A private family Mass of Christian burial for 86-year old Jerry Wrage, a founding member of the Chadron State College Rodeo-Ag Club, will be held at St. Luke Catholic Church in Ogallala, NE, with Father Bryan Ernest officiating.
The service will be recorded and posted at drauckerfh.com, and there will be a celebration of life later this summer when all can travel safely.
Interment will be at the Ogallala Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Tabitha Hospice in Lincoln, NE, or Nebraska Medicine Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha, NE. Donations may be sent to Susan Weismann, 10711 Ashby Circle, Waverly, NE 68462.
Online condolences may be shared at drauckerfh.com
Gerald P. “Jerry” Wrage was born to Ansel and Lillian “Bobbie” (Cronin) Wrage on Sept. 26, 1934, in a motel near Valentine, NE, and passed away Dec. 20, 2020, surrounded by family at his home in Lincoln.
While attending Valentine High School, he excelled in football, basketball and track. After graduating in 1953, he went to South Dakota State to play football, but later transferred to Chadron State College to further his athletic and rodeo endeavors.
While at CSC, he met and married the love of his life, Margaret Tryon. They were married in her hometown of Morrill on Aug. 22, 1955.
As a life-long cowboy, he learned to rope and bulldog from his father. Together and separately, they won many a go-round while little brother, Fran, announced. At Chadron State, he was a charter member of the Rodeo-Ag Club started in 1955.
After college, Jerry continued his love of sports. He was always attending the many games and events of his children, nephews, nieces and grandchildren. He was known to travel all over Nebraska, Iowa, Wyoming and even California if a relative was coaching or playing.
Jerry’s first job took the couple to Lincoln where he worked for the Nebraska Farmer, fulfilling his passion for ranching, the cattle industry and “visiting” until the cows come home. Everyone Jerry met was no longer a stranger.
Jerry’s knowledge of the cattle industry led him to the agricultural banking business as the president of the Bank of Keystone.
Jerry and Margaret settled in Keith County, building their home overlooking Keystone and the Platte Valley and remained for 49 years.
Few things brought him greater satisfaction than to help his friends and neighbors become successful in their endeavors. He never stopped trading cows or “wild westies” during his retirement as field representative of Ogallala Livestock Auction Market. In fact, Jerry was still brokering cattle until his move to Lincoln two years ago.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Scott Ansel Wrage; and younger brothers, John and Mike Wrage. Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Margaret; daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Tim Weismann of Waverly and Laurie Wrage and Ken Priesner of Ogallala; son and daughter-in-law, Shawn and Rebecca Wrage of North Platte; grandchildren, Jessica (Weismann) and Jared Carr and Nick Weismann, all of Lincoln; very special great-grandson, Waylen Scott Carr;
He was also preceded by brother and wife, Fran and Jean Wrage of Surprise, Arizona; brother-in-law and wife Stewart and Joan Tryon of Lincoln; sisters-in-law, Marge Wrage of Hershey and Kathy Wrage of Tampa, Florida; aunt, Shirley “Sis” (Wrage) Daniels of Ainsworth; and many other relatives and friends.
Draucker Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.