Zachary Ryan Ronje Cruz

August 30, 1993November 16, 2010

Zach Ronje Cruz died Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at the age of 17 in Nebraska. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, November 22, 2010, at Cole Funeral Home Chapel, 1113 West Fifth Street, McGregor. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Waco, Texas. Visitation will be 4 to 6 P.M. Sunday at Cole Funeral Home.

Zach was born August 30, 1993, in Waco, Texas and moved to McCook Nebraska in 2005. He played football for Hitchcock County High School in Trenton, Nebraska where he was their quarterback. He also played basketball and was second runner up for homecoming king this year. Zach was an avid Texas Longhorn and Nebraska Corn Husker fan.

Survivors include his mother Barbara Ronje Cruz of McCook; two brothers, John Russell Cruz, Justin Ray Cruz both of McCook, Nebraska; a sister Eleeza Rennea Cruz of McCook, Nebraska; maternal grandmother, Virginia Hart of McGregor; paternal grandfather, Charlie Ronje of McCook, Nebraska; Maternal great grandparents, Oscar and Juanita Hart of Waco; his girlfriend, Laura Jo Miller of McCook, Nebraska.

It has been said that Zach considered everyone at school to be a part of his family. He had an infectious smile that overflowed to everyone he came into contact with.

Zach’s mother, Barbara has said: Now it is time to say our farewells to a very special young man. Zach was loved by many. He may be gone from our physical lives, but his memories will always remain in our hearts. We love you, Zach you will be missed.


  • Funeral Service Monday, November 15, 2010

Zachary Ryan Ronje Cruz

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Janelle Ruzicka

December 10, 2010

Zach, you were an amazing guy and a friend to all, you will be missed. Your family will forever be in my prayers.

Darr Nickerson

November 22, 2010

From the time I met Zach, he always had a basketball in his hands. He was always smiling. He touched our hearts in many different ways. Everyone loved him and that was easy to do. He will be deeply missed by everyone, young and old. Emily says Zach is her best friend. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his family. Love always Darr, Jeremy, Emily and Blake Nickerson

Laura & Schyler& Bill Parde

November 20, 2010

Zach, God needed a Allstar in heaven. He picked the best. You will truly be missed by ALL. Ill miss your hugs and the hey mom hows Parde. Lord be with Zach's family and friends, help them through this tragedy. In Jesus name AMEN.

Mary Crelia

November 20, 2010

Your work is done here on Earth, your life begins in Heaven above.
God has welcomed you with open arms, to spread your wings, an angel you've become. Hearts have broken and they will mend, when they see you once again. The precious Love you've left behind will hold all memories of every kind. Our love thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time of sorrow. with sincere sympathy, Thomas & Mary Crelia & Family.

Lindsay Brusoe

November 20, 2010

Zach was one special kid, his smile could light up the world and was a great friend to all ages. He will be missed by all. Adam, Lindsay, June, and Austin

The Forbes Family

November 20, 2010

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2010

Peggy Fyn

November 19, 2010

I am honored to have had Zach touch my life. His smile was always a ray of sunshine. If you didn't smile back, he immediately had his arms wrapped around you asking what was wrong. I loved that young man to pieces.

November 19, 2010

You touched so many lives in your short life time and will be missed by many. Hold on to the happy memories, live for the best, and trust in the Lord for life is so fragile and so precious. In sincere sympathy, John, Zita, and James Rundel, Trenton, NE

Jeff & Jenny Baker

November 19, 2010

I can not think of the words to say. I know we will miss Zach and his smiling face. It makes me smile everytime I hear "Stuck Like Glue" and imagine him walking the halls singing it. He was a bright light in this world and will greatly be missed. He will always have a special place in our family!
I will keep his family in my prayers for many years to come.

Christina McDonald

November 19, 2010

Zach was a great person to be around when he came to the K Store!! He was always smilin and filled w joy!!!! He will be greatly missed and ur family is in my prayer!!!! Christina McDonald(ex kstore employee in Culbertson, NE)