Ainsworth Star Journal

JohnG. Wrage of Cozad passed away August 17, 2016 at the age of 70. John was born June 15, 1946 in Valentine, NE to Ansel and Lillian (Cronin) Wrage. He graduated from Valentine High School. John married Eileen Hostetter in 1965 and was blessed with five children, Ellie, Marty, Jim, Riley and Ryon. John never met a stranger and was very proud of his Sandhill roots. He was an active supporter of his children and grandchildren’s interests, sports and academics and very boastful of their accomplishments. John was married a second time, to Margaret Drudik (Haines) in 1990. Their combined family included his children, and Marge’s children, Randy, Cindy, Terry and Tina. Golf was John’s true passion; he loved every aspect of the game. He also enjoyed fishing, playing bridge with his friends, and grilling up a great steak. John was an active member of the BPOE; most recently the Cozad Elks Lodge. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ansel Gilbert Wrage and Lillian (Bobbi) Wrage. John is lovingly survived by his wife, Margaret Wrage of Cozad; his children, Ellie (Shawn) Dugle of Loveland, CO; Marty (Louise) Wrage of Greybull, WY; Jim (Maria) Wrage of Des Moines, IA; Riley Wrage of Melbourne FL; and Ryon Wrage of Spring Hill, FL; stepchildren, Randy (Marilynn) Haines of Grand Island, NE; Cindy (Ken)  Stassen of Prior Lake, MN; Terry (Amy) Haines of Hastings, NE; and Tina (Dan) Vanarsdall of Hershey, NE; three brothers, Jerry of Ogallala, NE; Fran of Danning, CA; and Mike of Tampa, FL; 14 grandchildren, Shawn (Jill), Amanda  (Chris), Jeff, A.J., Brooke, Skyler, Lauren, Davis, Jeremy (Jenee), Dana, Nicole (Matt), Damen, Bailie and Logan; six great grandchildren, Cooper, Ty, Brock, McKenna, Diem and Kinley; and many other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his memory. Online condolences may be shared at Cremation was chosen. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, August 22, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church in Cozad with Father Don O’Brien as celebrant. Rosary was recited at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the church. Berryman Funeral Home, was in charge of arrangements. 

A vigil and funeral mass was held for George Langan in Carmichael, CA on August 22 and August 23, respectively. George was born to Francis and Margaret Langan on January 19, 1930, in Gregory. George was the youngest of three children. George married Norene (Mitz) Allum on May 29, 1951 in South Dakota. George’s teaching career began in 1948 in South Dakota and spanned 40 years. In 1960 George moved his family to Carmichael, CA and taught at SJUSD Arcade and Starr King middle schools until he retired in 1989. George also taught catechism at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church. As a member of OLA, George participated in the Knights of Columbus. Coaching was a large part of George’s life. Over the years he coached track, basketball, volleyball and softball at Arcade and Starr King middle schools, JV softball at El Camino high school, Little League; Camellia Bobby Sox and OLA co-ed softball. When George’s children were older, he coached the family co-ed softball team. George’s coaching even continued into retirement as he coached and played on a Golden Seniors softball team. George’s love for South Dakota had him and his family returning every few years to visit friends and relatives. This year, and the previous two years George attended Burke’s Dog Days. He passed away at his home in Carmichael, CA on August 16, 2016. He is survived by 11 of his 12 children: Mitzi Guthrie, Randall, Richard, Sandra VanderPol, Andrea Barrows, Lance, Rosemary Langan, Claudia Neal, Kimberly Langan, Gregory, and Penny Cimino; 26 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and brother Francis M. Langan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Norene (Mitz), brother John Langan, son Michael Langan, and grandson Richard Guthrie, Jr.

Donald Ray Caldwell of Stratton, CO, formerly of Johnstown, NE, passed away on August 10, 2016 at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, CO. He was 72 years and had suffered from a short bout with cancer. Don was born February 1, 1944 at Wood Lake,NE and graduated from Wood Lake High School in 1963. He joined the military in April of 1967 with tours in Germany and Viet Nam and left the service in 1974. Don drove a truck most of his adult life in various locations. He is survived by his wife, Pat of Stratton, CO; children: Dennes, Sara, Michael, Tricia and DeAnna; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; step-mother, Thelma Caldwell of Gresham, OR; siblings: Loraine (Chuck) Evans of Alliance, NE, Peggy (Jack) Kuta of Loup City, NE. Shirley (Louie) Larabee of Ainsworth, NE, Beverly (Dave) Odea of North Platte, NE, Jay (Carlene) Burrows of Ainsworth, NE, Bill (Patty) Burrows of North Platte, NE, Maxine Scarberry of Midland, TX, George (Tarin) Burrows of Broken Bow, NE, Russ Caldwell of Gresham, OR, Kenny Caldwell of Gresham, OR, Shannon Vincelli of Vancouver, WA and Carol (Don) Stewart of Independence, OR; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Russell L. Caldwell in 2005 and his mother, Dorothy Burrows in 2015. A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date.

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