and Anna, for the 2 1/2 years of loving care you showed Leslie and our family during our difficult journey. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Green Country, 1120 S. Boston Ave. Suite 200, Tulsa, OK 74119.
Published on April 20, 2016