For those who knew him, the sorrow of losing Chase Gage may be lessened as they reflect on the joy and laughter he brought them.

For those who knew him, the sorrow of losing Chase Gage may be lessened as they reflect on the joy and laughter he brought them.

Gage, 19, was killed May 14 in a one-car crash on state Route 55 in Urbana. Gage, a 2013 graduate of Grandview Heights High School, was a student at Wittenberg University.

"Chase was so full of life. He was a great kid," said high school media specialist Erin Engle. "He made everyone he came in contact with smile. He just brought happiness wherever he went.

Gage served as a helper in the school's media center and Engle said she will remember all the times he made her laugh.

"One time we had a large wall clock delivered and Chase was wanting to go out trick-or-treating, but not be recognized as a high school student," she said. "So he used the box the clock came in as a costume. He put eye holes in it and he was just so silly.

"Chase was a real entrepreneur and was always looking for ways to make money," Engle said.

She laughed as she remembered Gage "selling overpriced candy to other students out of his locker.

"He made you laugh, and that's a true gift," Engle said. "I'll always smile when I remember him and I thank him for that."

High school French teacher Steve Hedge taught Gage throughout his high school years.

"Chase was a great person, always positive," Hedge said. "He always had a smile on his face and made everyone feel good. He never had a negative attitude about anything, which is rare."

For a French class assignment, Gage joined other students in making a video.

"He played a kind of 'off-the-beaten-path' grandfather," Hedge said. "He just lived that role. I'll never forget watching the video and seeing him having so much fun playing his role."

But along with his fun-loving side, Gage was a hard-working, high-achieving student, Hedge said, noting he ran his own landscaping business in Grandview even while attending Wittenberg.

Gage had just completed his sophomore year at Wittenberg, where he ran cross country and was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He also was a member of the alumni board and the recipient of the Troy Frank Stallard Scholarship and the Presidential Scholarship.

In high school, he was an honor student, band member and runner on the cross country and track teams.

Gage was a member of Boy Scout Troop 73, and for his Eagle Scout project in 2013, he identified all storm-drain locations in Grandview and placed markers at each site.

Charles "Chase" Gage IV is survived by his parents, Quint and Laura Gage of Grandview; his sister, Selby; his maternal grandparents, Thomas and Martha Lentz of St. Petersburg, Fla.; paternal grandmother, Karen Gage Woody of Charleston, W.Va.; step-grandfather, Charles L. Woody of Charleston, W.Va.; aunts and uncles, T.J. and Renee Lentz of Cincinnati; Katie and Mark Crites of Atlanta, Ga.; Geoffrey and Hope Gage of Morgantown, W.Va.; step-uncle and aunt, C. Ruffner and April Woody of Charleston, W.Va.; great-aunts and -uncles; and numerous cousins.

A celebration of Gage's life and a service was held Sunday, May 17, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Upper Arlington.

Donations may be made to the Chase Gage Scholarship/ Memorial Fund at PO Box 126, Grandview Heights 43212.

Carsonie's, 1725 W. Lane Ave. in Upper Arlington, will donate 20 percent of all lunch, dinner and carryout bills May 26-28 to the fund.

Laura Gage is a first-grade teacher at Hoffman Trails Elementary School in Hilliard. Quint Gage is principal of Montrose Elementary School in Bexley.